His accomplishments of six pennants and two World Series titles, aside, legendary Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss was also instrumental in instituting the World Series, as well as ridding the game of outlaw pitches and gambling. A “gambler” in his own right in his efforts as an investor, Dreyfuss (d.1932) composed and signed this 1922 correspondence to Hall of Fame Pirate icon Fred Clarke. Written on an 8-3/8 x 10-3/4” sheet of Pittsburgh Pirates stationery, the letter is dated “AUG 10 1922” and is composed entirely in Dreyfus’ hand in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. It reads (in full):
“My Dear Fred!
Sold your 400 shares of Copper Mines Stock at 55 cents nett, yesterday, and enclose herewith my check for $220.00 in payment for it. I tried to get 60 c for it as some large blocks were lately sold at that figure, but the time is getting close for turning it in, thought best to accept 55 cents per share.
I sold my own stock long, long ago, wanted something to write off against my income tax.
The Pirates are going good now, New York and St. Louis are only 4 ½ games ahead of us + both are coming back, bad pitching, most every day. I do hope you can make us your promised visit in September. I promise to make your expense for you while you are here. The club will be at home beginning tomorrow until about September 11th.
With kindest regards to Mrs. Clarke, the young ladies + yourself in which my dear (illegible passage) I remain
Ever your friend
From start to finish, Dreyfuss’ elegant penmanship is powerfully executed and culminates with a bold endorsement that projects (“9”) potency. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $2,000 - $3,000).