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1932 George Kelly Brooklyn Dodgers Contract - Final Season
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,233
Four-page fold-over contract, dated April 11, 1932, between George Kelly and the Brookyln National League Baseball Club, Inc., signed in black fountain pen by both "George L. Kelly" (grading "10") and "Frank B. York" ("9"), president of the club. The one-year agreement for the 1932 season calls for Kelly to receive a salary of $7,000. George "Highpockets" Kelly was one of the key members of the New York Giants 1921-1923 baseball dynasty, helping to lead the club to three pennants and two World Championships during that span. He was also one of the top fielding first basemen of the era, and he joined Frank Frisch, Dave Bancroft, and Heinie Groh in what many consider to be the best Giants infield of all time. Kelly batted over .300 for six consecutive seasons (1921-1926) and twice hit three home runs in one game. He also knocked in 100 or more runs four years in a row, capped by a League and career-high 136 in 1924. 1932 marked Kelly's final season in the Majors. Playing in his one-and-only season for Brooklyn, Kelly batted .243 with 4 home runs and 22 RBI in 64 games. He finished his career with a .297 lifetime average, 148 home runs, and 1,020 RBI. Kelly was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players, especially those dating from their respective playing careers (let alone dating from as early as 1932), are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is the first Kelly contract we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen another at public auction recently. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds, minor creases, and a few, extremely tiny areas of discoloration. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $2,233
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