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Dan Reeves 1942 Signed Cleveland Rams Contract

Lot Number 351

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The face of the Rams in both Cleveland and Los Angeles for better than three decades, Hall of Fame executive Dan Reeves was instrumental in several key changes to the NFL, most notably making strides in racial integration, television coverage and expansion to the West Coast. The offered contract was signed by the revered former owner. This 8-1/2 x 11” National Football League “Uniform Player’s Contract” features pre-printed text detailing specifics and legalities, as well as typewritten notations of dates and contract principals. Drawn up in 1942, the contract promised Mississippi State product G.P. Harrison “$175” per game and was endorsed in black-ink fountain pen by Reeves (d.1971) on the appropriate line. Executed as “Daniel F. Reeves,” the penning shows (“9”) strength and clarity. The reverse is blank; there are (2) horizontal compacting folds and a tiny piece missing from the lower right corner. Full photo LOA from JSA.

Interestingly, the contract was never signed by Harrison, who had played one game for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1941 and was to appear in four games for the 1942 Detroit Lions.

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