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1974 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves Contract (Historic Record-Breaking Year)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $6,462.50

Presented here is one of the most significant and historic baseball documents in existence: Hank Aaron’s final contract with the Atlanta Braves in 1974, the year in which he broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home-run record. All Aaron player contracts are extremely rare and only a few examples are known. Aaron's rookie contract from 1954 and this 1974 contract, from his most historic record-setting season, are the most historically significant of all Aaron player contracts that could possibly exist. The five-page “Uniform Player’s Contract” is for the 1974 season and is dated December 19, 1973. Aaron has signed the contract, “Henry L. Aaron” in black felt-tip pen along with William Bartholomay (Atlanta Braves Chairman of the Board) and Chub Feeney (National League President). The one-year contract calls for Aaron to receive a salary of $220,000, with $40,000 to be paid to him in cash on January 2, 1974. The contract also contains an addendum relating to a $300,000 loan made to Aaron from the National Security Bank of Chicago that the club has guaranteed. The start of the 1974 baseball season was one of the most anticipated events in sports history. The reason for the excitement was the fact that Aaron entered the year just one home run shy of Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714. Aaron didn’t make the fans wait long, as he tied the record in his very first at bat of the season. Two games later, in Atlanta, Aaron made history again by breaking the record many experts had long considered untouchable. Following that memorable season the Braves traded Aaron’s contract to the Milwaukee Brewers, and that transaction is duly recorded here on this contract. Both National League President Chub Feeney and American League President Lee MacPhail have signed the contract in approval of that transaction, as has Eddie Robinson in his capacity as General Manager of the Braves. The signatures all grade “10” with the exception of MacPhail (“8”). The trifold contract (8.5 x 11 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $6,462.50

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