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    1890 Tim Keefe Signed Document Used to Purchase Lumber for the Construction of Brotherhood Park. The sport of baseball has grown by leaps and bounds over its lengthy existence. Early on, pitchers held a distinct advantage over their counterparts. The mound was located merely 50 feet from the batter's box. Strikeouts were common as reaction time was limited. Hitters had very little success against mound ace Tim Keefe because he featured three pitches in his arsenal - fastball, curve and a changeup. Keefe's combination of a curve and change of pace made him a household name on the diamond. He racked up 342 wins, tenth on the all-time list, during his professional career. His Hall of Fame inclusion came over thirty years after he had died leaving autograph enthusiasts with little hope of finding an autograph.

    Along with the likes of King Kelly, Hoss Radbourne and Buck Ewing, collectors have all but given up hopes of locating the proverbial needle in a haystack known as a Keefe signature. This catalog listing will allow one bidder the chance to secure the elusive Keefe autograph. The signature was originally discovered in a find of 1890's Player's League documents just over a year ago. This particular exemplar was signed when Keefe played a role in the construction of Brotherhood Park which would later become known as the Polo Grounds. Keefe was one of two player representatives to the New York Limited Board of Directors (along with Ewing) and a major stock holder. He signed off on a few construction invoices. Given his stature in the game, Keefe was instrumental in the short-lived league which was essentially the sport's first players' union. While the league didn't survive, it did provide for the construction of many new stadiums.

    The lined paper is on Willson, Adams & Co. Lumber & Timber stationery and measures 12.5x8.5" in its entirety. The top third is detached but present. Keefe signed "O.K. Keefe" on the lower left corner in pencil. While fold marks and edge chipping are visible on the portion (9.5x8.5") where Keefe signed, his signature skirts around any major imperfections. Edward Talcott, who financed the Giants in the Player's League, also signed ("O.K. EB Talcott") in pencil near Keefe's signature. Four additional purchase sheets are included. Overall, one of the most significant signatures in this prestigious sale. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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