JACOB "COLONEL" RUPPERT JR. - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/15/1924 CO-SIGNED BY: AARON L. WARD, EDWARD G. BARROW - HFSID 101503
Sale Price $765.00
NEW YORK YANKEES: 1924.
Check signed by the Hall of Famer as President of the New York Yankees.
Partly Printed Check signed: "Jacob Rupert" as President and "E.G. Barrow" as Secretary, 8¾x3½. New York, 1924 July 15. Drawn on the account of The American League Base Ball Club of New York, Inc., at the Yorkville Bank for $905.33 payable to Aaron L. Ward. Endorsed on verso: "Aaron Ward". Typed on verso: "Salary to July 15th/905 33". JACOB RUPPERT, JR. represented New York in Congress from 1899-1907. On December 31, 1914, Ruppert purchased and became president of the New York Yankees, serving in that capacity until his death in New York City, January 13, 1939. At the time, the Yankees were one of the weaker teams in the AL. Colonel Ruppert, an honorary appointment in the state's National Guard, hired Miller Huggins to manage the Yankees in 1917, acquired Babe Ruth in 1919 and hired Ed Barrow as General Manager in 1920. It was Ruppert who designed the Yankees' pinstripe uniforms hoping it would make Babe Ruth look slimmer. In 1923, Yankee Stadium opened. By the time of Ruppert's death in 1939, the Yankees were firmly established as baseball's most successful franchise. In 2012, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. EDWARD G. BARROW (1863-1953) was the business manager (1921-1939) and President (1939-1945) of the New York Yankees. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the veterans committee (1953). AARON WARD (1896-1961) played all four infield positions for the New York Yankees (1917-1926) and infield for the Chicago White Sox in 1927 and Cleveland Indians in 1928. In the 1923 World Series, Ward batted .417, leading the Yankees with 10 hits in defeating the New York Giants for the first Yankees World Championship. Fold, not at signatures. Fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 29½x17½.
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