Completing his second season with the South Bend (IN) Greens, Max Carey composed this August 25, 1910 correspondence from his quarters at the Oliver Hotel. Less than six weeks from an auspicious Major League debut (Carey went 3-for-6 for the 1910 Pirates), Carey conveyed heartfelt thanks for newspaper clippings detailing his Central League exploits. The letter has wonderful baseball content regarding Carey’s aspirations to be summoned by the reigning World Champion Pirates. And, at the conclusion, Carey’s black-ink signature projects (“9-10”) potency. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
The stationery measures 6 x 9-3/8”, with each sheet showcasing a black-and-white likeness of the hotel with a printed claim of “Fireproof – Best in the West.” Penned entirely in Carey’s hand, the letter is dated “Aug 25 1910” and is addressed in German, with an introductory question in German, as well. The English portion reads:
”Was certainly glad to read some of those clippings and again very thankful for your kindness in sending me the same. Of course there is a lot of dope written about me, half of which is true. By reading the articles you can judge for yourself. (illegible) it happens to be (illegible) that I go to Pittsburgh. I certainly hope that I’ll make good. If so, I wouldn’t at all have to be ashamed of an achievement in which I in two months time as an outfielder not expected to make good, was sold to the world’s champions.”
Note: seven of the lines have been underlined in period red ink and a vintage inscription (executed vertically along the side of the page) reads: “How about this, eleven years later" and “World’s Champions” again! Why, sure!”
The letter (in Carey’s hand) continues:
”Just now I have an awful lot correspondence and it keeps me busy buying stamps. I kind a think that I’ll give up the Civil Service question for the time being at least. Nevertheless, I would be glad to hear from you regarding your experience with the same and also your success.
Enclosed you will find the clipping and again, many thanks.
I’m batting about 300 now and have nearly 20 stolen bases to my credit.
McCarthy is hitting about 240 or 250.
Well, old boy, give my regards to all I know at St. Loucy.
(signed) Max Carey
Carey’s reference near the conclusion was to South Bend teammate and Notre Dame alum Alex McCarthy, who batted .243 that season.
The second page is separated (for repeated folding), though both portions are present and Carey's signature is not at all affected by the separation..