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Item 9007 - Wilbert Hod Ford 1925-26 Brooklyn Robins Signed Player Contract with Wilbert Robinson Catalog 542 (Feb 2019)

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Estimate: $750.00 +
Sold Price: $1,252.80 (includes buyer's premium)


Contract, signed “Wilbert Robinson, Jr.,” and “Horace H. Ford,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, May 17, 1925. National League uniform player's contract in which Horace 'Hod' Ford agrees to render "skilled services during the playing seasons of 1925 and 1926" for the Brooklyn Robins, for an aggregate salary of $6,500 per season. Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by both Robinson and Ford, and countersigned by Robins owner and president Stephen McKeever. In fine condition.

The ownership of the Brooklyn Robins traded hands in quick succession in the spring of 1925. Majority owner and team president Charles Ebbets became severely ill after returning home from spring training and died on the morning of April 18. Vice President Ed McKeever took over duties as president, but he too fell ill, ironically at Ebbets' funeral, and died within a week of pneumonia. His older brother, Stephen McKeever, then became the principal owner and acting team president, serving in the latter role until Wilbert Robinson was elected team president on May 25, 1925. Robinson died in 1934, leaving a dearth of signed items available to the hobby. He was an early enshrinee to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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