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    1941 Tuffy Leemans Signed Program, Date of Pearl Harbor Attack. As the Giants' Ward Cuff was kicking off to the Brooklyn Dodgers at about 2 PM EST, Japanese planes were just beginning to unload an arsenal of bombs upon the American fleet at Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, an event which would draw the United States into the Second World War. What was meant to be remembered as a tribute to the Giants' star halfback became instead "a date which will live in infamy," and by halftime the Polo Grounds loudspeaker was instructing all military personnel within the spectating crowd of 55,000 to report immediately to their bases. Only a handful of programs from this December 7, 1941 "Leemans' Day" program have surfaced in the collecting hobby, and here we present the first we have ever encountered bearing the autograph of the game's honoree.

    The program is consigned by the family of Leemans' good friends, to whom he inscribes the cover, "To Mr. & Mrs. Goodweis- Ralph, Julia, two people I'm proud to know and have for friends, from Tuffy Leemans." He continues at the opposite border of the cover, "I only hope our paths cross often, 'Tuffy' & 'Tee.'" Writing averages 7/10, with the first autograph perhaps a shade lighter. Some scattered scribbling over the cover image is to be noted, but is hardly visible against the dark background. Otherwise the program remains complete and tightly bound, with moderate handling wear but nothing which distracts materially from the display. A special convergence of a rare and valuable autograph with the most noteworthy of 20th century American historical events; a particularly attractive opportunity for the cultured collector. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.


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    November, 2010
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