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     The relationship documented by this archive of notes and letters could have been from any two teenagers in upscale 1950’s America. The correspondence expresses a young college kid’s hope, fears and dreams, many of which could still be related to by today’s 19 year-olds. The major difference is that the college kid that wrote these letters grew up to be the owner of the New York Yankees: George Steinbrenner. The letters and notes are written by Steinbrenner to a friend of his named Mary Jane Elster.

     The two met in 1949 when George was back in their hometown of Bay Village, Ohio during his summer break from Williams College. George and Mary Jane remained friends after the summer ended, and the two corresponded by mail after Steinbrenner returned to Massachusetts to attended Williams. In his letters to Mary Jane, Steinbrenner writes about everything from his fear of performing in a football game against Princeton, “I’m afraid of shades Custer will be re-enacted at Palmer Stadium” to his disappointment with the Cleveland Indians pennant chances. The letters span the years 1949 through 1951, by which time Mary Jane was herself attending college. As was reported in 2010 when these letters surfaced, the young Steinbrenner’s writing shows some of the bluster and confidence he was later known for as the Yankees owner, but they also exhibit a kinder, more accessible side, one that he carefully shielded when he emerged as the most famous/infamous owner in American sports.

     These letters made major headlines coast-to-coast when Mary Jane’s family made them public shortly after Steinbrenner passed away in 2010. Mary Jane Elster, now married and known as Mary Jane Schriner, intended to release the letters in book form, but the project was halted by legal action taken by the New York Yankees. It must be noted that there is nothing in these letters that are controversial or unsavory, instead they tend to humanize George Steinbrenner, and most of all, help us understand what he was like as a person in his formative years. The condition of the pieces in the archive varies. They range from typewritten pages on George Steinbrenner’s personal Williams College stationary to hand written notes in blue ball point. Many of the letters retain their original mailing envelope and all have been carefully mounted in a 39-page custom-made leather album measuring 13 x 15 inches. A selection of press clippings documenting the Schriner family's legal wrangling with the Yankees are also included in this bound archive. A rare opportunity to look at the inner workings of one of the most revered and reviled personalities in 20th Century sports. This entire lot has been pre-certified by Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication.

It is important to note that no rights of publishing are included in this purchase.
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.:
Estimate: $25,000+
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
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