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    1951 Gil Hodges Signed General Electric Advertising Contract. Signed in June of 1951 - months before the weight of Bobby Thomson's bat crushed the souls of the Brooklyn faithful - Gil Hodges signed this advertising contract with General Electric/Maxon Inc. which allowed the companies to use his likeness in advertising the coming fall.

    The last line of the contract - "I shall not receive any further compensation, unless I appear in the 1951 World Series" - becomes all the more painful when considering the Dodgers blew a thirteen-game lead in the pennant race late in the '51 season.

    Signed in solid blue ink by Hodges, the baseball lifer has also included the notation of "Brooklyn Dodgers" below his name. Moderate wear exhibited to the thin paper contract with a repaired tear in the right edge and two hole punches at the top. Pre-Certified

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