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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Theft and Baseball

I found an interesting article in the New York Times this past Thursday about the letters of baseball Hall of Famer and immortal Harry Wright, who played for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869, which were supposed to be auctioned off this coming Tuesday in St. Louis. They were pulled from the auction due to the fact they may have been stolen years ago.

MLB was hoping the letters, which were to be auctioned off by Hunt Auctions and are about some of baseball's earliest business practices, would bring around $50,000. But the FBI is now looking into the matter. The letters may have been stolen from the New York Public Library's collections over 20 years ago.

Things like this make you wonder just how much baseball memorabilia out there may have actually been stolen from other collections. It's a good article worth reading, so check it out here.

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