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1942 Billy Southworth 4-Page Handwritten Letter

1942 Billy Southworth 4-Page Handwritten Letter

Near perfect bold blue ink is used to pen this letter to "My Own Two Sweethearts" dated April 29th, 1942 on The Coronado Hotel St. Louis, MO letterhead.  The content in this 4-pager is an interesting look at Southworth's devotion to his wife as well as his early struggles with a team that would eventually take the pennant.  Coming on the eve of a 4-3 loss to the New York Giants, the flabbergasted manager writes, "...after tying the score in the 9th inning at three all, we gave it to the Giants in the 10th when W. Cooper dropped Blattner's throw at the plate allowing Werber to score the winning run."  He goes on to comment on his team's play stating, "I am beginning to think our batters can't hit their way out of a paper bag.  We hav the darndest time scoring runs.  Then too we are getting every left hander the opposition can throw against us.  As proof of this fact we have had five left handers to face in the last five games.  Whats more we will continue to get them as long as we show little or no attack against them."  After addressing his family matters he confirms that even though "...we aren't going so hot" he resolves that "With all our losses I am not letting down a little bit and won't.  I will stick to my guns and battle as long as we have baseball to play.  I only know one way of doing a thing and that is the right way.  This club can't hit enough to go anywhere but they won't find this out from me."  Amazing comment for a team that would be champions.  

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