Lot # 1823: Branch Rickey and Walter O'Malley Signed Letters - Both on Brooklyn Dodgers Letterhead

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2019",
which ran from 3/6/2019 3:10 PM to
3/24/2019 6:00 PM

Pair of typed letters, each on official Brooklyn Dodgers letterhead, signed, respectively, by Branch Rickey and Walter O'Malley. 1) Branch Rickey. One-page typed letter, dated October 31, 1945. Rickey writes to a "Mr. Joseph S. Buhler" of the "Lambs Serviceman's Moral Corps." In full: "Dear Mr. Buhler. Thanks so much for the photograph. I am very pleased to have it. If I am in the city I will be glad to come over on November 15yh. I am putting it on my calendar and hope nothing interferes with my keeping the engagement. I suggest you check with my offices a little later. Very truly yours, Branch Rickey [signed]." Rickey's signature has been scripted in blue fountain pen and grades "9." The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and two notebook holes along the top border that have each been torn through. Vg-Ex. 2) Walter O'Malley. One-page typed letter, dated December 10, 1951. O'Malley responds to a Brooklyn fan who was concerned over recent trade rumors. In part: "If you check back on newspaper stories for the past ten years, you will find that less than 1% of the stories about contemplated trades of ball players have come true. Whenever a team suffers a slump or any misfortune, it is quite usual for newspapermen to predict trades and shakeups. I have pointed out these things to try to explain to you the large number of trade stories involving our players which have been in the paper lately. Actually, we have no intention of trading any regular members of our fine young club, which we feel should win pennants frequently within the next seven or eight years. . . . Very truly yours, Walter O'Malley [signed]." O'Malley's signature has been scripted in blue fountain pen and grades "7." The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) which is toned, displays two horizontal mailing folds, a staple in the upper left corner, and two small areas of discoloration along the left border. A newspaper clipping from 1952 concerning the trade of Gil Hodges has been stapled to the letter in the lower left corner. Vg. Total: 2 letters. Pre-certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication Services. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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