19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 8,750
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
CHRISTY MATHEWSON SIGNED LETTER
Typewritten letter dated February 15th, 1924 signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson (1880-1925). The letter, written on Boston National League Base Ball Company stationary addresses Boston Braves infielder Ernie Padgett …sorry to hear that you are dissatisfied with the salary. You must admit that the increase mentioned in the contract sent you is very sizeable. However we do not wish to have any man under contract who feels that he is not receiving enough to live on… to get you started in the right direction I am enclosing a contract which calls for a still further increase to $2700. The letter is signed C. Mathewson in black ink as President.
8 1/2 x 11 in.
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