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    1920's Correspondence Relating to the Delahanty Estate. Sixteen letters are here in total deriving from a variety of family sources and attorneys regarding the disposition of the estate left behind by Ed Delahanty's widow. Text mentions the property itself and contents thereof, though we must report that there is no direct mention of Ed or of any of his baseball belongings. Nonetheless, memorabilia relating in any regard to the Delahanty family is extraordinarily rare and thus desirable, so we expect considerable interest in this offering. Letters exhibit mailing folds but rarely any other issues of significance. Several original mailing envelopes are included.


    The Ed Delahanty Collection

    This lot derives from the family of Hall of Fame outfielder "Big Ed" Delahanty, one of the most feared sluggers of the turn-of-the-century game. Three times Delahanty finished a Major League season north of the fabled .400 mark, and his .346 career average places him fifth on the all-time leaderboard. He remains the only man in history to hit four inside-the-park home runs in a single contest. But despite the remarkable talent that earned him a 1945 posthumous induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ed Delahanty's legacy remains the shocking manner of his sudden passing. Ejected from a railroad train just north of the Canada/US border on July 2, 1903 for drunk and disorderly conduct, Delahanty attempted to cross a railroad bridge over the Niagara River on foot only to fall to his death, swept over the famous Falls. This remarkable archive offers an inside look into the life of one of the greatest figures in baseball.



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