His team in the throes of a disastrous campaign that brought 100 losses and a ninth-place finish, Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey overlooked his diamond woes and reached out to an old rival with this 1965 correspondence. Typewritten on a 7-1/2 x 10-1/2” sheet of team stationery, the letter is dated “July 27, 1965” and addressed to Casey Stengel in New York’s Roosevelt Hospital. Two days earlier, Stengel’s Mets were throwing a party at Toots Shor’s for participants in a July 26 Old Timers event. During the festivities, Stengel fell and broke his hip (an injury that brought an end to his Hall of Fame managerial career). Yawkey’s sentiments read (in full):
Just a note to let you know that I am thinking of you.
You should realize by now that you are one of my favorite people. I don’t know what I am going to do with you if you keep on breaking bones.
Everyone with the Red Sox is pulling for you to have a speedy recovery.
My best wishes to Edna and yourself.
(signed) Tom Yawkey”
Yawkey's blue ballpoint endorsement projects ("8") strength and clarity. The crisp sheet has two normal compacting folds to facilitate mailing. Comes with a full photo LOA from JSA.