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1947 Heinie Manush Pittsburgh Pirates Contract
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $588
Four-page fold-over contract, dated January 29, 1947, between Heinie Manush and the Pittsburgh Athletic Company (operating The Pittsburgh Baseball Club), signed in black fountain pen by “Henry E. Manush” (“10”) and in blue fountain pen by “H. Roy Hamey” (“10”), general manager of the club. A stamped facsimile signature of National League president Ford Frick also appears on the document. The one-year agreement, for the 1947 season (defined as the period from March 15, 1947 through September 15, 1947), employs Manush as a scout for the Pirates at a salary of $700 per month. Heinie Manush was one of top hitters of his era. He began his Major League career in 1923 with Detroit and he was fortunate enough to have Ty Cobb as his manager. Manush, like most young players at the time, tried to emulate Ruth by swinging for the fences on every pitch. Cobb, realizing that Manush would never be a top slugger, advised him to choke up on the bat in order to hit more line drives. Manush was a good student and by listening to Cobb he was able to hit over .300 on thirteen separate occasions, including ten seasons of .330 or better. He eventually finished his career with a .330 lifetime average. After his playing days, Manush managed in the minors and also worked as a scout for a number of clubs. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is not only the first Manush contract we have ever offered but the only one we have ever seen. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays three horizontal folds and a few moderate creases. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $588
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