This Certificate of Merit, dated August 22, 1953, was presented to Connie Mack "Grand Old Man of Baseball" by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The document was awarded to Mack for "his outstanding leadership, forthrightness and fair play for more than 75 years has reflected great credit upon baseball and inspired both adults and youths with his code of clean, vigorous sportsmanship." It is signed by Wayne E. Richards, Commander in Chief and Julian Dickenson, Adjutant General. The Certificate was presented to Mack in a presentation portfolio with his name inscribed in gold leaf.
Frazier's last world title challenge came in 1975, but he was beaten by Ali in their brutal rubbermatch. He retired in 1976 following a second loss to Foreman. He made a comeback in 1981, fighting just once, before retiring for good. The International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) rates Frazier among the ten greatest heavyweights of all time. He is an inductee of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
These images were taken by photographer, Glenn McCurdy, lifelong friend of Frazier and author, director and cinematographer of two documentary films for ABC-TV on Frazier's career. One of these films, Heavyweight Inc., was praised by Sports Illustrated as "the best documentary on boxing...ever."
Each photo was printed in black and white, measures over 10" x 13" and was signed by Frazier in McCurdy's presence. They are being sold individually. $400.00 per photo
A child prodigy born to a musical family, Liberace was a showman. He became a star in the '50s, both through his records and assorted television and film appearances. His appearance and repertoire were became increasingly campy, dressing himself in rhinestones, gold lame, furs, and sequins while playing everything from Gershwin and show tunes to lounge jazz and light classical pieces. With a lighted candelabra placed on his piano. Liberace's star rose rapidly in the early '50s, and he had his own syndicated television show, appropriately titled "The Liberace Show." His celebrity reached a peak in the mid-'50s starring in the 1955 film "Sincerely Yours," a movie about a deaf concert pianist, was mentioned in popular song, "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes and published his own cookbook. In 1956, Liberace celebrated 25 years in show business with an extravagant concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Liberace would go on to make appearances on other television programs like "The Ed Sullivan Show, "Person to Person," "The Jack Benny Program," "The Tonight Show with Jack Paar," "Here's Lucy," "The Monkees" and "Batman" among others.
The success of Liberace's syndicated television show drove record sales. By 1954, he had recorded nearly 70 albums with his record "Liberace by Candlelight" selling over 400,000 copies.
This museum quality framed photograph of Liberace measures 13" x 15". The white mat showcases a beautifully cut piano keyboard within the matting at the bottom. The photograph features a personal note reading "To Michael Good Luck, Liberace." $275.00