Love of the Game Opening Day, 2013 Auction
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It seems as though the Georgia Peach himself was not above reaching out for a little legal assistance from a friend from time to time.  This letter, written in late June of 1957 (partially typewritten with an extensive handwritten postscript in Cobb's customary green ink), seeks help for tax purposes.  The copy of the letter, written to sportscaster Joe Clement of KLIX in Twin Falls, Idaho, reads as follows:

Dear Joe:

I have a special favor to ask of you which is of great importance to me.  I will explain the events up to the present.

In 1939, when I purchased my house in Cave Rock, Nevada, I went through all the legal procedures of becoming a resident of Nevada by moving my vote to Nevada, moving my bank account, purchasing my automobiles and licenses, boat licenses and notified the proper authorities in California of my change of residency to Nevada.  Several years ago the California State Franchise Tax Board, in making routine checkups, included me.  I had to make an appearance before the Board and the verdict was that I am a resident of the State of Nevada.

Recently my name was in the papers here regarding my move back to Georgia and the selling of my house in Atherton, which again brought me to their attention.  With a change of administration they have decided to again make me defend myself and prove my residency.  Naturally in the process of getting my affairs in order for the selling of the house I destroyed a lot of letters and papers which would prove my being in Nevada as well as the times I was in Twin Falls and my trips to Georgia and back east.  The Board is completely ignoring the fact that the verdict of the prior investigation determined me to be a resident of Nevada.  Since this is their last chance at me, this administration is really after me.  They checked my phone in Nevada and all times when there was no phone calls they have arbitrarily placed me in Atherton, not taking into consideration my many trips to Georgia, back east, and to Twin Falls.

Would you please write me personally, or a "To Whom It May Concer" letter stating to the best of your knowledge the months and years I was in Twin Falls?  I do not need exact dates.  Also attesting to the fact that I am a resident of Nevada, and any trips you are aware of which I took to the east and Georgia.  To save time in writing, I am going to ask you to give Dr. Oldham this information and ask him to get a letter to me along the same lines with the knowledge of his professional services showing the different years and approximate months to his knowledge that I was in Twin Falls.  Please extend him my personal best wishes and thanks.  I wish to express again that these letters are very important to me.  With kind personal regards, I am 

Very sincerely,

Tyrus R. Cobb

Give Doc Oldham the details of this letter.

(Handwritten) PS Mention our trip to Boise, also the many times I was at Ball games and met with arranged matters you had made out all ball park, also the inning or two I had tried to broadcast.  You personally have known of the many times I have come to Twin Falls in connection with Coca Cola Co, while Herschel was there also after with the induction of several different managers and for protracted number of days and weeks, also two hunting trips to Middlefork country then also each year for pheasant & ducks, you know better than anyone for you came to motel so many times.  Just mention years and approximate months need not pinpoint dates as that would not be possible, mention from time of purchase of plant up to my last visit that each year and several times each year I would be there.  These tax people (state) have checked telephone at Tahoe and when I had not used it, they arbitrarily placed me here at Atherton when in fact I would be in Twin Falls, Georgia or back east.  

Get me this as quickly as can.

An extraordinary glimpse into the business and personal affairs of one of the game's most intriguing figures, this letter, signed "Ty" in three separate places, points out some of the trappings of fame and wealth, as California state tax authorities apparently utilized Cobb's appearance in a newspaper as evidence of potentially owing state taxes in California.  The document, a one-page, double-sided letter on Cobb's personal letterhead, has been custom framed (along with a color copy along with two photos of Cobb) in such a way that the front and back of the original letter can both be viewed (the frame reverse has a clear, glass cutout behind the letter).  A slight adjustment to the frame is necessary, as the document has slipped slightly in its frame.  The entire piece, framed to approximately 24" x 31", makes for an exquisite display, particularly in an attorney or accountant's office (or a member of the IRS).

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Auction closed on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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