Gus Gleichmann signed letter to Bob Meusel of the NY Yankees dated June 3rd, 1922
Gus Gleichmann was the playing coach of the Edmonton Eskimos Baseball team. This letter is addressed to "Friend Bob" and dated June 3rd, 1922. The only question was "Who is Bob?" My research concluded that this is in fact Bob Meusel who was a part of "Murderers Row" on the New York Yankees during this 1922 MLB season. Gus Gleichmann had played with Bob Meusel on the 1917 PCL Vernon, California team. In the letter he makes reference to hoping Bob can beat the Bambino in circuit smashes (home runs) this season. Also he suggests that Bob introduce Ken MacKenzie and Duke Keats to the Bambino. MacKenzie and Keats were very likely going to New York and this letter was an effort to set up a meeting between Bob Meusel, Ken MacKenzie and Duke Keats. And also to introduce them to Babe Ruth.
Gus Gleichmann adds that the Bambino would certainly remember him. Research indicates that Gleichmann and Babe Ruth were team mates in Baltimore in 1914.
In 1928, Gleichmann and his wife Mattie, purchased the Pierport Inn which had opened originally as the Wayside Inn in 1910 in Ventura, California. It was in poor condition and the Gleichmann family restored it and reopened it in 1929. In 1938 Gus Gleichmann was killed in an automobile accident. Mattie continued operation of the In and her son Ted returned from WWII and became general manager. In the 1950's the Ventura Highway was built below the bluff that the inn sits on. The In was a playground for the social elite such as Cecil. B. DeMille, Bette Davis, Edward G. Robinson and Charlie Chaplin. And a hideaway for lovers, Clarke Gabel and Carole Lombard, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
The photo attached is for reference only and pictures the 1920 Edmonton Eskimos Baseball team. Gus Gleichmann (1B) is fourth from the Right.