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Dutch Zwilling Collection - All-Time Federal League Home Run Leader - With Two Signed Contracts
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $1,067
Dutch Zwilling's major league career was brief, lasting just four seasons in total, but he achieved baseball immortality and is remembered today for being both the Federal League's all-time home run (29) and RBI (189) leader. Zwilling, who played both Federal League seasons with the Chicago Whales, batted .313 with 16 home runs and 95 RBI in 1914. He followed that up with a .286 average, 13 home runs, and 94 RBI in 1915. He played one more season with Chicago in the National League and then spent the next seven years in the minors before retiring in 1923. Following his playing career, Zwilling managed the Kansas City Blues of the American Association for nine years (1927-1932 and 1935-1937) before returning to the majors one last time as a coach with the Cleveland Indians in 1941. Offered here are two coaching contracts signed by Zwilling, as well as a few additional items relating to his career, all of which originate from his estate. 1) 1936 Kansas City Blues managerial contract. The one-page agreement, dated October 20, 1936, and typed on Kansas City Baseball Club letterhead, has been signed in black fountain pen by both Zwilling (grading "10") and team owner Johnny Kling ("10"), who was a standout catcher for the Cubs in the early 1900s. The one-year agreement calls for Zwilling to receive $5,000. 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex-Mt, with normal fold lines. 2) 1941 Cleveland Indians coaching contract. The four-page fold-over contract, dated July 12, 1941, is signed in black fountain pen by both Zwilling ("10") and Cy Slapnica, as vice president of the club. The agreement, for the remainder of the 1941 season, calls for Zwilling to receive $5,000. 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex-Mt, with normal fold lines. 3) 1936 Kansas City Blues season pass made out to "Mrs. E. H. Zwilling & One." 3.75 x 2.25 inches. Ex, with surface paper loss on the reverse from having been removed from an album. 4) Original cartoon artwork of Zwilling, meant for newspaper publication, by artist "F. Miller." 24 x 13. Fair, with two vertical tears repaired by clear tape on reverse and additional edge tears. Also included are two modern reprint pieces. One is a real-photo postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches, Nr-Mt) of the 1915 Chicago Whales and the other is a black-and-white photo (8 x 10 inches, Nr-Mt) of Johnny Kling picturing him as a member of the Cubs. This is a fascinating collection of unique items from the estate of Dutch Zwilling, who found fame and success (if only for two years) as a legend of the short-lived Federal League. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $1,067
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