April 2001 > Sports > 1919
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Lot 1674: 1927 Chic Gandil Handwritten Letter
On the Chino Club of Hurley, New Mexico stationery. Reads: "Dear Sir, Your letter dated Mar. 10th rec'd yesterday, and in reply to same I wish to say that I am in need of a 3rd base man and I can use you providing you don't want too much money. Our schedule calls for 3 games per week and season opens April 29th, ends Labor Day. I expect to have the Club working out by the 7th. Kindly advise me at once your very best terms and how soon you can report. Hoping to hear from you soon. Sincerely, 'Chic' Gandil Box 525." Some repaired tears to the back and there is a hole that only affects part of the stationery and the month, no other writing. There is a bit of scrapbook residue on the back that can be removed. Hole has been repaired and the letter is o/w in excellent condition (8.5x11"). Otherwise a very pretty letter with a beautiful signature at the bottom. Gandil had beautiful and very interesting handwriting. The Chicago Black Sox Barnstorming Letter Collection Collection of letters and telegrams to a gentleman by the name of John Meyers who played for several 1920's baseball teams that barnstormed throughout the country. He majored in the Black Sox. He was friendly with some of those banned players that highlighted his tours. The Black Sox were popular to organizers because they could be had for a good price, drew a crowd with the fascination of what had happened to these fallen champions, and they were damn good ballplayers. The following were pulled from a precious scrapbook emanating from Mr. Meyer and are some of the few letter examples that exist of these rare signatures.
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