Second baseman Tony Lazzeri broke in with the Yankees in 1926 and made an immediate impact. The rookie’s 117 RBI helped push New York to the World Series.
The Fall Classic was a familiar destination during Lazzeri’s 14-year big league career. He played in 7 championship tilts and came away with 5 rings.
Lazzeri enjoyed his finest campaign in 1929. He hit .354 with a .429 on-base percentage and a .561 slugging mark. The 5’11” 170-pounder added in triple-digit totals in both runs scored and RBI.
On May 24, 1936, Lazzeri had a game for the ages, becoming the first player in Major League history to slug to grand slams in one game. His 11 runs batted in remain the American League’s standard.
When he left the bigs in 1939, Lazzeri’s career totals included a 380 on-base percentage, and a 121 OPS+. He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
In the collection is a payroll check made out to Tony Lazzeri signed by Hall of Famers Jacob Ruppert, Ed Barrow, and Lazzeri.
Lazzeri was enjoying another outstanding year when this was written on August 15th, 1930.
He posted a career high 121 runs batted in during the 1930 campaign and hit over .300 for the fourth consecutive season.
Ruppert and Barrow have boldly signed the front of the check. Lazzeri’s signature appears on the back.