Rabbit Maranville Typed Letter Signed AUTO Baseball Career Content PSA/DNA LOA

Rabbit Maranville (D. 1954) was a shortstop, second baseman and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Robins, and St. Louis Cardinals between 1912 and 1934. At the time of his retirement in 1935, he had played in a record 23 seasons in the National League, a mark which wasn't broken until 1986 by Pete Rose.  He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1954, just months after his death.

Offered is an 8.5 x 11 inch typed letter signed on St. Petersburg, Florida Chamber of Commerce letterhead thanking his friend for his well wishes during his stay in the hospital. 

According to SABR, “In a 1934 spring exhibition against the Yankees, with Boston down by a run, Rabbit attempted to score even though the catcher was blocking the plate. When the dust finally cleared, Maranville lay in agony, a bone jutting out of his ankle. “Out!” roared the umpire. Rabbit reportedly pointed to his limp foot resting on the edge of the plate and said, “You see where that foot is, don’t you?” He then passed out.”

This letter refers to this incident.  Unfortunately, Maranville’s optimism on April 25, 1934 (the postmark on the envelope that is included with the letter); would not pan out, as he would miss the 1934 season.

Nice bold steel tipped signature.

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Item: 12847

Price: $749.00
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Rabbit Maranville Typed Letter Signed AUTO Baseball Career Content PSA/DNA LOA