Spring Fever Auction
An attic find unearthed this one of a kind signed agreement between the Boston Red Sox and Hall of Famer Ted Williams in regards to his contract for the 1955 Baseball Season. Coming off of the 1954 season in which Williams led the league in On Base Percentage, Slugging, and OPS, during the off-season of 1954, Williams was offered the chance to be manager of the Red Sox. Williams declined, and he suggested that Pinky Higgins, who had previously played on the 1946 Red Sox team as the third baseman, become the manager of the team. Higgins later was hired as the Red Sox manager in 1955. Williams sat out the first month of the 1955 season due to a divorce settlement with his wife, Doris. When Williams returned, he signed a $98,000 contract on May 13th. This lot includes the agreement between the Boston Red Sox and Ted Williams for the 1955 Season. This agreement has been signed by Ted Williams and Hall of Fame Red Sox Player and President Joe Cronin. The contents of this original signed agreement also include the original revisions made by Red Sox attorney Jack Hayes. Based upon the contents discovered with this agreement, it is believed that this copy was the one retained by Hayes Law Firm to keep on record to confirm that Ted Williams had received his player contract and agrees to the terms. This is a one of a kind piece of baseball history. Ted Williams first ever player contract fetched a staggering sum in excess of $100,000 and is the only other public sale to compare this later career Boston Baseball club agreement. The agreement is on Boston Baseball Club letterhead and both autographs have been authenticated by PSA/DNA. The contract comes with additional drafts showing the corrections prior to singing, something only the law firm or Team would have records of.
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