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New York Giants Typed Letter Signed Lot of (2) with Wellington Mara & John Mara

Lot Number 1050

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Keep it all in the family, with this New York Giants typed letter signed lot of (2). The Mara family has owned the Giants football team for nearly a hundred years, ever since Tim Mara founded the team in 1925. Upon Tim's death in 1959, his sons Jack and Wellington inherited the team, and today Wellington's son John runs the team, putting the Mara family second only to the Halas family in longevity for owning an NFL team. The brothers Mara are recalled with this pair of letters on NY Giants team letterhead, both with interesting football content. 

Jack Mara (d.1965) has signed ("8") an 8-1/2 x 7-1/4" letter, that is dated 8/63/64. This letter has a hole punch on the left margin and small staple holes at top center, which do not affect any of the still bold content, though a horizontal fold at center does pass through the body of the letter, which is addressed to Mr. Joe Zacko. The gist of this correspondence is that Mara would not be attending that year's Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton, due to his responsibilities in setting up a new training camp at Fordham University. Legend has it that the addressee Zacko, who was a local sporting goods merchant, supplied maroon jerseys to the Pottsville Maroons in 1925, giving rise to the team nickname.  

Wellington Mara (d.2005) has signed ("8-9") an 8-1/2 x 11" letter, dated 12/15/72. A clean and crisp page with two horizontal folds, this letter is addressed to Don McCafferty, who won Super Bowl V as head coach of the Baltimore Colts. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Wellington Mara responded in the negative to McCafferty's inquiry regarding a coaching position with the Giants, just prior to McCafferty signing a three year deal with the Detroit Lions in January of 1973. Fortunately the folds do not affect any of the content, and the typed content and printed graphics remain distinct. 

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