Hugh Casey (D.1951) Signed AUTO 1936 Chicago Cubs Baseball Contract w/ Phillip Wrigley

Hugh Casey (D. 1951 at age 37) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Chicago Cubs (1935), the Brooklyn Dodgers (1939–42 and 1946–48), the Pittsburgh Pirates (1949), and the New York Yankees (1949).

Casey began his professional baseball career with the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association, at the age of 18. After going 13–14 for Memphis in 1938, he was drafted by the Dodgers. He pitched effectively for the next four seasons, but his career is best known for an alleged wild pitch that he threw in the ninth inning of Game 4 in the 1941 World Series, which precipitated a Yankee rally. Catcher Mickey Owen thought that the pitch was a spitball; Casey always swore it wasn't. Officially the play was recorded as a passed ball. Brooklyn lost the game and, eventually, the series. Casey went 0–2.

In January 1943, Casey entered the Navy. He was discharged in December 1945. Upon his return to Brooklyn, he had two good seasons in 1946 and 1947. In 1947, he led the National League in saves for the second time. He pitched well in that year's World Series as well, going 2–0 with a save, but the Dodgers lost in seven games.

Like many of the colorful Dodger players during that era, Casey had his share of adventure. One story recounts a time that he sparred with writer Ernest Hemingway in Hemingway's house.

Casey's major league career ended in 1949. He went 10–4 for his old team, the Crackers, in 1950; Atlanta won the pennant.

Towards the end of his life, Casey ran a restaurant in Brooklyn.

On July 3, 1951, Casey died in Atlanta, by a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the neck while his estranged wife was pleading with him on the phone. Casey was upset that he had recently been named as the father of child by another woman in a paternity suit. He was 37 years old

MLB statistics
Win–loss record
Earned run average
•    Chicago Cubs (1935)
•    Brooklyn Dodgers (1939–1942, 1946–1948)
•    Pittsburgh Pirates (1949)
•    New York Yankees (1949)

Career highlights and awards
•    Led National League in saves twice (1942 and 1947)
•    National League pennant: 1935, 1941, 1947
•    American League pennant: 1949

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, Hugh Casey was paid $3250  for the 1936 season.  The contract has been hand signed by both Hugh Casey and Phillip K Wrigley.  NL president Ford Frick’s signature has been signed by proxy (i.e. secretarial).

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Hugh Casey (D.1951) Signed AUTO 1936 Chicago Cubs Baseball Contract w/ Phillip Wrigley