Lot # 1821: 1933 Burleigh Grimes Chicago Cubs Contract

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/23/2021 12:00 PM to
8/15/2021 9:00 PM

Official "Uniform Player's Contract" dated February 5, 1932, between Burleigh Grimes and the Chicago National League Ball Club. Signed on the interior in black fountain pen by "Burleigh A. Grimes" (grading "9"), team president "William L. Veeck" ("9"), and National League president John Heydler ("8"). The four-page agreement calls for Grimes to receive a salary of $20,000 for the 1933 season. Burleigh Grimes was the last legal spitball pitcher in the Majors. Through the use of his "spitter," Grimes reigned as one of the best pitchers in baseball during the 1920s, winning 20 or more games on five occasions, including league-leading totals in 1921 (22) and 1928 (25). Except for his two-month tenure with the Yankees in 1934, his entire career was spent in the National League. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. 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. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is in Excellent condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300.

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