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Ray Brown Signed 1941 Puerto Rico League Contract with Full PSA/DNA and Beckett - Very Rare!

Lot Number 823

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A durable and dominating mound presence, former Negro League great Ray Brown and his devastating curve ball were relatively obscured by segregation in professional baseball. Like many of his contemporaries, Brown performed wherever he was allowed. Thus, in addition to his lengthy All-Star tenure with the Homestead Grays (1932-1945), Brown helped power Sherbrooke to a Canadian Provincial League title, pitched a no-hitter for Santa Clara in the Cuban Winter League and pitched for teams in Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well. It was in the latter capacity that Brown signed this uniform player’s contract. Among the most desirable Negro League and Hall of Fame endorsements, this bold Brown example is even more enticing because of its medium. The thick-stock two-page item reads “Liga Semi-Profesional de Base-Ball de Puerto Rico” and features printed sections with headings including “Agreement, Salary, Loyalty, Services and Conditions.” Handwritten specifics include Brown’s “Ponce” suitor and “$60” per week salary. Dated “21st November 1941,” the binding document is signed on the appropriate line by Brown (d.1965) in steel tip fountain pen. The scripting is Graded 10 by Beckett and is accompanied by full photo LOAs from PSA/DNA and Beckett.

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