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    JOE ELLICK SIGNED LETTER. The name Joseph J. Ellick is not one that resounds in the Halls of Cooperstown.  However, he was a professional ballplayer from the era of the game's infancy.  This three-page handwritten letter was penned by Ellick in 1878, and forwarded "To the Board Directors, N.A.P.B.B.C.  [National Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs]."  The letter's body and signature, "Joe J. Ellick," are consistently light (8), but perfectly legible throughout.  Unlike most letters signed by players of yore, this one is career-contemporary and is, most assuredly, 'career' in content.  It seems that Ellick had a contract dispute with the Milwaukee club concerning arrears.  We, of course, don't know if Mr. Ellick was made whole; his argument is quite articulate and convincing.  But then, in those days, power of the purse generally prevailed.  Ellick was a marginal player, yet a veteran of the National Association - the game's first professional league.  He later played in the National League (Milwaukee and Worcester), and it was after his tenure with the former that he wrote this letter of grievance.  Later, in 1884, he reappeared in the Union Association as a player and manager.  Attending this letter is a vintage written page (not in Ellick's hand) which summarizes his experience.  The letter's pages are very lightly lined and bear the normal compacting of two horizontal folds.      

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