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1956 Sparky Anderson Signed Montreal Royals Contract
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840
Four-page fold-over contract, dated April 17, 1956, between George "Sparky" Anderson and the Montreal Baseball Club, Inc., signed twice in blue ink by both "George L. Anderson" (each grading "10") and the same club official. Anderson's signature appears on the first and third pages of the contract. The one-year contract, for the 1956 season, calls for Anderson to receive a salary of $700 per month. Sparky Anderson only played one season in the major leagues (1959), but later became one of the best managers in baseball. As manager of Cincinnati's legendary "Big Red Machine" of the 1970s and later the Detroit Tigers, Anderson won five pennants and three World Championships during his 26-year career. He was also the first manager to win Championships in both leagues and the first to have 100-win seasons with two different teams. Named Manager of the Year twice in each league, Anderson was elected to Hall of Fame in 2000. This contract dates from Anderson's fourth season in the minors. As a second baseman with the AAA Montreal Royals of the International League, the Dodgers top farm club, Anderson batted .298 with 0 home runs and 47 RBI. All told, Anderson spent ten years in the minors before beginning his professional coaching career in 1964. Contracts of Hall of Fame players are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is the first Sparky Anderson contract we have ever offered and we can cannot recall having seen any others at public auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a paper-clip impression in the upper left corner as well as a few light corner creases. In Excellent to Mint condition overall. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $840
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