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1951 Minnie Minoso Cuban League Contract

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840

One-page contract, dated October 5, 1951, between Orestes Minoso and the Marianao Base Ball Club of the Liga de Base Ball Profesional Cuba. Signed in black fountain ink ("9") by "Orestes Minoso," the president of the club, and the league president. The one-year agreement, for the winter-league season of 1951-1952, calls for Minoso to receive a salary of $1,000 per month. Minoso, who was a native of Cuba, had just completed his first full season in the majors at the time he signed this contract, a season in which he hit .326 and led the league in stolen bases with 31. One of the most exciting players in the league, Minoso hit over .300 in eight of his first ten seasons and led the league in stolen bases three times. White Sox owner Bill Veeck was not only his employer, but his biggest fan. In talking about Minoso, Veeck asserted "I don't believe there is a player in the game today who can give you the thrill he can. Without him in the lineup, it's just another ball game." Minoso, whose major league career spanned five decades (he made only cameo appearances in he 1970s and 1980s), was a seven-time All Star and finished in the top five of MVP balloting on four different occasions. He finished his seventeen-year career with a .298 average, 186 home runs, and 1,023 RBI. This is the first Minnie Minoso contract we have ever offered and we cannot recall having ever seen another. The contract (8.25 x 13 inches) displays a horizontal fold, two staple holes, and few tiny areas of light discoloration. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $840

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