NEW YORK — A 1935 letter written and signed by John Heisman regarding the establishment of the trophy that bears his image and name is being offered in February by Heritage Auctions. The letter is part of an auction that will be held Feb. 20 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion at 2 E. 79th St. at Fifth Avenue.
Heisman wrote the letter as director of the New York Athletic Club. The typed letter on NYAC stationery states, “The man picked must be the one you consider the most outstanding player of the year.” Heisman was the Club’s first president in 1930. The sale also includes signed Heisman ceremony programs from such past winners as Ernie Davis and Nile Kinnick. Among other items in the sale are:
- A 1966 Willie Mays game-worn San Francisco Giants jersey;
- A single-signed baseball from Larry Lajoie;
- A 1961 game-used and signed Roberto Clemente bat;
- A game-worn Michael Jordan jersey with the Chicago Bulls from 1989-’90;
- A game-used Thurman Munson bat from 1975;
- A Mel Ott single-signed baseball with an inscription to club owner Toots Shor;
- A dual-signed ball by Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris;
- A single-signed ball by Roberto Clemente;
- A 1969 game-worn coach’s jersey belonging to Jim Gilliam; and
- A 1989 game-worn Sparky Anderson jersey as Detroit Tigers manager.
- A professional baseball contract dating back to 1871.
The sale also contains numerous vintage photographs and championship rings.