Lot # 12: HOF Coach John W. Wilce signed letter on Ohio State letterhead

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "2020 Kickoff Auction",
which ran from 8/12/2020 12:00 PM to
8/29/2020 8:00 PM

Typed Letter Signed (TLS) by head coach J.W. Wilce and dated April 22, 1924. The letter was beautifully signed in black fountain pen on The Ohio State University letterhead.  The letter served as permission for captain "Tee" Young to travel to the Culver Military Academy in Indiana the previous day.  Includes the original envelope where Wilce penned Frank D. Young across the middle.

It wasn't until the arrival of Jack Wilce that Ohio State found stability at the head coaching position. He'd coach from 1913-1928, leading Ohio State to their first ever win over rival Michigan in 1919. He finished with a record that of 78-33-9 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. Please note the brown toning to the right side where another object had rested against it for decades. Comes with original mailing envelope.


This lot originates from the Tee Young Collection, captain of the 1924 Ohio State football team.  He passed away from colon cancer in 1973.  A percentage of the total sale of this lot will be donated to the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer in honor of Francis "Tee" Young.

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