Grantland Rice Signed AUTO photo Baseball HOF Sportswriter 4 Horsemen of Notre Dame PSA/DNA LOA

Grantland Rice -(D. 1954) perhaps one of the most famous sportswriter of the 20th century. He coined the term, "The Four Horsemen" He wrote the quote in 1924 of the famed Notre Dame foursome, Outlined against a blue-gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below.

His contributions to Major League Baseball are often overlooked.

In 1921, Rice made the first radio broadcast of a World Series game. He also called the first complete World Series in 1922. In 1923, he partnered with Graham McNamee but walked away from the job after a couple of games. As a broadcaster, his style was to describe in very brief terms the action that had just happened after it had been completed, and to leave dead air in between plays; McNamee in contrast invented the canonical play-by-play form, which consists in describing the action as it happens and filling any dead air with observations about the setting, possible strategy, etc. The two styles were incompatible, and Rice realized quickly, when working with McNamee, that he was a man of the written word and that he should leave broadcasting to those for whom it came naturally. From 1946 to 1953, Rice sat on the Hall of Fame's Old Timers Committee, a precursor to the Veterans Committee.

In 1966, Grantland Rice won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame. His last typewriter is on display in the Hall's library.

It was Rice who wrote: "It's not whether you won or lost but how you played the game.”

Offered is a gorgeous 7.5” x 9.5” photograph (lower left corner of photo was clipped).  Signed in black steel tipped pen, “To Dick Richards – with 100 feet of every time needed – Sincerely, Grantland Rice”

We believe this may have been Dick Richards, the founder of the Detroit Lions.

Brilliant bold ink on this gorgeous vintage photo.

Full LOA from PSA/DNA



Item: 12854

Price: $249.00
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Grantland Rice Signed AUTO photo Baseball HOF Sportswriter 4 Horsemen of Notre Dame PSA/DNA LOA