Just as every player who ever suited up for an NFL game, "Slinging' Sammy" Baugh was required to put his "John Hancock" on a contract. One the true great quarterbacks in football history, Baugh was a was a 2X All-American and winner of two bowl games at TCU and a 2X NFL Champion and 6X First-Team All-Pro with Washington Redskins, the team he led on the field from its 1937 first season in DC, through 1952. Go long for this chance to own an incredible piece of pro football history with this original multi-signed document.
Presented is Sammy Baugh's 1952 final playing season "National Football League Standard Players Contract". This multi-signed, single page document remains in excellent condition and is signed at bottom by (5) with: Redskins team owner George Preston Marshall ("8-9", d.1969) on the "Witness" line, hand-dated "5/19/52"; Rosalie Raley ("8", presumably a Redskins office assistant) with the date "5/19/52" on the line below Marshall; NFL Commissioner Bert Bell ("9", d.1959) on the "Approved" line with the date "5/20/52"; longtime NFL player/coach/scout Herman Ball ("8-9", d.1999) on the "Club" line; and Sammy Baugh ("9-10", d.2008) on the "Player" line. Full photo LOA from JSA.
Stapled to the front of the contract is a page titled "Excerpts from By-Laws of the National Football League" in excellent condition. Also present are: 1.) the original mailing envelope with Redskins logo at top left, addressed simply as "Mr. Sam Baugh, Rotan, Texas", this mailer is attractive with deference to the right end being torn open, a 6-cent airmail stamp is postmark cancelled "5/21/52, Washington DC"; and 2.) a TLS from G.P. Marshall ("7") dated "5/21/52" on a crisp, clean single sheet of Redskins stationery, typed content reads "Dear Sam: Enclosed is your copy of your 1952 contract approved by The Commissioner. I suggest that you don't say anything about this until we make the release here. Best to all the family and looking forward to seeing you, I am Sincerely George Preston Marshall".