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Lot of Personal Items of James Downey with Great BB Content 
Lot Number 8
Quantity: Bid Started: 02/27/2006 00:30:00 
Bid Open: 100.00  Bid Ends: 03/16/2006 00:08:40 
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James Downey was meticulous in the way he organized and preserved the items from his days playing minor league baseball in the early part of the 20th Century. Contained within this large collection of (100) personal items are (30) letters with baseball content, (35) telegrams most about playing baseball, (5) postcards, (15) photographs, a pair of his brother’s Army dog tags, several newspaper clippings and several calling cards and miscellaneous items. The most impressive of the many items here is the collection of letters including many baseball-oriented letters from several pre-Depression era Major League players with careers ranging from 1880-1933. Many of the letters are two or more pages and include baseball content that display the friendships that Mr. Downey created in his many years playing baseball around America and Canada. Among the players to correspond with Downey were Hall of Famer Ed Barrow (d.1953), Bill Massey (d.1940), Harry Farmer Vaughn (d.1914), Clarence Frank Currie (d.1941), Jack Quinn (d.1946), Walt McCredie (d.1934), Lew Carr (signed just Lew, d.1954), Arthur Irwin (d.1921) and three separate letters from Tom H. O’Brien (d.1921). The letters nearly all have the original envelopes, stamps and postal markings. The telegrams contain some baseball content and also came from former major leaguers including Ed Barrow, Billy Hamilton, Lew Whistler, Jack Hendricks, JJ O’Brien, Tommy Dowd and Sandy Griffin. The remaining letters and telegraphs have more personal content than baseball, as do many of the postcards and photographs. The photos range from 1” x 1” to 8” x 10” and contain mostly pictures of his immediate family. This is an impressive assortment of personal effects, letters, images, correspondence and artifacts chronicling one man’s journey through the tumultuous terrain of early American baseball. Absolutely Exquisite!  
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