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1948 “Whitey” Witt Signed Letter to Pat Olsen with Full JSA plus Babe Ruth Last Rites Wire Photo

Lot Number 414

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The last surviving member of the of the New York Yankees 1st World Series championship in 1923, “Whitey” Witt (d.1988) was “Babe” Ruth’s teammate from 1922-1926 and remained one of Ruth’s closest friends. Presented is a Witt handwritten and signed letter to Pat Olsen a Yankees prospect and Texas A&M alumnus. Dated 2/20/48 this letter bears content on both sides along with Witt’s bold (“9”) strength signature. Also present is an 8x10 wire photo with an 8/16/48 blurb regarding “Babe” Ruth’s Last Rites (VG-EX). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.

Witt’s 2/20/48 letter includes content about the Texas A&M baseball field. Pat Olsen played baseball at A&M and was a Spring Training roommate of Lou Gehrig’s in 1923 with the New York Yankees. In 1978 A&M dedicated a baseball in honor of Olsen, naming it Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Additional content in the letter details Witt’s yearning to return to baseball including the comments “Well most all the clubs are in Spring Training. It gives me the fever again.”. Though the letter is marked by original compacting folds, a crease and a 1x1 “L” shaped tear, it remains appealing with all writing bold and clearly legible. The 8x10 wire photo shows in (VG-EX) condition with excellent gloss and has an “International News Photo” credit stamp on the reverse. A mimeograph blurb attached to the reverse states in part “To the Rev. Thomas H. Kaufman, O.P., wo administered Last Rites of the Catholic Church to George Herman “Babe” Ruth in Memorial Hospital, there was added the further heart-breaking task of announcing the Babe’s death to hushed and solemn youngsters who had waited patiently on the hospital steps for news of their stricken idol”. The photo’s image captures this historic passing for eternity.

 
 
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