19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 27,500
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
ROSS YOUNGS SIGNED CONTRACT
A National League player contract dated January 15, 1917, between Hall of Famer Ross “Pep” Youngs (1897-1927) and the New York Giants for $1,200 for the season. Youngs made his major league debut on September 26th, 1917, marking the beginning of his 10 year Hall of Fame career which was tragically cut short due to Bright’s Disease. The contract was mistakenly made out to Ross Young rather than Ross Youngs, which explains why the then 19 year-old outfielder signed Ross Young in sepia ink. Countersigned and witnessed by H.C. Middlebrook and Geo. W. Walker. Accompanied by a letter from New York Giants Secretary John B. Foster to Youngs, forwarding him his signed copy of the contract and the note ...In due time you will be advised when to report to Marlin for Spring Training. I am quite sure Manager McGraw will look forward to your coming with some interest as he has heard good reports about you from Texas.
Contract 8 1/2 x 14 in.
Letter 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.
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