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1951 Bob Lemon Signed Cleveland Indians Contract - Also Signed by Hank Greenberg
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,080
Four-page contract, dated March 2, 1951, between Bob Lemon and The Cleveland Baseball Company, signed in blue ink by "Robert Lemon" (grading "10") and "Hank Greenberg" ("9"), general manager of the team. The one-year contract, for the 1951 season, calls for Lemon to receive a salary of $45,000. Lemon won seventeen games in 1951. One of the top pitchers of his era, Lemon won twenty or more games on seven different occasions and finished his thirteen-year career with 207 victories. His career winning percentage of .617 also puts him in good company, as it ties Cy Young for sixty-third on the all-time list of retired players. A seven-time All-Star participant, Lemon later went on to enjoy a successful managerial career, including a World Championship with the New York Yankees in 1978. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976. It should be noted that although the Lemon family sold his contracts at auction in 2003, few of these Bob Lemon contracts have surfaced since that time. REA has only offered one Bob Lemon contract previously (Lemon's 1955 season contract, which appeared as Lot 1014 in REA's May 2011 auction, selling for $2,350). The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,080
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