Spring Premier Auction 2013
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This is a super four-page handwritten letter from George Sisler Sr. to his son, George Sisler Jr., on Brooklyn Dodgers official stationery, containing wonderful baseball and personal family content from the legendary Hall of Famer to his oldest son, George Jr., who at the time was a executive in the International League and later would assume the reins as president of the league from 1965-76. Written in fountain pen front and back, the two sheets are in superior condition, probably Ex-Mt or even better, jostled hardly at all by some light toning on a small portion of the final page. The letter includes fascinating content concerning Sisler's longtime friend and mentor, Brach Rickey, who at the time of the letter - October 31, 1950 - had only recently declined to return as Dodgers club president and general manager and sold his share of the team to Walter O'Malley. Sisler Sr., who had worked with Rickey for many years as a special assignment scout and front-office aide, talks to his son about the prospect of discussing salary arrangements with O'Malley, whose negotations with ballplayers and club staffers was legendary in its penurious penny pinching. He also talks to his son about the possibility of George Jr. going into the Army and even asks his advice about several matter. Toward the end of the letter, he provides details to George Jr. about several insurance policies, noting the need for his son to have the information in the event of Sr.'s passing (George Sr. was 57 at the time; he would live another 23 years). All in all, simply a spectacular piece of important baseball and personal history from one of the true giants of the game. Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from the Sisler Family.
Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.