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Lot # 742 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1948 Burleigh Grimes Signed New York Yankees Contract (Scout)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $360

Four-page fold-over contract, dated January 2, 1948, between Burleigh Grimes and the American League Baseball Club of New York, Inc., signed in black fountain pen by "Burleigh A. Grimes" (grading "9") and "George M. Weiss" ("9/10") as vice president of the club. Also signed in black fountain pen ("8") by American League president William Harridge. The one-year agreement calls for Grimes to receive a salary of $6,000 as a scout for the 1948 season. Burleigh Grimes was the last of the legal spitball pitchers. Through the use of his "spitter," Grimes reigned as one of the best pitchers in baseball during the 1920s, winning twenty or more games on five occasions, including league-leading totals in both 1921 (22) and 1928 (25). Except for a brief two-month stint with the Yankees, his entire career was spent in the National League. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. Contracts of Hall of Fame players are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is the only the second Grimes contract we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen any others at public auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays light water staining along the right border that affects all four pages. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $360

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