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    (Gene Sarazen) A fine group of three pieces relative to the career of professional golfer Gene Sarazen, including letters from Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gerald R. Ford and a telegram from Ben Hogan -- all fellow golfers. Includes Dwight D. Eisenhower Very fine content Typed Letter Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower" as President, one page, 7 x 9 inches on White House letterhead, October 10, 1957 thanking Sarazen for a gift of prize-winning apples and thanking him "...too, for your comments about the decision I had to make in the Little Rock situation; actually, there was no alternative to the plain duty I had in the matter..." Because of official resistance by the State of Arkansas against integrating Little Rock Central High School , Eisenhower called in the 101st Airborne Division to protect the nine black students enrolled there for the first time. A great content letter by Eisenhower offering a simple justification for his historic action. With original transmittal envelope. One horizontal crease, else extremely fine condition. Offered together with:

    Gerald R. Ford, a fine golf-content Typed Letter Signed "Jerry Ford" as President with additional Autograph postscript signed "J", one page, 7 x 9 inches on White House letterhead, Washington, September, 30, 1974: "It was good to meet you and have a chance to play gold with you when I came to Pinehurst on September 11 for the opening of the World Golf Hall of Fame..." In a short postscript, Ford adds "IYou are one of my 'all time favorites' J." With original transmittal envelope. Two light horizontal creases, else extremely fine condition.

    Also together with a framed Western Union telegram, one page, 10 x 8 inch (sight), 15 x 13 inches overall, from fellow Grand Slammer Ben Hogan who writes: "'ATTA BOY, GENE - YOU'RE MY KIND OF GUY,' SERIOUSLY, CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR BEING HONORED BY THE PGA IN BEING THE RECIPIENT OF THEIR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD. IT IS MUCH DESERVED AND IT COULDN'T HAPPEN TO A NICER FELLOW..." Sarazen (1902-99) was one of only five golfers ever to earn a grand slam. An excellent collection of golf-related material with suburb association and content. Together three pieces.


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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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