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Lot # 870 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1959 Don Larsen Signed New York Yankees Contract - Also Signed by Weiss and Cronin!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,200

Four-page fold-over contract, dated February 18, 1959, between Don Larsen and the New York Yankees, signed in black ink by "Don James Larsen" (grading "8") and in blue ink by "H. Roy Hamey" ("8") as assistant general manager. Also signed in blue ink by Hall of Famer "Joseph E. Cronin" ("10") as American League president. Larsen was later traded to the Kansas City Athletics on December 17, 1959, at which time this contract was officially reassigned to the Athletics. That transaction is dutifully noted on the contract, with approval of the deal authorized by the additional signatures of Hall of Famer "George M. Weiss" ("10," in blue ink) as Yankees general manager and signed a second time by "Joseph E. Cronin" ("10," in black ink). The one-year agreement calls for Larsen to receive a salary of $16,500. A journeyman pitcher for most of his fourteen seasons in the majors, Larsen was immortalized in the annals of baseball history by pitching a perfect game in the 1956 World Series, a feat that has never been duplicated before or since in the fall classic. As noted on this contract, 1959 was Larsen's fifth and final season with the Yankees, and he closed out his final year in pinstripes with a record of 6-7 and an ERA of 4.33. He retired after the 1967 season with a lifetime record of 81-91. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) remains in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA.

  Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,200

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