THE NEW YORK YANKEES - CORPORATE MINUTES BOOK SIGNED CIRCA 1950 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE M. WEISS, DANIEL R. TOPPING, J. ARTHUR FRIEDLUND, DEL E. WEBB, WILLIAM A. HAMLIN, FREDERICK FARRAN, WILLIAM R. BADGER, GEORGE M. LANIER, EUGENE J. MARTIN, BRUCE HENRY, ROBERT A. BECKER, SIDNEY B. GORDON - HFSID 285770
Sale Price $4,037.50
1950: GEORGE M. WEISS
Corporate records of Amsterdam, New York Yankees farm team, including five signed by Weiss.
THE COMPLETE YANKEES CORPORATE RECORDS OF THE AMSTERDAM EXHIBITION COMPANY, INC. FROM THE MINUTES OF THEIR FIRST MEETING ON JANUARY 18, 1950 TO THEIR DISSOLUTION MEETING ON MAY 21, 1953. The Amsterdam Exhibition Company, Inc. owned the Class C Minor League team, the Amsterdam Rugmakers of the Canadian-American League. The team was organized in 1938. Because of WWII, no games were played during the years 1943-1945 due to the lack of players. Resuming play in 1946, the New York Yankees bought the team after the 1949 season. From 1950-1951, the Amsterdam Rugmakers were the Yankees farm team in the Canadian-American League. When the league disbanded after the 1951 season, so did the team. The Yankees continued ownership, finally dissolving the corporation in 1953. Included is a stock certificate signed: "George M. Weiss" as President of the Amsterdam Exhibition Co. and "J. Arthur Friedlund" as Secretary, certifying that "New York Yankees, Inc. is the owner of Two Hundred (200) No Par Value full paid and non assessable shares of the capital stock of Amsterdam Exhibition Co., Inc." Because the team was in the Canadian-American League and many games were played in Canada with receipts there being in Canadian dollars, it made sense for the Yankees to open a bank account in Canada. Three documents, each to The Bank of Nova Scotia in Quebec, Canada, each signed: "George M. Weiss" and "J. Arthur Friedlund", relating to a bank account opened by the Amsterdam Exhibition Co., Inc., are present. Also present is a document entitled: "Resolutions of the Corporate Board" opening a checking account at Montgomery County Trust Company, Amsterdam, New York. It is signed: "George M. Weiss" (twice, as President and Director), "J. Arthur Friedlund" as Secretary, "A.G. Lanier" as Treasurer, "Bruce Henry" and "Eugene J. Martin", team officers. Included is a notice relating to a meeting of the Board of Directors signed by all five Directors: "George M. Weiss", "D.R. Topping", "Del E. Webb", "R.A. Becker" and "J. Arthur Friedlund" as Directors. George Weiss, Dan Topping and Del Webb were the officers of the New York Yankees as well. It is rare to find team records of this type intact. The fact that it was a Yankees farm team makes it very desirable. THE YANKEES FARM SYSTEM HELPED THE TEAM BECOME THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE IN SPORTS HISTORY WITH 25 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE LAST 77 YEARS. WEISS IS IN THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. First flyleaf is loose. Worn, chipped edges on some pages. Some pages are shaded. Overall, fine condition.
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