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Collection of unsigned player contracts with the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League with prominent Negro Leaguer Wilmer Fields.  In addition to the Negro Leagues, the Virginia native played baseball in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, but was unable to play Major League Baseball in the United States because his skin wasn't the right color.  This did not, however, stop him from dominating as a pitcher and hitter, winning MVP awards in the Puerto Rico Baseball league in 1948-49, the Venezuela league in 1951-52, the Columbian League in 1954-55, and the National Baseball Congress in 1956.  Inducted into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, his family and fans still wait for that honor in the country where he was born.

Grouping of five of Fields' contracts, multi-part forms that are unsigned by fields but still historically significant.  The collection includes the following: 1) 1948-49 Contract: An MVP Season for Fields, the contract called for $150 per week salary, plus room, board and expenses to travel to and from Puerto Rico.  2-part agreement has been filled out by a representative of Indios de Mayaguez, his Puerto Rican League team.  VG/EX condition with some folds and some wrinkles.  2) 1948-49 Contract: Second contract, a single four-page agreement calling for the same compensation as #1 above, VG/EX condition with some folds and wrinkles.  3) 1951-52 Contract: Also with the Mayaguez team, this example calling for a $175 weekly salary plus expenses.  GOOD condition with a few minor tears at the folds, a single, four-page agreement.  4) 1951-52 Contract: With terms identical to above, two-part agreement has been filled out by a representative but is, as with the others, unsigned.  VG/EX condition, minor folds and wrinkles, with an indentation from a paper clip in the upper-left corner.  5) 1951-52 Contract: Similar to the above, single-part, two-page agreement, some minor wrinkles with light staining and a lower-right corner clip, paper clip indentation in the upper-left.  Five unsigned contracts total.

1948-1952 Wilmer Fields (HOF) Puerto Rican Unsigned Contract Collection (5)1948-1952 Wilmer Fields (HOF) Puerto Rican Unsigned Contract Collection (5)1948-1952 Wilmer Fields (HOF) Puerto Rican Unsigned Contract Collection (5)
1948-1952 Wilmer Fields (HOF) Puerto Rican Unsigned Contract Collection (5)
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Auction closed on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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