Red Grange began his professional career when he debuted for the Chicago Bears ten days after helping the Illinois Fighting Illini defeat Ohio State in 1925. Grange caught the eye of Chicago Bears owner George Halas playing in college, earning All-American honors three times as he rushed for 3,362 yards, threw for 575 yards, caught 14 passes added 253 yards, and scored 31 touchdowns in 20 collegiate games. Halas engineered a barnstorming tour for the superstar halfback to showcase The Galloping Ghost’s exceptional abilities and lend credibility to the NFL. Red played eight seasons for the Chicago Bears (1925, 1929-1934) and the New York Yankees (1926-1927).
Presented is a rarity indeed of the dual sport pro-athlete. It is a OCL (Galiardi) baseball autographed by the man, the myth, the legend…Red Grange. He signed it on the side panel in blue ballpoint with quotes on his namesake “Red” (“8”). Authentication: JSA Full Letter