Lot 925: Founder of the New York Renaissance basketball team (1882–1979), and the first African American to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame; nicknamed the 'Father of Black Professional Basketball.' Rare TLS signed "Robt. Douglas," one page, 8.5 x 10.75, Renaissance letterhead, December 7, 1936. Letter to John LaFontana, in full: "Thanks for yours of December 4th. We will be glad to accept your very kind offer to take care of the men during their stay in your city. In speaking to our Road Manager he suggested that you reserve rooms for two nights for 10 men, to wit, December 13th and 14th as they intend to come direct from Hartford to Great Barrington and will sleep in Great Barrington on the 13th and also on the 14th after the game there. Kindly be good enough to let me know if the above will be alright. I hope that the weather conditions and everything pertaining to making the game a success will be perfectly O.K. on the 14th." In fine condition, with horizontal folds and a chip to right edge. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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