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1928 St. Louis Cardinals Uniform Player's Contract Signed by Branch Rickey - Full JSA

Lot Number 844

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A shrewd executive and innovator on several fronts, Hall of Famer Branch Rickey is credited with breaking baseball’s color barrier but also was responsible for the introductions of the batting helmet and minor league “farm” system. The offered 1928 St. Louis Cardinals contract was signed by Rickey and drawn up for former utility man Danny Clark. The four-page “Uniform Player’s Contract” features fine-print text detailing categories such as “Salary,” “Loyalty” and “Agreements and Rules” with typewritten notations of the parties, date and “4,000” annual stipend. Completed on January 23, 1928, the contract was signed at its conclusion by both parties. Rickey signed in blue-ink steel-tip fountain pen, while Clark signed in black ink. With amazing strength and clarity, both resonate (“9-10”) quality. Clark, incidentally, didn't play with the parent club in '28, but spent that season with the International League’s Baltimore Orioles under the guidance of another famous executive, Jack Dunn. The item has normal compacting folds which have resulted in areas of minor separation, none of which affect the stunning signatures. Full photo LOA from JSA.

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