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1917 Harry Frazee Signed Signed Letter and Contract (Herb Pennock)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $533
One-page typed letter, together with a Boston Red Sox player contract, each signed by team owner Harry Frazee in 1917. In his letter, dated January 22, 1917, on Boston Red Sox team letterhead, Frazee urges future Hall of Fame pitcher Herb Pennock to sign his contract for the coming season. In full: "Dear Mr. Pennock:- I have your letter and have carefully noted same. I regret that I cannot concede the point you mention, but it is really very unnecessary to you as your release would mean nothing to you unless you intended to continue playing baseball. However, I have great hopes that you will remain with the Boston Club and become one of the regular pitchers the coming season. Therefore, sign the contract and return same to me today and I assure you, you will have no reason to regret your treatment as I will be more than fair with you on any question that might come up in the future. Yours truly- H. H. Frazee [signed]." Frazee's signature has been executed in black fountain pen and grades "7," (a few slight areas of brushing/bleeding). The letter (8 x 10 inches) has both vertical and horizontal mailing folds. In Very Good condition overall. The contract, between the Boston American League Base Ball Club and Herbert Pennock, is undated and calls for Pennock to receive a salary of $2,500 for the 1917 season. It has been signed in black fountain pen by Frazee, with the signature grading "8" (slight brushing). The contract (8 x 13 inches) appears to be trimmed along the base of the first page; otherwise in apparent Excellent condition. Although Pennock refused to sign this particular contract, he did come to terms with the Red Sox and compiled a 5-5 record that season before maturing into one of the club's best pitchers. In 1923 he was traded to the Yankees, where he helped lead the club to four World Championships during his eleven season with the team. Both the letter and contract have been matted and framed together with a modern-day photo of Frazee to total dimensions of 33 x 20 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $533
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