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    1949 Joe DiMaggio Signed New York Yankees Contract. Historic contract marks the first time in baseball history a player had reached the six-figure mark. The handwritten "$100,000" on the first page of this Uniform Player's Contract was a story that dominated the sports pages throughout the early Spring, as fans wondered if even the great DiMaggio could justify such a paycheck.

    Though injuries limited DiMaggio's service to just seventy-six games, his first season playing fewer than 120, he also posted his best batting average (.346) since his historic 1941 campaign. And despite a weak Series against the club's perpetual October opponents, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Yankees began a five-year World Championship run never duplicated before or since.

    Flawless 10/10 black fountain pen ink signatures appear on page three from DiMaggio and fellow Hall of Famer George Weiss, who signs as VP of the ballclub. Original storage folds represent the entirety of condition issues, leaving the contract otherwise NRMT. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    Though they stood as warring Generals, like U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, on opposing sides of baseball's greatest rivalry, Ted Williams once admitted, "DiMaggio was the greatest all-around player I ever saw. His career cannot be summed up in numbers and awards. It might sound corny, but he had a profound and lasting impact on the country." During the 1940's there was no greater baseball hero than the Yankee Clipper, and arguably no more famous celebrity in any field of endeavor. Few figures are quite so assured an enduring position in twentieth century American history and, as such, the documents that follow are as worthy of placement within the Smithsonian Museum in Washington as in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Recently located in a forgotten archive of legal documents, the contracts presented in the lots that follow make their hobby debut here.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    1st-2nd Thursday-Friday
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