Negro Leagues - (2) 1940 & 1949 HOFer Leon Day Signed Contracts For Puerto Rico Semi-Pro Baseball League (Aguadilla & Santurce Baseball Club)
Leon Day was a right-handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues. He played for many teams including the Baltimore Black Sox, the Brooklyn/Newark Eagles and the Baltimore Elite Giants.
"The Negro leagues' outstanding strikeout pitcher with a dominating fastball and wicked curve, quite Leon Day was a mainstay of the Newark pitching staff in the late 1930s and '40s. Also a superb contact hitter and speedy baserunner, Day was versatile enough to play second base or the outfield when he wasn't pitching. He spent tow years pitching on integrated Army teams during World War II, and in his first game back with the Eagles in 1946, he tossed a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Stars."
Day was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 by the Veterans Committee.
Presented are two of his "PLAYER'S CONTRACTS" from when he played in the winter Puerto Rico Semi-Pro Baseball League (Aguadilla Baseball Club & Santurce Baseball Club). From 1949-55, professional players began choosing to play in the league due to the level of competition and warm client during the winter. Players of the Negro leagues also preferred it due a lack of racism, as opposed to playing in the United States.
One of his contracts is from 1940 and the other is from 1949.
The 1940 contract is for the Aguadilla baseball club. The listed salary handwritten in is for $40 a week plus transportation and hotel boarding. The contract opens to the signature portion with a great black ink signature ("8-9") from Day, the President of the club and Witnesses. Day's home address is also listed. The Constitution of the League is also printed on the fold out portion. Top page has the League's stamping and signature endorsement.
Day really became an established star on the island shortly thereafter. In 1941, he fanned 19 batters in a single game.
The 1949 contract is from when Day was 30 years old. It is for the Santurce team. His salary since 1940 had gone up quite a bit on this one to $150 a week plus transportation and hotel boarding. This one opens top side and has Day's signature on the second page in blue ink ("9"). The second page has the League President's signature endorsements.
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