DescriptionCurly Lambeau Handwritten Signed Letter - March 23, 1965 (Green Bay Packers Famed Coach). "...The Wis. Hall of Fame are having a huge party at the arena in Milwaukee on April 19th. I am suppose to attend but hate to leave this wonderful weather..."
Signed "Curly" at the close. Front and back of single sheet. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.
The Mary Jane Sorgel Collection of Curly Lambeau Correspondence
They called her the "Golden Girl." In fact, she was famous before she ever met him, as she joined the Green Bay Packers after high school as a majorette. But in 1960, when Mary Jane Sorgel met team founder, former player and head coach Curly Lambeau one night at the Nautical Inn, a popular restaurant and bar in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, their lives were changed forever.
Lambeau had known of Sorgel due to her work with the Packers. She was a dancer and baton twirler, and was invited to perform during the Packers' 1949 game versus the New York Giants, which was also Lambeau's last home game as Packers head coach.
After their initial meeting at the Nautical Inn, Curly and Mary Jane became an item. The charismatic and good looking Lambeau was impressed with her athletic skills and enjoyed the fact that she liked sports, so much that he nicknamed her "Champ."
Curly fell hard for Sorgel throughout the years, and eventually asked her to marry him, but she told him she couldn't. Lambeau had been divorced multiple times, and Sorgel, who was deeply religious couldn't marry a divorced man. Nevertheless, the relationship continued.
On June 1, 1965, Lambeau picked up Sorgel at her parents' house for dinner. He saw Sorgel's father preparing to cut the grass with a new mower, so Lambeau volunteered to help. That's when Lambeau started feeling ill. He suddenly collapsed on the lawn from a heart attack. Sorgel heard the commotion from inside the house and ran to Lambeau's aid. She called out his name twice, but it was too late. He died at sixty-seven.
The following handwritten letters have been in Sorgel's possession since she originally received them in 1965, the last year of Lambeau's life. Each is presented on 7.25x10.5" "E.L. 'CURLY' LAMBEAU" stationery, and is accompanied by its original 4x7.5" mailing envelope, while presenting Mint blue ball-point ink handwriting. In addition, Sorgel has consigned two greeting cards, which were sent to her by Lambeau during the same time period as the letters, and two of her original Packers cheerleading outfits are also featured in our November catalog auction.
An absolutely amazing collection of Titletown treasures representing arguably the most important figure in Wisconsin sports history and the woman he loved most.
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