Four-page fold-over contract, dated April 5, 1932, between Lefty Gomez and the American League Base Ball Club of New York, signed in black fountain pen by both "Vernon Gomez" (grading "10") and Jacob Ruppert ("10"), owner of the Yankees (Ruppert's signature has been penned by Ed Barrow, general manager of the club; a common practice at the time). Also signed in black fountain pen ("9") by William Harridge in his capacity as American League president. The one-year agreement, for the 1932 season, calls for Gomez to receive a yearly salary of $7,500. Although Gomez was only in his second full season with the Yankees in 1932, he had already clearly established himself as the club’s mound ace. Gomez won 21 games in 1931 and followed that up winning 24 in 1932, which helped lead the Yankees to their first World Championship of the decade. For the next nine seasons he remained one of the team's top pitchers, leading the club to four additional World Championships over that span. He was also the starting pitcher for the American League in the first All-Star Game in 1933. Gomez finished his career with 182 wins and a lifetime ERA of 3.34. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players, especially those dating from their playing careers are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is just the second Lefty Gomez New York Yankees contract we have offered and we can recall having seen only two others at public auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is in Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
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