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John McGraw was a Major League Baseball player and manager during the late 1800s all the way through the early 1930s. He is perhaps best known for the three World Series titles he won during his three-decade stint as manager of the New York Giants. McGraw is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Presented is a rare typed letter signed “John J. McGraw" on New York Base Ball Club letterhead from August 28, 1923. The letter is in good condition and includes a PSA/DNA LOA.

The letter to George Benacker, in full: "The following are your baseball queries and my replies: 'In a recent game at one of the Eastern League ball parks, there was quite a discussion as to the question I am about to bring up. There was one man out, a man on first and a man on second, the batter with the count three to two, took a vicious cut at the ball and succeeded in hitting a pop fly about ten feet in the grass over short. The short stop played the ball and should have caught it. Unfortunately he dropped the ball. In the meantime the second base runner took a short lead off the bag thinking I believe that the batter was on an infield fly. He saw the short-stop drop the ball and as he was forced, made a dash for third base. The short-stop recovered the ball from the ground, the runner being run down. At the conclusion of this play the Umpire shouted 'Batters out on an infield fly, runner's out because he was trapped off 2nd base. Will you please answer this question as near right as possible?'" McGraw's response: "On an infield fly the batter is out and runners do not advance." The second question: "'Would you please tell me what became of Gene Lansing, recruit pitcher for the Braves in the early session of the season, and what is he doing with that club? I happen to reside in Jiggers native town.'" McGraw: "Understand living in Albany but in bad health."

August 28, 1923 John McGraw Typed Letter Signed On Yankees Letterhead With Baseball Rules Content - PSA/DNA LOA
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