Lot # 2211: 1916 Roger Bresnahan Signed Chicago Cubs Termination Agreement with Related Document

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2021",
which ran from 4/2/2021 12:00 PM to
4/18/2021 9:00 PM

One-page legal agreement, dated February 28, 1916, signed by Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan. The document represents a settlement between Bresnahan and the Chicago Cubs regarding his termination as player/manager of the team following the 1915 season. As stated in the document, Bresnahan, in consideration of the sum of ten thousand dollars, releases the Cubs from all other obligations set forth in his contract. It is signed in black fountain pen by "Roger P. Bresnahan" (grading "9") and a witness. The document (8.5 x 13 inches) displays three horizontal folds and a light diagonal crease in the upper left corner. In Excellent condition overall. The document is accompanied by two separate letters, each dated January 26, 1916, from C. R. Latham, who was the Cubs attorney. Bresnahan signed two separate three-year contracts with the Cubs at the start of the 1915 season, one for his services as a player and the other for his services as a manager. As noted in the letter from the attorney, there was ambiguity in the wording of each contract regarding his termination, which made it possible that the club could be responsible for his managerial salary for the next two years. The letters (a one-page letter and a four-page letter) from the attorney outline his thoughts on the matter. Obviously, as evidenced by the agreement signed by Bresnahan, the two parties agreed on a settlement and parted ways amicably. The letters (8.5 x 11 inches, Vg) are accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Also present is a Chicago Federal League envelope that once housed the Bresnahan document. Bresnahan was one of the game's top catchers during the early 1900s, with his best years coming as a member of the New York Giants. Bresnahan's final three seasons in the Major Leagues (1913-1915) were spent with the Cubs. Bresnahan died in 1944 and wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1945, which has resulted in the scarcity of his signature today. This lot originates from the extraordinary collection of a longtime Chicago Cubs executive, Eldred "Salty" Saltwell, which is consigned to this auction by his family. The collection, which includes a remarkable array of contracts, checks, and other related documents and mementos, will be presented over a series of auctions and will offer publicly for the first time many significant items spanning decades of Chicago baseball. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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