Joseph F. Carr (D. 1939) was the president of the National Football League from 1921 until his death in 1939. Carr was born in Columbus, Ohio. As a mechanic for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Columbus, he directed the Columbus Panhandles football team in 1907 until 1922. The "Panhandles" were one of the largest draws in early professional football, starring the Nesser Brothers, and were nearly unbeatable at home in Indianola Park. He helped to reorganize the American Professional Football Association (APFA) in 1921, and moved the offices from Canton to Columbus, Ohio. This league would be renamed the National Football League in 1922, and Carr served as its president from 1921 until his death in 1939. He was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1950 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and is the only non-player in both halls. Carr also served as president of the American Basketball League (ABL) from 1925 to 1928. In 1963, Carr was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of their first induction class.
Offered is a super rare Joe Carr autographed 1930 Reach Baseball Guide. Hard bound guide book having a bold period fountain pen, "Joe. F. Carr" signature on the inside front cover a handwritten address below. The address was actually for the office of the NFL which was based in Columbus, Ohio from 1927-1939. The autograph, rating 9-9/10 out of 10, is likely the nicest of the select few which we have offered in over (20) years.
Book itself has moisture damage throughout (prominently effecting covers with interior showing some minor effects) and some other handling and general age related wear. An interesting association piece from Carr whom was then concurrently working as both the NFL Commissioner and President of the Columbus Redbirds baseball team. Includes full LOA from JSA and letter of provenance from the Carr Family.
This is an indisputably authentic autograph coming straight from the family of one of the Top 5 rarest Pro Football Hall of Fame autographs!