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1959 Warren Spahn Milwaukee Braves Contract
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,962.50
Four-page fold-over contract, dated February 19, 1959, between Warren Spahn and the National League Baseball Club of Milwaukee, Inc., signed in blue ink by both "Warren E. Spahn" (grading "10") and "George R. Tebbetts" ("9"), executive vice president of the club. The signature of National League president Warren Giles is an ink stamp. The one-year agreement calls for Spahn to receive a salary of $72,500. Spahn tied for the league lead in wins with teammate Lew Burdette in 1959, finishing the year with a record of 21-15 with a 2.96 ERA. Spahn won twenty or more games on twelve separate occasions and led the National League in wins eight times. His 363 wins place him sixth on the all-time list and are the most by any left-handed pitcher. A former Cy Young Award winner (the award was first issued in 1956, twelve years after his career began) and fourteen-time All-Star, Spahn was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players, especially those dating from their respective playing careers, are rare. This is the first Spahn contract we have ever offered; however, we have seen a number of other examples at public auction over the years. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,962.50
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