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1925 New York Yankees Check Signed by Barrow and Ruppert to Ban Johnson!
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $470
New York Yankees company check, dated August 13, 1925, signed by team owner Jacob Ruppert and countersigned by team general manager Ed Barrow. This particular check is especially noteworthy as it is payable to American League president Ban Johnson! This is the first Yankees check (or check of any type) that we have ever seen linking these three legendary baseball luminaries. The check, drawn on the Yorkville Bank of New York, is made out to "B. B. Johnson, Treasurer" in the amount of $666.87 and has been signed in black fountain pen (grading "10") by "Jacob Ruppert." The check has also been signed in black fountain pen ("10") by "E. G. Barrow" along the left border. A stamped endorsement, which reads in part "B. B. Johnson, Treas. American League Professional Base Ball Clubs," appears on the reverse. As further noted on the reverse, the check amount reflects the League's share of the Yankees' gate receipts for the dates of August 9th, 11th, 12th, and 13th. The Yankees were finishing up a long seventeen-game home stand on the aforementioned dates (there was no game on August 13th). The games, which took place on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, were all against the White Sox, who took two of three from the Yankees. A noteworthy happening in the series took place on August 9th, when Babe Ruth was called back to the dugout and replaced by pinch hitter Bobby Veach. Manager Miller Huggins stated after the game that Ruth was replaced due to injury, but there may have been more to it than that. Just two weeks later the two almost came to blows after Huggins fined Ruth $5,000 and suspended him indefinitely for arriving late at the ballpark. The next day Ruth appealed to both Ruppert and Barrow, but both steadfastly supported Huggins in the dispute. Ruth did not return to the team until September 6th, but only after he apologized to Huggins in front of the entire team. The check (9 x 3.25 inches), which displays normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations, is in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $470
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