Dubbed the "Father of Basketball Coaches," Phog Allen learned from Naismith himself, and ranked as the winningest college hoops coach in history upon his retirement in 1956. During 39 seasons at Kansas University, Allen won 24 conference championships and an NCAA title. He was also a formative figure in bringing basketball to the Olympics. A distinguished member of the Hall of Fame's charter induction class in 1959, Allen died 15 years later and remains a sought-after signature today. Here, his fountain-pen "8" autograph appears on a 1920 KU Varsity Letter certificate, in Allen's capacity as Director of Athletics. The recipient of the 11x9 document was Jayhawks running back Harley Little. Apparent EX, housed in what seems to be the original frame. Auction LOA from JSA.
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