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Lot # 1337 (1337 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1921 Jesse Haines St. Louis Cardinals Contract - Also Signed by Branch Rickey!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,900

Four-page fold-over contract, dated February 19, 1921, between Jesse Haines and the St. Louis National Baseball Club, signed in black fountain pen by "Jessie Haines" (grading "10") and Cardinals president "Branch Rickey" ("10"). The stamped signature of National League president John Heydler also appears on the contract. The one-year agreement, for the 1921 season, calls for Haines to receive a salary of $4,000. Additionally, a handwritten addendum on the second page, reads "It is further agreed that in event the services of the player are entirely satisfactory to the manager, Mr. Rickey, the club agrees to pay an added compensation for the season of five hundred dollars." While we are well aware of Rickey's penny-pinching ways, it would be hard to believe that he was not "entirely satisfied" by Haines' services during the 1921 season. Playing in just his second full season in the majors, Haines led all Cardinals pitchers in games (37), victories (18), and strikeouts (84), and tied for the club lead in games started (29), complete games (13), and shutouts (2). For the next ten seasons Haines was one of the Cardinals' most reliable starters, winning twenty or more games three times and leading the club to four pennants and two World Championships. He retired in 1937 with 210 wins and a 3.64 ERA. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1970. This is only the second Haines contract we have ever offered, and the second earliest we have ever seen, predated only by his 1920 rookie contract. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is separated at the spine. The second page was once separated along both fold lines, but each tear has been repaired with clear tape on the interior. The folds to the first page are not separated but are reinforced with clear tape on the interior. A few additional small tears are also evident. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.

Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,900

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