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08/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Harry Wright Baseball Letters Feared Stolen From NY Public Library, Taken Out Of Auction

NEW YORK (AP) -- A trove of letters to one of baseball's founding fathers has been removed from an upcoming auction.

Exton, Pa.-based sports memorabilia dealer Hunt Auctions said last week that it had suspended bidding on the letters. On Monday, it said it was removing them outright from the July 14 auction in St. Louis because "many questions still remain unanswered."

The FBI is investigating whether the letters were among items stolen from the New York Public Library years ago.

The 19th century letters were written to Harry Wright. He built the country's first professional baseball team in Cincinnati.

New York Public Library spokeswoman Heidi Singer declined to comment.