Clay Bryant Signed AUTO 1936 Chicago Cubs Baseball Contract w/ Phillip Wrigley

Clay Bryant (D. 1999) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1935 through 1940 for the Chicago Cubs. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 195 lb (88 kg), Bryant batted and threw right handed. He was born in Madison Heights, Virginia.

Bryant spent parts of six seasons in the Minor Legues before joining the Cubs in 1935. His most productive season came in 1938, when he won 19 games with a 3.10 earned run average and led the National League with 135 strikeouts, while pitching seven consecutive complete games, winning six of them in the first 25 days in September, to help the Cubs erase a nine-game deficit and capture an unlikely pennant.

Bryant went 32–20 with a 3.73 ERA in parts of six seasons for the Cubs. He began to experience elbow and shoulder pain, and this led to his retirement from baseball in 1940.

Bryant was an exceptionally good hitting pitcher in his six-year major league career, posting a .266 batting average (51-for-192), scoring 48 runs, with 5 home runs and 28 RBI.

Afterwards, Bryant was a longtime manager in the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system, and also served as a pitching coach for the Dodgers in 1961 and the Cleveland Indians in 1967 and 1974. He also was a roving pitching instructor in the Cleveland organization.

Bryant managed winter ball for the Leones del Caracas club of the Venezuelan League, guiding his team to the 1956–1957 pennant while advancing to the 1957 Caribbean Series.

Phillip Knight Wrigley (D. 1977) often called P. K. Wrigley, was an American chewing gum manufacturer and executive in Major League Baseball, inheriting both of those roles as the quiet son of his much more flamboyant father, William Wrigley Jr.  When his father died in 1932, Wrigley took over as the owner of the Chicago Cubs (which he owned until his death in 1977)

Offered is an official Uniform Player’s Contract for the National League – Chicago Cubs pitcher, Clay Bryant was paid $3750  for the 1936 season.  The contract has been hand signed by both Bryant and Phillip K Wrigley.  NL president Ford Frick’s signature has been signed by proxy (i.e. secretarial).

Historic piece of Cubs history!!!

Item: 12384

Price: $199.00
Clay Bryant Signed AUTO 1936 Chicago Cubs Baseball Contract w/ Phillip Wrigley