Curt Davis (D.1965) Signed AUTO 1936 Chicago Cubs Baseball Contract w/ John Seys (D1938)

Curtis Benton Davis (September 7, 1903 – October 12, 1965) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Even though he did not reach the big leagues until he was 30, the right-hander was a two-time National League All-Star over a 13-year career spread among the Phillies (1934–36), Chicago Cubs (1935–37), St. Louis Cardinals (1938–40), and Brooklyn Dodgers (1940–46).

The Greenfield, Missouri, native had quite a list of accomplishments, including winning 19 games as a rookie, 22 wins in 1939, eleven double-digit victory seasons, and pitching in the 1941 World Series. He had excellent control, leading the NL in BB/9IP in 1938 and 1941, and finishing in the top ten in the league ten times.

Davis was drafted on October 2, 1933, by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals in the 1933 rule V draft. Nicknamed "Coonskin”, Davis was later one of the Cubs players involved in a 1938 trade which brought future Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean over from the Cardinals. Other top ten rankings for Davis include wins (4 times), winning percentage (4 times), ERA (4 times), H/9IP (3 times), WHIP (5 times), shutouts (5 times), saves (5 times), games finished (1 time), and oldest player (5 times). Career totals for 429 games pitched include a 158–131 record, 281 games started, 141 complete games, 24 shutouts, 111 games finished, 33 saves, and an ERA of 3.42 in 2325 innings pitched. An excellent hitter for a pitcher, Davis had a .203 career batting average (165-813) with 70 runs, 11 home runs and 81 RBI. He hit .300 (12-40) with the Cubs in 1937 and .381 (40-105) with 17 RBI with the Cardinals in 1939. After pitching one game in the 1946 season (April 28), he was released by Brooklyn three days later.

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).

John O. Seys (D. 1938) the Cubs Vice-President who had joined the Cubs in 1917/18 as their traveling secretary after being a sportswriter for the Chicago Daily News for 16 years prior to his jump to the Cubs.

Offered is an official Uniform Player’s Contract for the National League Cubs pitcher, Curt Davis.  He was paid $6566.10 for the 1936 season.  The contract has been hand signed by both Curt Davis & John Seys.  NL president Ford Frick’s signature has been signed by proxy (i.e. secretarial).

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Curt Davis (D.1965) Signed AUTO 1936 Chicago Cubs Baseball Contract w/ John Seys (D1938)