Privileged organization “The Standard Club of Chicago” hosted the prestigious c.1930 group of signers appearing on the offered sheet of stationary. Measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2” this vintage sheet features the signatures of (14) athletes and sportswriters. Listed among the group of average (“7-9”) autographs are: football HOFers: George Halas (“8-9”), “Red” Grange (“7-8”); basketball HOFer (rare) John Schommer (“7“); sportswriters: (2) Warren Brown (“8”, “7”) Leo Fisher (“9“), Arch Ward (“7”). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
We are going to assume Halas and Grange need no introduction, so let’s get to the others.
Schommer (d.1960) was a multi-sport star who led the University of Chicago Maroons basketball team to three straight NCAA national championships in 1907, 1908, 1909, he was elected to the HOF in 1959 and his autograph is considered quite rare.
Warren Brown (d.1978) is credited with coining nicknames for Red Grange “the Galloping Ghost” and Babe Ruth “the Sultan of Swat”, he received the “Spink” award from the baseball HOF in 1973.
Leo Fisher (d.1970) headed the National Basketball League (NBL) in the 1940s and co-founded the Amateur Softball Association in 1933.
Arch Ward (d.1955) created the MLB All-Star Game, the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament and the College Football All-Star Game.
Also present are (7) undetermined autographs.