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1970s-90s Negro League Players Signed Correspondences (41) with John Holway Collection & Dave Malarcher

Lot Number 862

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What an impressive archive! The index postcards and a handful of the letters are early-1990s responses to autograph requests by collector Sheldon Shapiro, while the remainder of the letters are incredibly detailed, in-depth, cordial 1970s-80s messages to the noted, award-winning Negro Leagues author John Holway. The most comprehensive is 12 pages of feedback for Holway from Dave Malarcher for the article "The Major League Nobody Knows," which became the book Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues.


Here's a small sampling of the highlight excerpts...



Cool Papa Bell: "I would be glad to read the story of Bill Holland he was one of our great pitchers long before Satchel Paige not only him but many others...I am sending you a clipping just come out in the colored paper about me. The white papers do not cover all of the stories about the black peoples, that why the world do not know about the black man in the united states."


Monte Irvin: "Too bad about Bill Byrd. He was a great pitcher. I couldn't hit him with a board."


Ray Dandridge: "I am very glad you sold the story to Look Magazine and as you say I hope we get some good publicity out of this."


Dave Malarcher: "Thank you for letting me see your stories of Bill Foster, Larry Brown, Oscar Charleston, Chino Smith and your article "The Major League Nobody Knows" and the great Joe Williams!...If you did not see Bill Foster pitch—and I am sure you were too young—you missed seeing the greatest master of the art of pitching in our time, which could have been learned from only one man, his brother, 'Rube' Foster, just as my managerial operations and strategy could have been learned from only one man, the greatest and most profound baseball genius of all time, 'Rube' Foster."



The entire, endlessly fascinating archive includes...


Index Postcards (10): Verdell Mathis, Charlie Biot, Piper Davis, Jimmy Hill, Al Wilmore, Frank Barnes, Andy Porter, Edsall Walker, Butch McCord, Lefty LaMarque.


Letters (30): Cool Papa Bell, Ray Dandridge, Monte Irvin (personal stationery), Buck Leonard, Judy Johnson (1980 Phillies stationery), Dave Malarcher, Quincy Trouppe, Butch McCord, Jimmy Hill, Lefty LaMarque, Verdell Mathis, Edsall Walker, Al Wilmore, Frank Barnes, Charlie Biot, Rudy Fernandez, Larry Brown, Willie Cornelius, Bill Cash, Jimmie Crutchfield, Bill Drake, George Giles, Joe Greene, Jesse Hubbard, Roy Hughes, Max Manning, Jake Stephens, Sam Streeter, George Sweatt, Roy Welmaker, 


Photo Holder (1): Doc Horn.


Auction LOA from JSA.

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