Lot # 2212: 1917-1934 Chicago Cubs Miscellaneous Contract Collection (38) - Trainers, Scouts, and Groundskeepers Including "Pants" Rowland

Starting Bid: $100.00

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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

Collection of thirty-eight Chicago Cubs contract issued to trainers, scouts, and groundskeepers between the years 1920 and 1935. The most significant example is a 1934 scouting contract issued to Clarence "Pants" Rowland, who was the former manager of the 1917 World Champion Chicago White Sox. All the contracts have been signed by the respective employee, and all but one have been signed by a team executive (William Veeck is the official of record for nearly all the contracts). The contracts are typed on standard Chicago Cubs letterhead and include both one-page and two-page agreements. The signatures, scripted in black fountain pen, average "8." The contracts (8.5 x 11 inches) all display mailing folds and are in Very Good condition overall, with creasing and edge tears the most common flaws. Some of the contracts are multiyear agreements. For each individual represented here, we have noted his job title, the total number of contracts, and the range of years. The collection consists of the following: 1) King Brady (trainer, 4 contracts, 1917-1921). 2) Andy Lotshaw (trainer, 13 contracts, 1923-1935). 3) Robert Dorr (groundskeeper, 6 contracts, 1922-1933). 4) Jack Doyle (scout, 8 contracts, 1922-1934). 5) William Whitman (scout, 2 contracts, 1924 and 1926). 6) Pat Flaherty (scout, 2 contracts, 1926 and 1927). 7) Pat Donovan (scout, 1 contract, 1920). 8) William Bransfield (scout, 1 contract, 1922). 9) Clarence "Pants" Rowland (scout, 1 contract, 1934). 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. Total: 38 contracts. Reserve $100. Estimate (open).

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