A well-traveled backstop who played for seven different Major League teams, Hank Foiles scattered 353 hits and 46 homers over 11 seasons. These correspondence pieces were composed during his professional career. Highlights include a 1953 letter signed by Hank Greenberg. Typewritten on Cleveland Indians stationary, the letter details Foiles’ demotion to Indianapolis (where he would stay until the 1955 season). In a General Manager capacity, Greenberg signed in black ink (“9” strength). Auction LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Correspondence pieces include:
1950 Kansas City Blues dated “September 11, 1950,” the two-page correspondence indicates that Foiles’ contract with the National Association’s Kansas City Blues had been recalled. Addressed to Foiles at the Binghamton Triplets’ address, the (2) pages were signed by Blues business manager Parke Carroll (both “9-10” strength) and one page is inscribed “Good luck in the playoff” which was a reference to Foiles’ endeavor with the Binghamton club after the conclusion of the Blues’ season.
1952 Cincinnati Reds dated “April 7, 1952,” the letter is typewritten on Cincinnati Reds stationery and details Foiles’ assignment to the Ottawa A’s. An accompanying “Notice to Player of release or Transfer” is signed by Reds President Gabe Paul (“8-9” strength).
1953 Cleveland Indians date “June 18, 1953,” the letter is typewritten on Cleveland Indians stationery and reads (in full):
Enclosed you will find your notice of the transfer of your contract to the Indianapolis Baseball Club of the American Association – without right of recall.
I want to wish you every success in the future and hope that someday you will return to our club.
Very truly yours
(signed) Hank Greenberg”
At that point in the season, Hoiles was hitting .150 with the parent club. The original mailing envelope accompanies.
Also included is a 4x6 black-and-white photo signed by Foiles.