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1926 Rogers Hornsby Signed Wilson Glove-Endorsement Contract
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,067
Two-page contract, dated August 2, 1926, between Rogers Hornsby and the Wilson-Western Sporting Goods Company, signed in black fountain pen by "Rogers Hornsby" (grading "10), "L. B. Icely" ("9"), president of the Wilson-Western Sporting Goods Company, and a witness. The official Wilson seal appears in the lower left corner of the second page. This agreement grants Wilson the "exclusive right and license to manufacture, sell, and advertise baseball gloves identified by the name, facsimile signature, initials, and/or portrait of said Hornsby, and/or any nicknames which may be properly applied to said Hornsby." In return, Hornsby is to receive a payment of $1,000, which is an advance on the royalties he is to receive from the sale of the gloves. Said royalty amounts to $1.50 per dozen gloves sold by Wilson. It is also understood that Hornsby will approve of, and use, the gloves sold by Wilson under the agreement and that the contract will remain in force for a period of five years, with an automatic option for a five-year renewal by Wilson if it so desires. The Wilson Sporting Goods Company, which was founded in 1913, was only known by the name Western-Wilson Sporting Goods Company between the years 1925 and 1931, after which it shortened its name to Wilson Sporting Goods Company. This was probably a lucrative deal for Hornsby, as the Wilson Rogers Hornsby model glove was a top seller for years. The company probably could not have selected a better player to endorse its product at the time. Hornsby was the National League batting champion in each of the six prior seasons, including three in which hit over .400 and two in which he won the Triple Crown. Hornsby was player/manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1926, and led the club to its first World Championship in franchise history when they defeated the Yankees in a thrilling seven-game World Series. He retired in 1937 with the second-highest lifetime average (.358) in history. The contract (8 x 12.25 inches) displays three horizontal folds and two notebook holes along the top which have been torn through; otherwise in Excellent condition. The pages of the contract have each been individually matted alongside a modern print of Hornsby and framed to total dimensions of 31 x 20.25 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,067
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