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1929 Arthur Sharkey Signed Philadelphia Athletics Contract - World Championship Season
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540
Four-page fold-over contract, dated March 28, 1929, between Arthur Sharkey and the American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia, signed in black fountain pen by "Arthur Sharkey ("10"), and in blue fountain pen by John D. Shibe" ("10") as vice president. Also signed by American League president "E. S. Barnard" ("9/10," black fountain pen) and two witnesses. The one-year contract, for the 1929 season, calls for Sharkey to receive a salary of $300. Unfortunately for Arthur Sharkey, he could not have picked a worse time to be signed by the A's. The 1929 World Champion Philadelphia A's are considered by many to be one of the greatest clubs ever assembled, so it is no surprise that Sharkey, who was making his professional debut in 1929, did not make the club that year. Instead, he spent the season playing for both the Martinsburg Blue Sox (a Class D club in the Blue Ridge League) and the Johnstown Johnnies (a Class C club in the Middle Atlantic League). Sharkey played two more seasons for Johnstown before retiring from professional baseball. Despite Sharkey's near anonymity in the professional ranks, the fact that this Philadelphia A's contract dates from the club's historic 1929 World Championship season makes it both a rare and very significant souvenir dating from the start of Connie Mack's last great baseball dynasty. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays three horizontal folds and a few tiny edge tears on the back page. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the team and league executive's signatures only; JSA has no exemplars of Sharkey's signature). SOLD FOR $540
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