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1910 and 1933 Brooklyn Dodgers Contracts - One Signed by Charles Ebbets
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,896
Pair of Brooklyn Dodgers contracts dating, respectively, from 1910 and 1933. 1) One-page contract, dated March 4, 1910, between R. M. Blakely and the Brooklyn Ball Club of the Borough of Brooklyn, signed in black fountain pen by "R. M. Blakely" (grading "10") and "C. H. Ebbets" ("9/10") as owner/president. The one-year agreement calls for Blakely to receive a salary of $225 per month. Unfortunately for Blakely, he failed to make the team that spring, as the records show that he spent most of the 1910 season playing for Lowell in the New England League. 1910 also marked Blakely's final season in professional baseball. This is one of the earliest Brooklyn Dodgers contracts we have ever seen, which is all the more desirable because of the scarce Charles Ebbets signature. The contract (8.5 x 14 inches) displays two vertical and three horizontal folds and a staple hole in the upper left corner. Excellent condition overall. 2) Four-page fold-over contract, dated January 27, 1933, between Clyde Sukeforth and the Brooklyn National League Baseball Club Inc., signed in black fountain pen by "Clyde Sukeforth" ("9") and "S. W. McKeever" ("10") as president. Also signed in black fountain pen ("9") by National League president John Heydler. The one-year agreement calls for Sukeforth to receive a salary of $4,500. Sukeforth was a journeyman catcher whose major league career spanned the years 1926-1934 (he appeared in a few games in 1945 during the war). Although his playing career was uneventful, Sukeforth is best remembered today for scouting Jackie Robinson and then recommending him to Branch Rickey as the player best suited to become the first black player in modern organized baseball. Years later, when both men were working for Pittsburgh, Sukeforth also recommended Roberto Clemente to Rickey. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 2 contracts. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,896
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