George Zaharias

Three letters penned to golf promoter and sports agent, Fred Corcoran, from wrestler George Zaharias, better known as “The Crying Greek from Cripple Creek".

(1) Autograph Letter Signed, “George Zaharias,” one page, 8.5” X 11”, November 20, 1947, on Rocky Mountain Sports Enterprises letterhead, Denver, Colorado. Addressed to Fred [Corcoran]. In full, “Heres the contracts all signed might as well make Oakland too and the Okla City shows. But we still have time Babe left today for Dallas. She will be at 2209 Huntington Lane, Ft Worth Texas c/o R.L. Bowen 45650. / I will be here at Denver and plan on being in Detroit on the 26th so will see you there if I don’t hear from you till then Babe got the book and took it with her give Sid my best. / As Ever / George Zaharias / p.s. I may go to Dallas just to talk to Byron.” Light soiling in top left corner, else fine condition.

(2) Autograph Letter Signed, “George”, one page, 5.5” x 8.25”, January 14, 1948, on Hotel Denver stationery, Denver, Colorado. Addressed to Fred. In full, “This hit here tonite you problay [sic] see it there [news story?]. Babe left here will be Chicago tomorrow Send her a greeting I will be here and will go to Chicago later. But will let you know when I go and let me know if you have Miami. / As Ever / George.” Light soiling along left edge and right corner chip, else fine condition.

(3) Autograph Letter Signed, “George Zaharias”, one page, 7.25” X 10.5”, June 17, 1950, on Skycrest Country Club stationery, Prairie View, Illinois. Addressed to Fred. In full, “Enclosed find check for 591.00 Wilson 300. Adams Shoe 200.00 Century Sportswear $91.00 this brings every thing up to date. / Babe is working 16th of July in Gloversville NY Tommy Armour. And the July 23rd at Fresque [Presque?] Isle Maine. And if you want to fill that week in Okay – let me know. / Best to everybody. / As Ever / George Zaharias.” Staple intact with light rust. Fine with light ink offset. George Zaharias, The Crying Greek from Cripple Creek, was a professional wrestler who met golfer Babe Didrikson when she qualified at the 1938 Los Angeles Open, a men’s PGA tournament. They married later that year and George left wrestling to manage Babe’s career. In 1947, Fred Corcoran took over as her agent. In an interview he once said, “I always wanted to be a champion. I never was, but I wrestled Jim Londos two hours to a draw, once, in Cleveland in 1935, and they called me Champ for a while”. He may never have been a champion, but he married one and managed her career for the next ten years. Babe Didrikson was a phenomenal athlete and when she took on golf at the age of 22, after having played baseball, basketball, earned three Olympic medals in track and field (women were limited to only three events in the 1932 Olympics), she won the first tournament she entered and she didn’t stop there. In her relatively short golf career (she died at the age of 45 from cancer), she won a total of 82 tournaments and was named Female Athlete of the Century by the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated.

Item: 51351

Price: $350.00
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