Loyal to his players and teammates throughout and beyond their diamond careers, John McGraw was forced to part with Hall of Famer George Kelly prior to the 1927 season, as the emergence of Bill Terry and subsequent trade demands warranted the transaction. This trade notice and original letter detail that farewell to “Highpockets.” Amazing and rare Cooperstown artifacts, both are crisp and signed by former Giants executive James Tierney. More on our website.
Composed on an 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of “New York Baseball Club” letterhead, the crisp sheet is dated “February 9, 1927” and is addressed to Kelly’s San Francisco, California residence. The content reads (in full):
Enclosed herewith you will find notice of your transfer to the Cincinnati Club.
Very truly yours,
(signed) James J Tierney
Tierney’s scripting projects (“9-10”) strength and clarity. The textured sheet has a watermark and normal mailing compacting folds. Accompanying is the original postmarked mailing envelope with the Giants’ “National Exhibition Co.” return address.
a 6-1/4 x 4-1/16” sheet with perforated edges and a printed legend. Handwritten specifics include “Feby 9,” “George Kelly” and “Cincinnati.” Signatures include Chas. Stoneham and James Tierney.