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1928 Yankee Stadium Renovation Contract & Specifications Signed by Jacob Ruppert

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $522.00

This is an historic document dating from the first of numerous renovations to the "House that Babe Ruth Built," signed by Yankee team owner, Jacob Ruppert. Although Yankee Stadium was only five years old, it was already time for the first major renovation in which the triple-deck grandstand in left field was extended beyond the foul pole to its current termination point. Osborn Engineering Co. of Cleveland Ohio, the contractor who had designed and built Yankee Stadium (in an amazing 284 working days!) was again in charge of the renovation. The document offered here is a 24-page contract with blue covers front and back, measuring 9 x 11.5 inches overall, and bearing the title "CONTRACT AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL WORK FOR PART 'D' OF YANKEE STADIUM FOR AMERICAN LEAGUE BASE BALL CLUB OF NEW YORK APRIL 1928." The agreement binds J.P. Hal-Smith Co., Inc., an electrical subcontractor, for the sum of $6,434.00 for various Yankee Stadium projects including working on "The lighting equipment on the ramps, runways, concourses basement, three decks, and on the roof of part 'D' of the Yankee Stadium, which extends from column line...existing flood light rack on the roof of the existing grandstand, which supplies the bleachers on 161st Street is to be relocated....The temporary feeder supplying two flood lights now located on the roof and used to light Doughty Street, is to be replaced with permanent feeder...." Ruppert's flawless signature appears on page five of the contract, signed "Jacob Ruppert Pres." ("10") in fountain pen. Fully executed with embossed stamp, witnessed, and also signed by a representative of the electrical contractor. Despite all the terms relating to floodlights and the such, the first night game wasn't played in Yankee Stadium until 1946. These lights were apparently for lighting up the outside of the ballpark. The blue cover of the contract bears a few marginal tears (noted here for accuracy); the pages are in Excellent condition. This is a rare original document, signed by Jacob Ruppert, directly relating to and authorizing the very first renovations of Yankee Stadium in 1928. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $522.00

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