1964 Carl Yastrzemski Signed Boston Red Sox Contract

Sold For: $3,300

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1740

Item Year: 1964

Category: Baseball Contracts

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Four-page fold-over contract, dated February 3, 1964, between Carl Yastrzemski and the Boston Red Sox, signed in blue ink by "Carl M. Yastrzemski" (grading "10") and "Richard H. O'Connell" ("10") as general manager. Also signed in blue ink by Joe Cronin ("10") as American League President. The one-year contract, for the 1964 season, calls for Yastrzemski to receive a salary of $30,000. Yastrzemski was the reigning American League batting champion heading into the 1964 season, and his salary increased by $7,000 from the year before. “Yaz” batted .289, with 15 home runs and 67 RBI in 1964, in what was an otherwise disappointing season for the Red Sox. A three-time batting champion and former MVP and Triple Crown winner, Yastrzemski finished his career with 3,308 hits, 452 home runs, and 1,844 RBI. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. This is just the second Yastrzemski contract we have ever offered, and we can only recall having seen a few others at public auction. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) remains in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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