"Los Angeles baseball collector Seth Swirsky has found a creative way to put together a unique baseball collection."

Owen Edwards
GQ Magazine
June, 2000
 

"One of the most sustaining things about the baseball hobby is the realization that, in many cases, some of the most spectacular pieces of historic baseball memorabilia wind up in hands of remarkable people who seem more than worthy caretakers of the game’s treasures. Seth Swirsky would seem to fit nicely into that category."

T.S. O’Connell
Sports Collector’s Digest
June 23, 2000
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Letters & Documents

This part of my collection consists of letters and documents from baseball's rich history. One of my favorite pieces is the letter written in 1922 to "Shoeless" Joe Jackson from the Commissioner of Baseball, Kenesaw "Mountain" Landis, banning Jackson from the game forever for his part in the "throwing of the World Series of 1919."

My collection also includes a fan letter written by a small boy to Jackson at the end of Jackson's life requesting his autograph. Jackson was illiterate and, therefore, didn't send the boy an autograph. When Jackson died in 1950, the boy's letter and the envelope in which it came were found on Jackson's bedside. On the back of the envelope, Jackson had twice signed his name the best that he could and attempted it a third time.

Another fascinating letter in this collection was written by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 to his idol, baseball immortal Honus Wagner, commemorating Wagner's 80th birthday. Even Five Star Generals who become the President of the United States can write fan letters.

One of my favorite documents is the check written to Boston Red Sox manager Jake Stahl for $88,543.44, which was the winner's share for the World Championship that year. I found an actual copy of a Boston newspaper from the day after Stahl was given the check and they printed the check in the paper. Talk about authenticity!

Related links:

Read my baseball poem, Mulrooney On The Hill, illustrated by former pitcher Bob Tewksbury..

Listen to my song, There's Nothing Like the Game of Baseball.

See my three books: Baseball Letters, Every Pitcher Tells A Story and Something to Write Home About.

Hear Hall of Famer Ernie Banks describe how he came up with his famous phrase "Let's Play Two."

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