Dating back to 1876, there have been over 200,000 MLB games played. During that span 302 "no-hitters" have been recognized and to date only Johnny Vander Meer has recorded consecutive no-hit games. Recall JVM's miraculous 1938 feat with this collection of (6) items related to his career. Centered around his 1930s-1940s tenure with the Cincinnati Reds, these well-preserved souvenirs remain in better to excellent condition and provide a great overview of the prominent lefty's best years. Featured are:
1940 Philadelphia Phillies vs Cincinnati Reds program (VG-EX+) signed on the inside of the back by (14) Reds team members with average ("6" to "8") potency. The signers are: Bill Werber, Ernie Lombardi (d.1977), Joe Beggs, Johnny Vander Meer, Johnny Hutchings, Paul Derringer (d.1963), Bucky Walters, Jim Turner, Ival Goodman, Morrie Aronovich (d.1959), Lew Riggs (d.1975), Lee Gamble, Harry Craft and Lonny Frey. Also present is a 15th autograph by Al Lang, accompanied by the inscription "Sunshine Al, St. Petersburg, Fla.". Likely on hand to schmooze with Phillies executives, Lang was instrumental in establishing St. Pete in particular and the rest of Florida in general as a popular Spring Training destination for MLB teams and their fans and he did more for the "Sunshine State's" population growth than anyone not named Walt Disney. Comes with full photo LOA from JSA.
Vander Meer handwritten note and autograph ("9") on a crisp and clean 3x5 index card. Auction LOA from JSA.
7/21/38 TLS on two pages of Cincinnati Reds letterhead (EX) with deference to original period compacting folds. Addressed to the "Haskin Information Service/Dear Sirs", this details Vander Meer's career to date and is signed by team executive "Leland G. Allen".
12/21/42 TLS on a single sheet of National League home office letterhead trimmed to dimensions of 8-1/2 x 7-3/8" (EX) with deference to original period compacting folds. This letter is addressed to "The Haskins Information Service/Mrs. O'Brien" with content regarding VM's 1938 back to back no-hitters and is signed by "Wm. E. Brandt, Mgr.".
Baseball Magazine 9-1/2 x 12" premium (EX) with VM wearing uniform number "57", indicating the year of issue to be 1938.
1939 Seattle Times original 5x7 news service photo of VM (VG-EX). The reverse has a "World Photos" credit stamp, along with an adhered news blurb dated "9/25/39", the date stamp "10/1/39" and several reuse later date stamps.