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Happy to help as I am a member of a library baseball group that is interested in all things involved with the game, both historical as well as today.
Oh great! I have been trying to get back to you but was having trouble getting on the site. I guess I finally made it and I hope it doesn't cut me off again. I have letters and telegrams from 1888 re my great grandfather, H. E. Jackson, who was a ball player - first base - and wanted to play for Indianapolis. He wrote to and received letters from a Horace S. Fogel some written on a letterhead of "The Sporting Life Publishing Co. publishers of "The Sporting Life" a weekly journal. Fogel told him, since Indianapolis had 4 good first basemen that he wouldn't get a fair trial so he should join a minor league and make $100 per month until he got established and then he could join Indianapolis and make $300 per month plus "considerations" the next year. I have telegrams from several managers asking him to reply right away with his "lowest terms". On one of the telegrams he said he answered for $150 per month. There is also a letter from J. J. Jennings from the Columbus Base Ball Company asking for his "terms" to play with them "next year" dated Dec. 21,1887 as well as some that he wrote home. I'm wondering if these letters and telegrams are of any value. Thanks, BJ
Thanks so much for your help. I will certainly do that. I am scanning each piece into my computer so that I can both try to find a value and perhaps sell it or maybe donate it. I don't want it to get buried in some museum vault somewhere - I would like it to be on display somewhere. I do have a picture of him at an older age. I'm 79 and through records found out it was my grandfather, Henry Everett Jackson, Jr. not great grandfather, who was a Sr. as I first thought. If I donated it to the base ball history museum, do you think it would just get buried?? My father Edmo Earl Merkel was a hero in WW1 and I paid to have a display case set up with his memorabilia in his home town in Hattiesburg, MS. rather than donate it to the WW1 museum for that very reason. What would your opinion be?? Thanks, BJ
Thanks again for your advice. If you would be interested in a copy of these papers, I would be glad to send one to you. BJ Johnson