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1930 Sammy Byrd Signed New York Yankees Contract - "Babe Ruth's Legs"

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540

Four-page fold-over contract, dated March 21, 1930, between Sammy Byrd and the American League Base Ball Club of New York, signed in green ink by "Samuel Dewey Byrd" and in black ink by team owner Jacob Ruppert (as was common at the time, Barrow's signature here was scripted by general manager Ed Barrow). Also signed in black ink ("9") by American League president E. S. Barnard. The one-year contract calls for Byrd to receive a salary of $6,000 for the 1930 season. Sammy Byrd was a part-time outfielder who's greatest claim to fame today was that he was often a late-inning replacement for Babe Ruth. As such, he gained the nickname of "Babe Ruth's legs" during his six seasons with the Yankees (1929-1934). After his playing career, Byrd made a bigger name for himself on the PGA, winning six events between the years 1942 and 1946. Today, Byrd holds the distinction of being the only person to have played in a World Series game and in a Master's Tournament. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds, along the ends of which are a few tiny tears. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $540

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