1935 New York Yankees contract for Clifford Melton signed by Hall of Famer Will Harridge and HOFer Ed Barrow who has signed owner Jacob Ruppert’s name, not his own.

Partly Printed Document Signed “Clifford G. Melton / Black Mountain, N.C.” [New York], April 2, 1935, four pages, 8.5” x 11”, on two conjoined sheets, front and verso. Completed by typewriter and manuscript. Signed on filing portion “William Harridge” as American League President and above Brown’s signature “Jacob Ruppert” 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 Cliff Melton (1912-1986) signed this $2,400 New York Yankees contract for 1935 but he never played for the Yankees. He spent 1935 compiling a 10-16 record for Yankee farm teams in Binghamton, Newark, and Baltimore. In 1936, Melton went 20-16 for the International League Baltimore Orioles and was purchased by the New York Giants where he made his major league debut in 1937. With fellow southpaw Carl Hubbell (22-8), rookie Cliff Melton (20-9) led the Giants to the 1937 World Series against the team that had signed him two years earlier. In Game 5, Joe DiMaggio hit his first-ever post-season home run off Melton as the Yankees won the 1937 World Series 4 games to 1.

From BaseballLibrary.com about Cliff Melton: “Friends dubbed the guitar-playing balladeer from the hills of North Carolina ‘Mountain Music.’ Others taunted the gentle, 6'5" giant because of his large, floppy ears [he was also nicknamed “Mickey Mouse”]. He blew a chance with the Yankees when he couldn't ignore the Cubs’ Gabby Hartnett’s needling during an exhibition game. After Melton was returned to Baltimore, GM Jack Ogden gave him a bonus every time he went after his tormentors. Twice, the huge lefthander charged into enemy dugouts.”

Item: 52427

Price: $500.00
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