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    1938 Autograph Book Signed by 160+ with Lou Gehrig & Fred Goldsmith.


    This lot also contains:

    (1) A 1938 Frank Adams (The London Advertiser) handwritten and signed one-page letter to Ellen Stieler (Fred Goldsmith's daughter) inviting him to a sixty-year reunion of the London Tecumsehs (which Goldsmith played for from 1876-78) on August 2nd at Labatt Park in London, Ontario, which he ultimately attended.

    (2) A 1939 Win Clark one-page typed signed letter on "Association of Professional Ball Players of America" letterhead to Ellen Stieler (Fred Goldsmith's daughter) regarding financial assistance and his failing health. Clark, who worked tirelessly to gain APBPA assistance for former players who fell on hard times, added a handwritten and initialed note at the bottom:
    "I am sorry indeed that your 'Dad' is in such a critical condition. The 'Big Umpire' always calls us safe or out. We must trust in 'Him'. W.C."

    (3) Research material, news articles, and correspondence that give insight into the effort that Fred and his family made over the years to get him officially recognized as the inventor of the curveball.

    (4) A letter of provenance from the Goldsmith family stating that Fred Goldsmith compiled the autograph book in 1938.

    Fabulous autograph book compiled during the 1938 season contains over 160 vintage ink signatures from representatives of seven of the eight American League teams, including the world champion Yankees and twenty Hall of Famers.

    1938 Yankees (25) include Lou Gehrig (twice), Joe DiMaggio, Joe McCarthy, Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing, Red Rolfe, Earle Combs, Joe Gordon, Lefty Gomez, Spud Chandler, Tommy Henrich, Frank Crosetti, Wes Ferrell, and Art Fletcher; 1938 Washington Senators (29) include Clark Griffith (pencil), Al Simmons, Goose Goslin, Rick Ferrell, Bucky Harris, Buddy Meyers, Cecil Travis, Dutch Leonard, Clyde Milan, George Case, Ossie Bluege, and Zeke Bonura; 1938 Detroit Tigers (26) include Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Dixie Walker, Birdie Tebbetts, and Boots Poffenberger; 1938 Indians (28) include Bob Feller, Earl Averill, Hal Trosky, and Ken Keltner; 1938 White Sox (27) include Luke Appling, Ted Lyons, Thornton Lee, and Monte Stratton; 1938 Cardinals (26) include Harland Clift, Oral Hildebrand, George McQuinn, Lefty Mills, Red Kress, and Beau Bell; and 1938 Athletics (1) includes Connie Mack.

    The page with the autographs of Fletcher, Gehrig, and McCarthy is particularly interesting as it also contains the autograph and inscription "F.E. Goldsmith 9-15-1938." Frederick Elroy Goldsmith was a successful 19th Century pitcher who later in life mounted a campaign to prove that he was the inventor of the curve ball. At the very least, he was one of the first pitchers to use the pitch and do so effectively. Under his autograph is affixed a newspaper photo of he and McCarthy at Briggs Stadium on the aforementioned date. Entitled "Two Leaders of Two Eras," the caption reads "Fred Goldsmith, 83, back in the eighties pitched the first curve ball for Brooklyn" and goes on to mention that Goldsmith dropped by to visit McCarthy at the Yankees dugout.

    The lot also includes two vintage photos of Nick Altrock (6.75x4.75" and 2.5x2.5", smaller one signed), a newspaper photo of the '38 Yanks, and notes by the book's original owner listing the teams and players he was collecting. While the book exhibits wear and some of the pages are loose from the binding, the signatures grade an overall 9/10 in strength. It should be noted that one of the Gehrig autographs has jumps which leave the "L" and "G" incomplete, however the other exemplar is fantastic. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    16th-17th Thursday-Friday
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