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1921 Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals Contract

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $10,575

Four-page fold-over contract, dated February 23, 1921, between Rogers Hornsby and the St. Louis National Baseball Club, signed in black fountain pen by both "Rogers Hornsby" (grading "10") and "Sam Breadon" ("9"), president of the club. The stamped facsimile signature of National League president John Heydler also appears on the contract. The one-year agreement, for the 1921 season, calls for Hornsby to receive a salary of $10,000. If anyone doubted who the best hitter in the National League was at the time, Hornsby's 1921 season put all arguments to rest. Hornsby captured his second consecutive batting title by virtue of his .397 average and also led the league in hits (235), runs (131), doubles (44), triples (18), RBI (126), on-base percentage (.458), and slugging percentage (.639). Hornsby was the greatest right-handed hitter who ever lived and is one of only two modern-day players to bat over .400 in a season three times (Ty Cobb is the other). Included among his many achievements are seven batting titles, two Triple Crowns, and a .358 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1942. Baseball contracts of Hall of Fame players, especially those dating from their respective playing careers, are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is the first Hornsby contract we have ever offered and we have only seen two other examples (one of which was 1933, the other a later manager's contract). This is an extraordinary early contract dating from the peak of the career of one of baseball's greatest legends. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds along the lengths of which are tears that have been repaired with clear tape. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $10,575


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