Four-page contract, dated June 13, 1962, between Gaylord Perry and the Tacoma Giants Baseball Club of the Pacific Coast League, signed in blue ink by “Gaylord Perry” (grading “9”) and “W. A. Ryan” (“10”), an unspecified Tacoma team official. The one-year agreement, for the 1962 season, calls for Perry to receive a salary of $525.00 per month. Perry actually started the season with the San Francisco Giants in 1962, making his major league debut on April 14th
. He struggled though, and was sent back down to Tacoma (the Giants AAA farm club) for more seasoning. After winning ten games with Tacoma, and finishing the season with a 2.58 ERA, he returned to the Giants during the stretch run of the pennant race and appeared in relief during the second of three playoff games against the Dodgers. The Giants won the playoff series, but Perry was not eligible to pitch in the World Series. His final record with the Giants in 1962 was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA. Perry, acknowledged master of the spitball, was one of the greatest pitchers of his era and finished his career with 314 wins and a lifetime ERA of 3.11. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. This is the first Gaylord Perry contract we have ever offered and we have only seen a few others at auction over the years. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is in Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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