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1935 New York Yankees contract for Vito Tamulis signed by Hall of Famer Will Harridge and initialed by HOFer Ed Barrow who has signed owner Jacob Ruppert’s name.

Partly Printed Document Signed “Vito Tamulis / 132 Bowen Street. / So. Boston, Mass.” Witnessed by “Isabella Tamulis.” [New York], April 2, 1935, four pages, 8.5” x 11”, on two conjoined sheets, front and verso. Completed by typewriter. Signed on filing portion “William Harridge” as American League President and above Brown’s signature “Jacob Ruppert (B)” by Edward Barrow, Yankees Business Manager. Fine condition.

Will Harridge (1883-1971), A.L. President from 1931-1958, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Edward Barrow (1868-1953), was inducted into the Baseball HOF in 1953. As Business Manager from 1920-1945, Barrow’s Yankees won 14 American League pennants and 10 World Series.

Southpaw Vitautris Casimirus Tamulis (1911-1974) began his major league career with the New York Yankees on September 25, 1934, hurling 5-0 shutout in Philadelphia against Connie Macks’ Athletics. Vito allowed just seven singles. Lou Gehrig hit his 48th home run of the season. In 1934, Gehrig won his only Triple Crown, leading the major leagues in home runs (49), batting average (.363), and RBIs (165). After the 1934 season, Babe Ruth signed as a free agent with the Boston Braves.

From BaseballLibrary.com about Vito Tamulis: “The fun-loving junkballer couldn't stick with the staid Yankees despite a 10-5 rookie 1935 season [for which he was paid $3000 according to this contract]. He landed in Brooklyn, where fans loved his encounters with Cardinals slugger Johnny Mize. Tamulis would come halfway to the plate, telling Mize he would strike him out with his rainbow change. Mize would often take futile swings at the floater.”


Item: 52426

Price: $500.00
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