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Presented is a signed, typed letter from Barney Dreyfuss, President of the Pittsburgh Athletic Company, dated October 26th, 1910.  Dreyfuss has signed his full name in black ink at the bottom of the letter and inscribed “Regards to all your dear ones & yourself” at the close of the letter.  The blue-ink typescript is addressed to Fred (Clarke), and is on the letterhead of the “Pittsburgh Athletic Company, operating the Pittsburgh Base Ball Club.” Bernhard "Barney" Dreyfuss (February 23, 1865 – February 5, 1932) owned the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise from 1900 to his death.  He is often credited with the creation of the modern baseball World Series.

In 1903, Dreyfuss brokered the peace treaty that recognized two major leagues, the established National League and the upstart American League. It also instituted a single set of rules, established agreements with the minor leagues, set up cooperative scheduling, and recognized each league's rights to its own players. To cash in on the peace between the leagues, an agreement with terms was created by Dreyfuss and Boston Pilgrims' (today's Boston Red Sox) owner Henry Killilea to create the modern World Series. He also built one of baseball's first modern steel and concrete baseball parks, Forbes Field, in 1909. During his period of ownership, the Pirates won six National League pennants and World Series titles in 1909 and 1925; only the New York Giants won more NL championships (10) during the same period. The letter comes with a full LOA from JSA (BB23208). 

1910 Barney Dreyfuss Signed Letter To Fred Clarke Dated 10/26/1910 on Pittsburgh Athletics Letterhead (JSA)
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Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,140.00
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Auction closed on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
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