Walter "The Big Train" Johnson (d.1946) is one of the true mound legends of the early game, and his signature is appropriately desired on the hobby market. This c.1910 letter addressed to "D.A. Fletcher" on Hotel Richmond stationary maintains ("8-9") potency handwriting throughout. The letter itself has moderate toning on the bottom and pinholes on the top of each page easily offset by the interesting content it contains related to playing an offseason exhibition game without the consent of league officials. Signed "Walter Johnson" at the very end ("8-9"). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on website
Full letter reads:
I certainly do hope we can go ahead and play those games. I am ready and more than willing to go ahead at my time and I know the boys here are. I will hold my contract and check and hope we can go on and play. I think the National Commission is going too far. We have consent from all our Managers and owners of the clubs so why should they try and stop us. They just want to ruin everything that comes up and want everybody to know it and I think it is about time the ball players should have a word anyway. I think after we have played all summer under them they should mind their own business and if your owners are willing let us go on and play. I sure hope all the players stick and we can go on and show the National Commission up.