Almost from the day Max Carey arrived in Pittsburgh in 1910, Pirates star Honus Wagner took him under his wing. Wagner advised Carey to take extra care to keep his legs in shape, believing that speed was the tool with which Carey would make his mark.
The pair played alongside each other for eight years from 1910-1917. During that time, Carey amassed 1,081 hits and 316 steals. In those eight years, he led the NL in steals four times, and runs and triples one time each.
In the letter Carey mentions his friend Wagner. “Went out to dinner with Honus and (pitcher Claude) Hendrix this evening at some swell people’s house.”
Carey closes the letter lovingly, “Well, Darling you devoted hubby sends all his affectionate kisses of love to his little wife.”
All in and all, the letter provides a nice snapshot into the life of Max Carey.