1930s and 1940s Puerto Rican League Contract Collection (4)

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1538

Item Year: 1940

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Collection of four Puerto-Rican League baseball contracts, spanning the years 1939-1948, each issued to a different Negro League player. 1) Leonard Pearson (1918-1980). Four-page fold-over contract between Leonard Pearson and the Humacao Base Ball Club, undated, signed in black fountain pen (grading "10") by "Leonard C. Pearson" and in blue ink by the club president, two witnesses, and the League president (on the front cover). The one-year agreement, for the 1939-1940 season, calls for Pearson to receive a salary of $20 per week. Pearson starred with the Newark Eagles from 1937 to 1948, before finishing his career in the minors following Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier in 1947. A strong hitter, Pearson was one of the "Big Four" sluggers who helped lead Newark to the Negro League Championship in 1946. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays punched notebook holes along the top border, toning, fold lines, and a number of moderate creases and small edge tears. In Very Good condition overall. 2) John Lyles (1912-1991). Four-page fold-over contract between John Lyles and the Ponce Base Ball Club, Inc., dated October 2, 1939, signed in blue fountain pen ("10") by "John Lyles" and in black fountain pen by the president of the club and the president of the league (on the front cover). The one-year agreement, for the 1939-1940 season calls for Lyles to receive a salary of $35 per week. Lyles was a versatile player who starred for a number of Negro League teams during his 12-year career (1932-1943), including the Indianapolis ABCs, the Homestead Grays, Cleveland Bears, St. Louis Stars, and Chicago American Giants. he contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays punched notebook holes, and a small tear in the center of the first page. In Very Good condition overall. 3) Henry McHenry (1910-1981). Four-page fold-over contract between Henry McHenry and the Mayaguez Base Ball Club, dated September 26, 1941, signed in black fountain pen ("10") by "Henry McHenry," the president of the club, two witnesses, and the president of the league (on the front cover). The agreement (no time frame specified, but almost certainly for the 1941-1942 season) calls for McHenry to receive a salary of $40 per week. McHenry, who was one of the top pitchers in the Negro Leagues for a number of years, enjoyed a lengthy 21-year career (1930-1950), most notably with the Philadelphia Stars. McHenry was the ace of the Stars during the early 1940s and he appeared in the 1940 and 1941 East-West All-Star Games, starting and winning the 1940 game. He was also a member of the Negro American League Champion Kansas City Monarchs in 1937. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays punched notebook holes and rust stains (from a former binding clip) along the top border, fold lines, and a few small areas of light discoloration. In Very Good condition overall. 4) Bob Romby (1918-2004). Four-page fold-over contract between Bob Romby and the Aguadilla Base Ball Club, dated September 30, 1947, signed in black fountain pen ("10") by "Bob Romby" and in green fountain pen twice by the president of the club. (The signature of the League president appears to be a stamped facsimile.) The one-year agreement, for the 1947-1948 season calls for Romby to receive a salary of $125 per week. Romby enjoyed a 5-year career (1946-1950) in the Negro Leagues, all of which were spent with the Baltimore Elite Giants. A left-handed pitcher, whose best pitch was a curve ball, Romby posted mostly winning records during his tenure with the Elite Giants. In 1947 he was selected to participate in the East-West All-Star Game, but only made a pinch-hit appearance in the game. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays punched notebook holes along the top border and fold lines. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 4 contracts. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).


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