Sam Breadon

Birthdate 07/26/1876
Death Date 05/08/1948
Debut Year 1917
Year of Induction
Teams Cardinals
Position Owner

Some feel that Sam Breadon’s omission from the Hall is a glaring injustice. His teams won 9 National League pennants & 6 World Series titles.

In the collection:

Cover letter from Breadon to Stan Musial for 1943 contract

Cover letter from Breadon to Stan Musial for 1943 contract

As measured in wins and World Series titles, Sam Breadon is one of the most successful team owners in the history of baseball. Before Breadon arrived, the St. Louis Cardinals hadn’t finished above third place in more than a quarter century. After purchasing controlling interest in the St. Loui
Musial rejected the offer & sent back the contract unsigned; here is Breadon's response

Musial rejected the offer & sent back the contract unsigned; here is Breadon's response

Stan Musial felt the salary offer was not enough and sent the contract back unsigned. A clearly miffed Breadon scolds Musial in this correspondence. “We have had great outfielders on our ball club, including Hafey, Medwick, Terry Moore, and
The close of the second Breadon letter remains strong

The close of the second Breadon letter remains strong

In closing the letter, Breadon writes to Stan Musial, “Baseball is your business, as well as mine, and we must work together. The club is taking all the chances of a very uncertain season, and the players must cooperate or there will be no season.” Breadon then tells Musial he’s re
Breadon blasts Musial in the final letter

Breadon blasts Musial in the final letter

After Stan Musial again rejected the owner’s proposal, Breadon called the response, “a disappointment”. He tells Musial, “it is
Front and back of the envelope that enclosed the first letter.

Front and back of the envelope that enclosed the first letter.

This is the original envelope that Stan Musial received the offer. Notice the team logos on the front and back, and the postmarks. Breadon remains a strong candidate for induction into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Original envelope with March 3, 1943 postmark

Original envelope with March 3, 1943 postmark

Plenty of postage was required as this envelope housed the two-page letter and two copies of the contract the Breadon wanted Stan Musial to

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