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Item 805 - John Wooden Catalog 587 (Jul 2020)

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ALS signed "John Wooden, Purdue 1932," two pages, 7.25 x 10.5, Central Junior-Senior High School letterhead, March 12, 1943. Letter to an admirer. In part: "It is very difficult to answer your question as to the three greatest players I have ever seen…It is hard to compare collegiate and professional players. However, as to all around ability the following players are among the best that I have ever seen or had the privilege of playing with or against…all were truly great. Bob McDermott-Dusquesne, 'Hank' Luisetti-Stanford, Charles Hyatt-Pittsburgh, Robert Vandiver-Franklin, 'Fats' Jenkins-New York Rens, 'Stretch' Murphy-Purdue, John Burch-Dusquesne, Robert Kessler-Purdue…those mentioned are or were all truly great players." The left edge of both pages is affixed to a slip of wallpaper. In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges and some corner creasing. Three years later, Wooden would begin an incredible 29-year run as head coach of UCLA, coaching such greats as Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton.

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