Billy Evans Signed Letter on Southern Association Hall of Fame umpire Billy Evans D. 1956

William George Evans (D. 1956), nicknamed "The Boy Umpire," was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1906 to 1927. He became, at age 22, the youngest umpire in major league history, and later became the youngest to officiate in the World Series at age 25.

Upon his retirement at age 43, his 3,319 career games ranked fifth in major league history; his 1,757 games as a home plate umpire ranked third in AL history, and remain the eighth most by a major league umpire. He later became a key front office executive for three teams and president of the minor league Southern Association.

In addition to his inside role in the sport, Evans authored countless articles, as well as two books, Umpiring from the Inside (1947) and Knotty Problems in Baseball (1950). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, the third umpire ever selected.

Offered is an 8.5 x 11” typed letter signed in blue steel tipped pen on Southern Association letterhead from January 15, 1943 at the height of World War II to Frank Snyder, who played in 3 World Series and later became a coach and manager in in the Major and Minor Leagues. Evans was trying to get Snyder to buy the Knoxville minor league team based on an article that he had read in the Sporting News.  Evans was making his best pitch, but to no avail.

Interesting content about the financials of baseball during WW II.

JSA hologram on the verso



Item: 10771

Price: $549.00
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Billy Evans Signed Letter on Southern Association Hall of Fame umpire Billy Evans D. 1956