Hall of Fame contemporaries Burleigh Grimes and Waite Hoyt enjoyed similar careers in which they both pitched for seven different teams with multiple tours of duty with at least two of those teams. They have also both composed and signed correspondence pieces in this lot. Includes: Grimes a 1978 one-page letter from Grimes’ native Wisconsin; signed in blue ballpoint (“9” strength); Hoyt typewritten (by Hoyt) on his personalized stationery and signed in black marker (“8-9”) strength. Individual certs/stickers from JSA. More on our website.
Composed entirely in Grimes’ hand on a single blank sheet, the letter is dated “October 1, 1978” with a “Holcombe, Wis” address. It reads (in full):
Enclose (sic) find my check for a one year subscription of Baseball Quarterly.
I have enjoyed the past for issues that were sent to me complimentary.
Recently a fan sent me an article featuring my career and written by Don Honig. Of course he wanted my autograph, which I honored.
Now, I would like a copy of that edition. Can this be arranged?
(signed) Burleigh A. Grimes”
Typewritten on a single sheet of Hoyt’s personalized stationery, the letter reads (in full):
”Dear Mr. Cerrone:
May I thank you for your nice and compliamentary letter. I hope the picture is Okay.
Yes, baseball has changed -- from the personality and character of those who played it, and play it now -- to rules, equipment, philosopy , and all attending circumstances.
In many ways -- commercially it has improved – and stadiums, seats, etc.
But like Mark Koeni/g, I have nothing much to say or add, because it is so impossible to make fair and understandanle compatisons. Like Aaron vs Ruth. No comparison, but you simply cannot make that clear to moderns. Their conceptions are not the same. No fault to be found – they are the modern world and must believe in themslves. Twould be wrong were it otherwise.
Thank/ you agai n. Forgive the typing. I rush and my fingers hit every key.
Luck and best to you always
(signed) Waite Hoyt”