Lot 1032: Fantastic archive of seven ALSs by Warner, six signed "Pop" and one unsigned, totaling 16 pages over 10 sheets, dated 1934 through 1937, with two written in pencil. Letters to other coaches, all with extremely good football content. One 1934 letter as head coach at Temple, in part: "I can't see any team out there that can lick Stanford unless the Bears and Trojans make a helluva big improvement or catch Stanford on their heels…W. Va. made 16 first downs to 1 for Washington & Lee in beating them ten touchdowns to nothing, and Princeton just barely won over W & L…Holy Cross has a whale of a team and Bucknell, Carnegie Tech and Villanova are plenty tough especially the latter. We play Marquette this coming Saturday in Milwaukee and from all reports they are better than they have been." Another, in which he draws a diagram of a play, in part: "Thanks for explaining the pass and play that has been taking your boys over the last chalk line. They work good. Here is about as good a play I can think of for the spot you asked about. It is easy to work up also with no double passing and little chance of a fumble." A third, in part: "It was excellence in tackling and blocking that made the Carlisle teams good…I did not neglect the fundamentals…Having experimented, as you know, with several variations of the double wing and having watched other teams use different variations—one or two backs in the hole, balanced line…I have come to the positive conclusion that the close double wing with a tight 4 + 2 line is without doubt the most effective…that formation…might prove to be the very best offensive formation in football." In a 1938 letter, he draws a formation and explains, in part: "We had a very satisfactory spring session and we learned and moved out about 25 plays from each of the following formations…I believe our offense from the close formation is much stronger…I also worked on a new punt formation which looks mighty good." In overall fine condition. One letter is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from PSA/DNA, and another is accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Accompanied by one retained copy of a TLS sent to Warner.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469
Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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