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1974 Juan Marichal Signed Boston Red Sox Contract
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $3,851
Six-page fold-over contract, dated March 29, 1974, between Juan Marichal and the Boston Red Sox, signed in blue ink by "Juan Marichal" (grading "9") and "Richard H. O'Connell" as general manager. Also signed in blue ink by Lee MacPhail ("9") as American League President. The one-year contract, for the 1974 season, calls for Marichal to receive a salary of $135,000. The contract includes a special one-page covenant, dated April 11, 1974, authorizing the club to deduct $65,000 from his net salary and pay such amount in semimonthly installments to his account at the Professional Manivest, Inc. The covenant also makes note that both parties agree that $20,000 of his salary will be deferred for payment in January 1975. The covenant has been signed by both Marichal and O'Connell (each "10"). Accompanying the covenant is a one-page statement, dated April 11, 1974, signed by Alma R. Marichal, wife of Juan Marichal, agreeing to its provisions. 1974 marked Marichal's one and only season in Boston. Although past his prime, Marichal posted a record of 5-1 in nine starts that season. He eventually retired after the 1975 season with 243 wins and a 2.89 lifetime ERA. One of the greatest pitchers of his era, Marichal won twenty or more games six times with the San Francisco Giants, including league-leading totals of 25 and 26, respectively, in 1963 and 1968. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983. 104 of Hall of Fame players are rare and the offered example is no exception. This is the first Marichal contract we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen any others at public auction. The contract, related covenant, and accompanying one-page statement (each 8.5 x 11 inches) are in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $3,851
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