Lot #1074
Bob Gibson

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Estimate: $1500+

Description

Contract in Spanish, signed “Robert Gibson,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, October 20, 1961. Professional Baseball League of Puerto Rico contract in which “Bob Gibson, a native of the United States," agrees to "provide efficient and loyal services as a player during the 1961-1962" season for the Santurce baseball club, including the period of team training and all preseason and postseason games sponsored by the league for a monthly salary of $700. Signed on the second page in blue ballpoint by Gibson, and countersigned by the team's general manager and by an official of the Puerto Rico Baseball League. In very good to fine condition, with a small burn hole to first and second pages, in no way affecting the signature.

In Thomas E. Van Hyning’s book Puerto Rico’s Winter League: A History of Major League Baseball’s Launching Pad, he discusses Gibson’s time with Santurce: ‘Gibson pitched in Puerto Rico during the 1961-62 season and felt it enhanced his big league career. He faced Roberto Clemente, Jose Pagan, Frank Howard, Jim Rivera, Lee Maye and a host of others…Gibson started 19 regular-season and six postseason games for Santurce that winter. All he did in the postseason was go 5-0 to help Santurce win the league playoffs and the Interamerican Series.’

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #585 - Ended June 10, 2020





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