Gabby Hartnett Les Lear Bert Metzger multi-signed 1955 Arch Ward Funeral Guest Book Page

As a beloved sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, Arch Ward certainly had an impressive guest list at his funeral. This guest book, signed by over a thousand attendees includes signatures from Harry Stuhldreher and Elmer Layden (of the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame), Joe Stydahar, Paddy Driscoll, Elmer Otto, Ollie Matson, Fred Lindstrom, Gabby Hartnett, William Harridge, Charles Comiskey, Tom Meany, and many more.

Offered is just one page from that guest book. The more notable signatures on this page include the following:

Gabby Hartnett (D. 1972) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played almost his entire career in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1922 to 1940. He spent the final season of his career as a player-coach for the New York Giants in 1941. After his playing career, he continued his involvement in baseball as a coach and as a minor league manager.

During the course of his career, he took part of some of the most memorable events in Major League Baseball history including; Babe Ruth's Called Shot during the 1932 World Series, Carl Hubbell's strike out performance in the 1934 All-Star Game and Dizzy Dean's career-altering injury during the 1937 All-Star Game. But the greatest moment of Hartnett's career came with one week left in the 1938 season, when he hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to put the Cubs into first place. The event, which occurred as darkness descended onto Wrigley Field, became immortalized as the Homer in the Gloamin'.

Until the career of Johnny Bench, Hartnett was considered the greatest catcher in the history of the National League. A six-time All-Star, he appeared in four World Series during his playing career. At the time of his retirement, Hartnett held the career records for catchers in home runs, runs batted in, hits, doubles and in most games played as a catcher. Hartnett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

Les Lear (D. 1979) was a NFL and CFL player and coach as well as an owner and trainer of Thoroughbred race horses. He played for the NFL Rams and Lions and is in the CFL HOF.

Bert Metzger (D. 1986) Metzger played a key role on the Fighting Irish teams that won National Championships in 1929 and 1930, and he was named a consensus All American in 1930. Coach Knute Rockne said that Metzger was the best guard he had ever seen. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

Eddie Froelich (D.) was a trainer for the White Sox and Brooklyn Dodgers. He was also a trainer in the 1930s – ‘40s for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The signature rates a 8 - 10/10. The page measures 6.5” x 8.” Included with this item is a copy of the full LOA from PSA/DNA that covered the overall funeral book.

Note: The more notable signatures have been boxed in red on the scan, but the red boxes are not present on the actual page.

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Gabby Hartnett  Les Lear  Bert Metzger multi-signed 1955 Arch Ward Funeral Guest Book Page