Lot # 1644: 1914 Ed Hanlon Signed Baltimore Terrapins Federal League Document - PSA/DNA

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2019",
which ran from 7/26/2019 12:15 PM to
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One-page Baltimore Terrapins Federal League document signed by Hall of Fame manager Ed Hanlon. The document, which records the minutes of a meeting held by the board of directors of the Federal Base Ball Club of Baltimore, Inc., on July 1, 1914, has been signed by Hanlon in his capacity as secretary of the board. Hanlon's signature has been scripted in black fountain pen, grading "7" overall (the "H" in "Hanlon" is light). The scarcity of Hanlon's signature cannot be overstated. Hanlon is one of the key rarities in all of Hall of Fame autograph collecting and his signature is missing from nearly all of the most advanced baseball-autograph collections. The reason for its great rarity is primarily timing. As a nineteenth-century player and later manager whose career spanned the years 1880 to 1907, Hanlon was not active in the era in which autographing collecting was popular. In addition, Hanlon passed away in 1937 but wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1996; therefore, few collectors had any reason to obtain his signature while he was alive, or save it years after his death. Hanlon was a very steady but somewhat average player. He was, however, a superb student of the game as a player, and he parlayed that acumen into a highly successful managerial career, which is responsible for his election to the Hall of Fame. Hanlon captured three pennants and two World Championships with the famed Baltimore Orioles during the 1890s before leading Brooklyn to two consecutive pennants and World Championships in 1899 and 1900. He retired from baseball in 1907, but as can be seen here with this document, he remained connected to the game in an executive capacity. Hanlon had always dreamed of bringing a Major League team back to Baltimore after the Orioles were contracted out of the National League in 1899 and the American League franchise moved to New York in 1903. That same year Hanlon purchased the Montreal Royals of the Eastern League and moved the club to Baltimore, renaming them the Orioles. After his former player Harry Dunn purchased the Orioles in 1909, Hanlon joined the board of directors of the Baltimore Terrapins of the newly formed Federal League in 1914. Unfortunately, for Hanlon, the Federal League only lasted two seasons before folding. It would not be until 1954, seventeen years after his death, that Major League baseball would finally return to Baltimore. The document (7.25 x 10.75 inches) displays minor adhesive residue and surface paper loss on the reverse from having been removed from an album. In Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Pre-certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication Services. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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