1955 Cleveland Indians Player Contract Signed Twice by Hank Greenberg

Sold For: $360

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1734

Item Year: 1955

Category: Baseball Contracts

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Four-page fold-over contract, dated March 5, 1955, between Edwin Gasque and the Cleveland Baseball Company, signed in blue ink by "William Wight" (grading "10") and "Hank Greenberg" ("10") as general manager. Greenberg also signed the contract a second time in blue ink (“10”) on the final page in acknowledgment of the contract being assigned to the Baltimore Orioles on July 13, 1955. The two William Harridge signatures on this document are stamped facsimiles. The one-year contract, for the 1955 season, calls for Wight to receive an annual salary of $10,500. Wight, a journeyman pitcher who played in the majors for twelve seasons (1946-1958), appeared in only seventeen games with the Indians in 1955 before he was traded to the Orioles for Hoot Evers. The appeal of this contract, of course, is the signature of Hank Greenberg, who was one of the game's greatest sluggers. After retirement Greenberg was hired as a Cleveland scout by Bill Veeck. In 1950 he was promoted to general manager, a position he held for eight seasons before joining Veeck once again as an executive with the Chicago White Sox in 1958. Greenberg was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds, staple holes in the upper left corner, and two notebook holes along the left border; otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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