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1969 Mike Ferraro Seattle Pilots Document Archive with 1969 Player's Contract
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $705.00
The history of the Seattle Pilots is quite brief. Joining the American League as an expansion club in 1969, the franchise, due to financial considerations, was quickly forced to move to Milwaukee the following spring. It would be another eight years before Major League Baseball returned to the Pacific Northwest. Offered here is the Seattle Pilots front-office file folder for player Mike Ferraro that includes an extremely rare and historically significant fully executed 1969 Seattle Pilots player contract as well as other related documents pertaining to his brief tenure with the club. The standard "Uniform Player's Contract" between Pacific Northwest Sports, Inc. (Seattle Pilots) and Michael Dennis Ferraro is dated January 23, 1969, and calls for Ferraro to receive a salary of $11,000 for the upcoming 1969 season. The contract is fully executed and has been signed in blue ink by both Ferraro (grading "10") and Seattle Pilots General Manager Marvin Milkes ("8"). The contract was sent to American League President Joe Cronin on January 28, 1969, and bears his stamped signature in approval of the agreement. Interestingly, an attachment, which is simply a reprint of paragraph 3 (b) in the contract (relating to player participation in team promotional events) has been stapled to the contract and has also been signed by Ferraro ("10") in acknowledgment of the terms. Third baseman Mike Ferraro, who played sparingly with the Yankees in 1966 and 1968, was obtained by the Pilots during the expansion draft. Based upon the copies of correspondence sent to him, which are included here in this file, Ferraro rejected the club's original offer before eventually signing . Ferraro didn't last long with the Pilots. After appearing in only five games with the club he was sent down to the club's AAA minor-league affiliate Vancouver Mounties, but he failed to report. He was then traded to the Baltimore Orioles and assigned to the club's minor-league affiliate in Rochester, but again failed to report. All of those transactions, as well as his notice of suspension for failing to report are documented in the official papers included here. Including the 1969 Seattle Pilots contract, this collection is comprised of fourteen individual documents, seven of which are file copies (not signed). All of the documents are still housed in Ferraro's original team file. The manila file (9.5 x 14.5 inches) features Ferraro's name typed on the tab: "Ferraro, Michael Dennis," and a note taped on the interior cover reads "Ferraro...old Progress Bonus Plan...Pd $2,500...per National Assoc. 1/8/69." All of the documents, including the contract, measure 8.5 x 11 inches. The contract is in Near Mint condition, while the other documents are in overall Excellent condition. This is a fascinating and unique archive of extremely rare official team documents dating from the Pilots and first and only season in Seattle. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $705.00
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