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Item 9015 - Ernie Lombardi 1931 Brooklyn Robins Signed Player Contract (Rookie Season) Catalog 542 (Feb 2019)

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Estimate: $1,000.00 +
Sold Price: $1,986.00 (includes buyer's premium)


Contract, signed “Ernest Lombardi,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, March 11, 1931. Ernie Lombardi's rookie contract, a National League uniform player's contract in which he agrees to render "skilled service as a baseball player in connection with all games of the Club during the year 1931" for the Brooklyn Robins, for an aggregate salary of $6,650. Signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Lombardi and countersigned by Brooklyn Robins President Frank B. York. The reverse bears a stamped signature of National League President John A. Heydler. In fine condition. Lombardi made his first Major League appearance for Brooklyn on April 15, 1931, going 2-2 at the plate and scoring a run in his successful debut. However, playing time was scarce due to Brooklyn's logjam at catcher—Hall of Famer Al Lopez was the starter, with expert game-caller Val Picinich as a backup. Manager Wilbert Robinson even considered converting the strong-armed Lombardi to pitcher, but ultimately traded him to the Reds before the 1932 season. Lombardi managed to hit .297 with four home runs in limited time during his rookie year with Brooklyn, and went on to flourish in Cincinnati as the premier offensive catcher of the era. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

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