Already hampered by epilepsy and alcoholism, Grover Cleveland suffered shell shock and was exposed to mustard gas during World War I, yet endured to defy the odds in a spectacular mound career. This handwritten letter was composed and signed by the Hall of Famer well after his playing days. Impressive simply as correspondence authored and endorsed by Alexander, this piece is riveting in that its content conveys heartfelt strides at unraveling the mystery of this oft-troubled star. Composed on stationery from an East St. Louis, Illinois hotel, the letter is dated "Sept 30th 1946" and written in pencil (entirely in Alexander’s hand). The gist of the message appears to be an attempt at gathering memoirs and personal accounts for an author who planned to write Alexander’s biography. At the conclusion, Alexander has signed “GC Alexander” in graphite pencil (“8” strength). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
The letter reads (in full):
”When I sit down to get into writing just what I want to say I find myself in more trouble than if the bases were full and no one out I have talked to youngsters several times But I could use a base ball and show them and not have so much to say I do not use a type writer and my friend John is radio Sports Announcer at Station (illegible call letters) here in East St. Louis, ray Smith is helping me and therefore before the week is over you should be getting my story I feel sure that with your skill in writing that it can be touched up so as to be easily understood by the youngsters I do hope that you are feeling good again. Glad to hear from you at any time Sincerely your friend