Although he served only one year (1876) as the first president of the National League, Morgan Bulkeley made critical contributions to its organizing and to the future success of professional baseball. So much so that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame's second induction class in 1937—preceded only by charter members Ruth, Cobb, Johnson, Mathewson and Wagner. Bulkeley went on to a political career as Hartford mayor, Connecticut governor and U.S. Senator. He died in 1922 at age 84.
Presented here is not one, not two or three, but FOUR examples of Bulkeley's scarce signature on a single document. Which could, of course, remain intact for the sake of historical posterity, or could be divided up into four cuts by an enterprising collector. The Yale alum is contributing a princely sum of $500 to his alma mater. The first four appearances of his name are authentic fountain-pen signatures averaging "9" strength, and then there are secretarial autographs at the bottom and on reverse. The document measures 8x10 with expected filing folds and light creasing. Full LOA from JSA.