Spring 2020 Premier Auction - Closes April 11
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Interesting 1912 letter from St. Louis Browns owner R. L. Hedges to William Doyle of Portsmouth, Ohio, apparently regarding various players that could potentially be tried out by the Browns.  One is a player named "Sissler." Given the timing of the letter and Doyle's location, this may well refer to eventual Hall of Famer George Sisler, then a freshman with the Michigan Wolverines team, who played during the summer in the Akron industrial league.  The Wolverines coach was Branch Rickey, who eventually became the manager of the St. Louis Browns.  After some jockeying and contract issues, Sisler was granted the ability to sign with St. Louis in January of 1915, where he would play 12 seasons, the majority of his Hall of Fame career, batting .400 twice - in 1920 and again in 1922.

The letter also refers to "Pitcher Vance," possibly referring to Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance, who was coming up at the same time and had played his first season in 1912 with the York Prohibitionists of the Nebraska State League.

The letter is well-worn with signs of staining and creases from being folded many times over the years.  Some tiny edge tears are evident, particularly along the bottom edge.  Still, a significant letter that we feel likely refers to two young future Hall of Famers, one of whom would play the majority of his career with the St. Louis Browns.

1912 R.L. Hedges St. Louis Browns Signed Letter w/Baseball Content (Likely George Sisler)
1912 R.L. Hedges St. Louis Browns Signed Letter w/Baseball Content (Likely George Sisler)
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Auction closed on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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