Autograph – and Grammar Lesson – from Bill Wade, LA Rams and Chicago Bears QB.
Lot 448. Autograph – and Grammar Lesson – from Bill Wade, LA Rams and Chicago Bears QB. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Wade led the Chicago Bears to the NFL championship in 1963. In the title game, he scored both touchdowns in a 14-10 win over the New York Giants. In 1958, he led the league in passing yards; in 1961, in passer rating, and in 1962, in passing completions and attempts. Wade’s autograph is mint 9 to gem mint 10 at the close of a note that covers both sides of an informational index card. In requesting the autograph, the writer concluded a sentence with the preposition “at.” Wade wrote the following in response: “May I call your attention to your improper English in your mimeographed letter – 4th paragraph – 3rd line – ‘where I could reach him at.’ ‘At’ is improper – and I am sure you don’t want to send any more letters with such a glaring error.” After football, Wade participated in the banking industry in Nashville, his home town. At Wade’s passing in 2016, Bears lineman Ed O’Bradovich described his teammate as “a very serious person.... Very studious. Wonderful man.” Minimum Bid $20.