The head coach for two separate NFL franchises’ last championship seasons, Jim Conzelman (d.1970) guided the Providence Steam Roller in 1928 and the since-moved Chicago Cardinals in 1947. Shortly after Conzleman’s induction into the Hall of Fame, he authored and signed this correspondence. Composed in blue ballpoint on his personal stationery, the letter is dated “June 8 – ‘66” and conveys heartfelt gratitude for a collection of sheet music. At the conclusion, his signature projects (“9-10”) strength and clarity. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
The letter reads (in full):
A few hours ago I sent you a telegram of thanks for that wonderful collection of old music. My telegram has just been handed back to me. I forgot that the telegram men are on a strike.
I’m really nuts about the music. Tonight I am gathering with 15 men and women as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of our graduation from high school. I’m going to bring the music but no one is going to touch it but me. On the sheets of music which do not have the sticky tape over the left edge, I’ll put some on. Some might not need it right now but all will get it.
I don’t know anything that could have made me happier. – again, thanks!
(Signed) Jim Conzelman”
The original postmarked mailing envelope accompanies.