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1977 Billy Martin Signed New York Yankees "Conduct Agreement" and Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,200
This is an outrageous Billy Martin signed item! Dating from the years of the New York Yankees' famed "Bronx Zoo" baseball dynasty, this two-page addendum to Billy Martin's managerial contract directly concerns his conduct on and off the field. This document has great historical significance! The three-year span 1976-1978 was one of the most successful, yet tumultuous periods in New York Yankees history. While wins and World Championships became the norm on the field during that time, fights, both physical and verbal, reigned in the clubhouse. At the center of the maelstrom was manager Billy Martin, who waged a never-ending war both with owner George Steinbrenner and high-priced outfielder Reggie Jackson. This document dates from that highly volatile period in franchise history and illustrates how frustrated the Yankees had become with Martin's behavior. The addendum, dated July 28, 1977, voids the previous year's two-page "letter of understanding" and makes note of some of Martin's duties that "may not be specifically spelled out in the uniform player contract." One of the three stipulations in this document directly addresses Martin's frequent criticism of team management: "because of the problems encountered with the press and media it is in the best interest of the club that you be aware that we expect you to refrain from any public criticism of executive management in any manner." Signed in black felt-tip pen by both "Alfred M. Billy Martin" (grading "10") and Gabe Paul ("8," slight bleeding). 8.5 x 11 inches. Vg-Ex, with a staple hole and diagonal crease in the upper left corner. Accompanying the document, and perfect for display alongside it, is an 8 x 12-inch color photo of Billy Martin as manager of the Yankees that has been flawlessly signed in blue Sharpie (grading "10") in the lower right corner. Vg-Ex, with a number of light surface wrinkles. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200
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