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[Archive]: New York American Basketball Club. Letter File No. 1 Beginning August 9, 1940

Price: $1,250.00
from: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA

  • Seller Inventory #: 391648
  • Format: Softcover
  • Book condition: Very Good
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Keywords: Archive, Basketball, NYCinterest

Softcover. Very Good. Card wrappers brad bound at the top. File of correspondence covering the years between 1940 and 1942, including original correspondence, retained carbon copies, original responses, some early-format photocopied responses, telegrams, and mimeographed flyers. Nearly 40 separate items in total. Modest soiling on the wrappers, very good or better. Files for a fairly serious traveling basketball club sponsored by a YMCA. The correspondence includes details of the team's travels, arrangements for games, and responses from notables who have been made honorary members of the team. Included are photocopies of acceptances from Fierello LaGuardia, from an assistant to F.D.R., and a rejection from T.L. Rowan on 10 Downing Street stationery on behalf of Winston Churchill. This letter is dated November 1941 (when presumably he had other things to do) stating, in part: "While Mr. Churchill is grateful to you for your kindness in wishing to make him a member of your Club, he regrets that he must ask you to excuse him from accepting." One can only imagine what strides Mr. Churchill might have made in his basketball career had he but accepted.