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Lot # 627: 1936 Grover Cleveland Alexander Signed Government Postcard (PSA NM-MT 8)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM



Presented is a 1936 government postcard that was inscribed and signed by Grover Cleveland Alexander, the Hall of Fame legendary pitcher. The great Alexander, sometimes called "Old Pete" or "Pete," had an amazing lifetime record of 373-208, with a minuscule career 2.56 ERA. In a twenty-year Major League career, Alexander played only in the National League: Philadelphia Phillies (1911-17 & 1930), Chicago Cubs (1915-26), and St. Louis Cardinals (1926-29). Before Old Pete was drafted into the U.S. Army in World War I, he had three incredible seasons in which he won the NL Pitching Triple Crown three years in a row: 1915-17. In each of those seasons he won at least 30 games and had an ERA from 1.22 to 1.83. While serving as a Field Artillery Sergeant in France in 1917, Alexander suffered from inhaling German mustard gas, and the effects of a nearby enemy blast. He began having epileptic seizures, and he suffered shell shock. When he returned to the Major leagues, he was never quite as good as before his military service, and the epileptic seizures were sometimes confused as the effects of his drinking, which was already a problem. The single-game highlight of Alexander's career took place in the 1926 World Series in which his St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees went to seven games. Alexander had pitched complete-game wins in Games 2 and 6, and had spent much of the previous night celebrating, never thinking he would be asked to pitch again in Game 7. But the Yankees had the bases loaded with two out, with the cards leading 3-2. Alexander came into the game to replace starter Jesse Haines, who had a blister, and Yankee Tony Lazzeri narrowly missed hitting a home run into the seats on a long foul ball. Then Alexander struck out Lazzeri and shut out the Yankees in the final two innings to give the Cardinals the World Championship. After his Major League career, Alexander toured during the 1930s and '40s with Grover Cleveland Alexander's House of David Team, and often played against great Negro League players, such as Hall of Famer Satchel Paige, on the Kansas City Monarchs. The postcard measures 3.25x5.5". It is postmarked Nov 12, 1936. It is hand-addressed to "Ernest Infield/Fredericksburg/Route 1/Ohio." Alexander inscribed and signed the postcard with blue ink from a fountain pen and neatly writing "Sincerly (sic) Grover C Alexander." The card exhibits darkening, some foxing, some tiny stray marks, and some stains - one of which on the signature side may be from glue from when the postcard might have been in an album. The address side of the card has white markings in the corners, top, and one side that appear to be the result of the card being in an album at some point. But the small stains and other imperfections do not impinge upon the inscription and autograph. The postcard has been encapsulated and has a PSA/DNA Auto Grade of NM-MT 8.

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