Seeking to cash in on the burgeoning baseball market the short-lived Federal League was MLB’s most serious threat. Presented is a rare FL franchise St. Louis Terriers “poach” contract dated 7/24/15 and signed twice (both “8-9”) by journeyman outfielder Pete “Bash” Compton (d.1978). This rare three page document displays in remarkably well preserved and fully legible condition. One of three original compacting folds passes through but does not diminish the upper Compton signature. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Born Anna Sebastian Compton, “Bash” who bounced around the Majors and Minors from 1909-28 seemingly made a judicious choice in adopting the name Pete. Suprisingly this intended legal document is signed without a given name as “Bash Compton” on two separate lines at the bottom of the third page. Also present on the third page are a raised team seal at left and a signature on the president line which appears to be “Lloyd H. Rickard or possibly Richard”.
The St. Louis Terriers were owned by Phillip DeCatsby Ball who would go on to own the St. Louis Browns following the folding of the FL. Reports indicate Compton was playing for the Kansas City Blues of the American Association at the time of the signing of this contract. He played only two games of a double-header for the Terriers before being returned to KC due to legal injunctions, thus the aforementioned “poach” status. His contract was then purchased by the NL Boston Braves where he played the remainder of the season. Historical accounts have him playing for the KC Blues on 7/23/15 then disappearing for three days before resurfacing.
The majority of clause eight of the thirteen clause contract has been crossed over by a series of wavy pen lines.