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Talk about tremendous content! This dynamic letter from March 29, 1954 offers a rare look inside the mind of one of baseball's all-time greats, and the "Georgia Peach" pulls no punches. Hand-written in green ink on his own stationery and addressed to John Kelly (perhaps the umpire), Cobb first references Babe Ruth and laments the fact that he was voted one place ahead of him, implying favoritism by some Big Apple sportswriters ("some are unanimous in their efforts for everything New York") . He also expresses displeasure with the fact that Bill Terry was kept out of the Hall of Fame so long ("They should be ashamed... Terry belonged in long ago.") Cobb mentions his trophies that are on display in the Hall of Fame, and notes the expansion of the museum. Perhaps the most interesting revelation to collectors, however, is a heartbreaking confession that even though he kept many gloves, shoes, uniforms and other equipment for sentimental reasons, he fears his three sons used them and never returned them: ("These baseball things were not under lock and key... I think all my bats had been taken by the boys and their friends.") The overall condition is EX but for mailing folds. The writing and full signature at the end of page three rates 9/10.
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