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Hall of Famer Billy Southworth Trade Contract

Lot Number 1064

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Offered is the contract between the Cardinals and Giants that traded Hall of Famer Billy Southworth for Heinie Mueller. The contract is signed by three men, Sam Breadan, Charles Stoneham and James Tierney. All three signatures are crisp and grade in the ("8-9") range. The piece comes with a full photo LOA from JSA. Please visit our website for additional information.

This is the trade agreement trading Billy Southworth (newest member of the HOF) from the NY Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1926 for Clarence (Heinie) Mueller. Although neither of the players signed the agreement (as players did not have any say on whether they were traded or not). It has been signed by Sam Breadon (D. 1949) who was the owner of the Cardinals from 1920 through 1947. During that time, the Cardinals rose from languishing as one of the National League's doormats to a premier power in baseball, winning nine NL pennants and six World Series championships. Also signed by Giants owner, Charles Stoneham (d. 1936). Stoneham was always surrounded by controversy. He had a close business relationship with Arnold Rothstein, a notorious organized crime boss who ran numerous gambling operations. Rothstein, best known for fixing the 1919 World Series, brokered Stoneham's purchase of the New York Giants baseball team in 1919. He also co-owned a billiard parlour with Stoneham's right hand man, Giants manager John McGraw. In 1919, Stoneham purchased the New York Giants baseball team one million dollars. He would own the team until his death in 1936, passing it to his son Horace Stoneham. During his tenure as owner, Stoneham saw the Giants win the World Series in 1921, 1922 and 1933. Stoneham was also involved in the aborted move of the New York Yankees to Boston in 1920. He was also a key player in the beginning of professional soccer. Also signed by James J. Tierney (the Secretary for the NY Giants). One of a kind and historical. 
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