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    October 25, 1960 Cassius Clay Handwritten Letter. Consigned directly by the addressee of the letters presented below, this spellbinding correspondence archive presents the young Muhammad Ali exactly as we like to remember him-brash, charismatic, confident and hilariously charming. We are afforded a rare insider's access into the future Heavyweight Champ's outlook on the approaching 1960 Olympic Games and his first professional bout on his inexorable journey toward boxing immortality. We have blurred the identity of Clay's friend at his request, but bidders can rest assured that the mailing envelopes are as clear and legible as the letters themselves.

    It must be stressed that these letters are the only three ever to surface from Cassius Clay prior to his conversion to Islam and corresponding name change, offering the advanced Ali collector what is almost certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share in his ascension to iconic status from a private perspective. As a prism through which the American public viewed race, religion and celebrity during the second half of the twentieth century, Muhammad Ali has assured himself a position in the pantheon in a manner unmatched in the sporting world. These fantastically scarce and special documents stand among his story's most desirable personal text.

    "Say my man I will have my first fight, professional that is, and it will be Oct 29 find Mclure and tell him about it, it might be in the paper there in Ohio, tell Connie I said hello, I am still thanking about her and when I get my car I will be there to see you, it will not be long Before I do beause I will have some doe after the fight, Hope to hear from you soon, Cassius Clay."

    Single page, affixed to scrapbook page with missing upper left corner (no writing affected) and tape staining at edges. Original mailing envelope postmarked "Oct. 25, 1960, Louisville, KY." Return address: "Oct. 24 - 19-60, Cassius Clay [signed], 3302 Grand Grand, Lousville, KY."

    Cassius Clay met Tunney Hunsaker, the police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia, in his first professional bout. After the October 29th contest in Clay's Louisville hometown ended with a six-round decision in the Gold Medal-winner's favor, Hunsaker related to the press, "Clay was as fast as lightning. I tried every trick I knew to throw him off balance but he was just too good." In Ali's autobiography, he would write that Hunsaker had dealt him one of the hardest body blows he ever took in his career.


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