Ernest Hemingway Handwritten Letter with Baseball Content
? page A rare handwritten, signed letter from the great adventurer and spokesman for the “lost generation”, Ernest Hemingway. Most noteworthy of any letter we have seen, as it is signed with his full name. This is very uncommon since most of his known letters are signed either “Papa” or “Ernest” (as the sources are usually family members or friends). This letter was signed in full, “Ernest Hemingway”, as the body acts as a job recommendation for a Cuban baseball player, a young boy and personal friend of Hemingway’s family. As it is known, Hemingway was a huge fan of sports, especially baseball, and made reference to “the great Joe DiMaggio” (described as Santiago’s hero) in his novel, The Old Man and the Sea. The old fisherman, Santiago, admired DiMaggio’s skill and discipline, and thought of him often while alone, fishing. Fittingly, the subject matter of the letter pertains to baseball, and it captures the spirit of the great American novelist: “This kid Joseito (Jose Rodriguez Hernandez) is a really first rate boy as well as a good ball player. Two of my kids grew up with him, playing ball, and we know him very well. I played ball with him too until [I] got too slow and old. He is one of the best kids I know around this area. If you have a job to give him I would regard it as a personal favor and would be happy to reciprocate in any way at any time. With my very best regards. Yours Always. Ernest Hemingway”. Written in black fountain pen on 8.5x11”, “Finca Vigia San Francisco de Paula – Cuba” letterhead. Dated April 3, 1948, ink is in fabulous NRMT condition. Paper with original mailing folds is in EX-MT condition. LOA.