Lot 1024: Famed American tennis player (1893–1953) whose major tournament victories number in the dozens, including six consecutive years as US Singles Champion. ALS in pencil, signed "Bill," two pages both sides, 5 x 8, no date but postmarked December 7, 1949. Letter to Marion Anderson and his protege Arthur Bratto, in part: "Tempus is forgetting and I am getting shorter & shorter and more eager to get out naturally but am trying to keep it cool & calm at least until Sunday when I'll see you again. I have no news at all but will wait until after mail comes before I end this. I am given the chance to ease off a bit at work, as I am breaking the man in to my job so I have a lot more time in the morning. I will try to keep my exercise up so I'll be in pretty good shape when I get out…It looks to me as if Pancho [Gonzalez] is slipping and [Jack] Kramer is carrying the scores along. I knew he was not in Kramer's class. I guess [Pancho] Segura has really gone ahead as a pro. He sounds tough to beat." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in his hand and signed again in the return field, "W. T. Tilden."
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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