Bob Lemon

Bob Lemon autograph
Birthdate 9/22/1920
Death Date 1/11/2000
Debut Year 1938
Year of Induction 1976
Teams Indians, Royals, White Sox, Yankees
Positions Manager, Pitcher

From 1948-1956 Bob Lemon averaged 20 wins per season and appeared in seven All Star games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.

In the collection:

Original lineup card from Game 2 of 1981 World Series

Original lineup card from Game 2 of 1981 World Series

Bob Lemon won 207 games in his 13-year playing career, earning induction into the Hall of Fame in 1976. Lemon also managed three clubs in nine seasons including the pennant-winning Yankees of 1978 and 1981. In the collection is the
Bob Lemon autograph card as manager of the Yankees

Bob Lemon autograph card as manager of the Yankees

Lemon’s tenure with the Yankees started after George Steinbrenner fired manager Billy Martin midway through the 1978 season after leading the team to 100 wins and a World Series title in 1977. Lemon’s steady leadership was just what the Yankees needed as they finished
1955 Bowman autographed card of Bob Lemon

1955 Bowman autographed card of Bob Lemon

Bowman put out this baseball card in 1955, a year in which Bob Lemon led American League pitchers in wins. Lemon led the AL in that category three times. The seven-time All Star was a model of durability, leading the league in starts four times, and batters faced in five seasons.
Page 1 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

Page 1 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

The first page of the Uniform Player’s Contract calls for Lemon to make $30,000 for the 1958 season. In it is the “Loyalty Clause” which states, “The player agrees to perform his services hereunder diligently and faithfully, to keep himself in first-class physical condition, and to obey the
Page 2 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

Page 2 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

The second page of the deal stipulates that the club may terminate the contract if the player shall at any time, “fail, refuse, or neglect to conform his personal conduct of good citizenship and good sportsmanship, or keep himself in first class condition.” It also puts forth that the agreement
Page 3 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

Page 3 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

The third page of the standard four-page document holds the signature of Frank Lane in his position as General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. As this was Lemon’s personal copy, there are no additional signatures beyond that of Lane. Generally the club sent two contracts, one for the player to s
Page 4 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

Page 4 of Lemon's 1958 player's contract

The final page of the contract contains more legal stipulations for both the pitcher and the team. This would be Lemon’s final contract for his last year as a Major League player. He finished with 207 wins and a 3.23 ERA. Eighteen years later Lemon would be given baseball’s highest honor wh
Bob Lemon's 1953 Indians contract

Bob Lemon's 1953 Indians contract

As was the custom during contract negotiations, the Indians sent this contract to Bob Lemon in hopes he’d agree to play the 1953 season for $40,000. Very similar to Lemon’s contract above from five years earlier, Lemon also rejected the terms of this deal, instead signing for $45,000. Le
Signature page of Bob Lemon's 1953 contract featuring HoFer Hank Greenberg

Signature page of Bob Lemon's 1953 contract featuring HoFer Hank Greenberg

Though Bob Lemon never signed the contract, Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg did in his capacity as Indians’ general manager. A nice association piece for the to Cooperstown compadres, this piece originated from Bob Lemon’s estate.

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