This glorious relic from days gone by is Jim Bottomly’s player contract from the 1927 season with the Cardinals, when he earned a healthy $10,000 for the season.
The first baseman on the Cardinals great teams of the 20’s and 30’s, Bottomly was a stalwart in the heart of the order, hitting for power, average and driving runs, particularly in clutch situations. It was Bottomly’s good looks that also led Cardinals owner Sam Breadon to begin the practice of Lady’s Day, since the handsome, always smiling first basemen was known to draw the fairer sex to the ball park. The practice quickly grew in popularity and became a sensation throughout the big leagues, as major league venues quickly became female friendly for the first time.
This glorious piece of baseball history features bold and vivid signatures from both Bottomly and Cardinals owner Sam Breadon. For the historian and collector of Hall of Fame signatures, it just doesn’t get any better than this.