Contract, signed “Mickey C. Mantle,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, February 23, 1953. American League uniform player's contract in which Mickey Mantle agrees to render "skilled services as a baseball player during the year 1953" for the New York Yankees, for a salary of $17,500. Signed at the conclusion by Mantle, who adds his hometown of "Commerce, Okla.," and countersigned by New York Yankees General Manager George Weiss. In fine condition.
Nicknamed 'The Commerce Comet,' Mickey Mantle broke into the big leagues with the New York Yankees as a 19-year-old in 1951, and quickly established himself as a star in the outfield. He moved to center field in 1952 to replace the retired Joe DiMaggio, and managed to capably fill his shoes—Mantle made his first All-Star team and hit .311 with 23 homers during the '52 campaign, leading the Bronx Bombers to their fourth consecutive World Series championship. He would do the same in 1953 after signing this contract in the offseason, helping to firmly establish the Yankees legacy with their fifth consecutive World Series victory, a record which still exists today. As one of Mantle's early Yankees contracts from a World Series season, this is an absolutely spectacular, museum-quality piece.
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