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     Ted Williams entered the 1955 season at the age of 36, but was coming off of a 1954 season that saw him hit a robust .345 and a league leading 136 walks. Williams was offered the manager’s job for the upcoming season, but declined. Due to the divorce settlement with his then wife Doris, Williams sat out the first month of the 1955 season and penned an $93,000 contract for the remainder of the season. Williams and Red Sox management agreed upon a contract to run through the 1957 season.

     Presented are three 8 ½ x 11 inch pages related to the contract Ted Williams signed with the Boston Red Sox on May 27, 1955 that acknowledges his fulfillment of the remainder of the 1955 season, but adding an additional two years “as an employee during each of such years.” The first document is the official contract tendered between Williams and the Red Sox that he signed in blue pen on the “ACCEPTED:” line and by then Vice President, Treasurer and General Manager of the Red Sox, Hall of Famer Joe Cronin. Cronin penned his name on the lower right of the document on the “Very truly yours, Boston American League Baseball Co” and “Vice President” line. This letter has “BOSTON AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL COMPANY” boldly printed on the top of the page with the club’s address and red two socks logo.

     The letter is addressed:

Mr. Theodore S. Williams

24 Jersey Street

Boston 15, Massachusetts

Dear Ted:

You have concurrently herewith signed your contract for the balance of the 1955 Season, and in consideration thereof we will at the appropriate time in 1956 and again in 1957 tender to you a contract providing for the performance by you of services as a player, or, if by reason of injury you are unable to play, as an employee during each of such years. The compensation to be paid to you for these services shall remain a matter for mutual agreement, but in no event shall this compensation be less than the sum of $50,625.00 for the year 1956 and $37,968.75 for the year 1957.

     The page has two folds consistent with being sealed in an envelope and displays minor toning. The print is still clear and the signatures are bold and crisp. There are two additional documents included in this lot, both are drafts on thin paper of the contract with hand written notes from Red Sox attorney Jack Hayes. His handwritten notes of “and in consideration thereof” was inserted after the mention of “1955 Season”. He also noted to add the “Corporate seal.” under the line beneath “Boston American League Baseball Co.” on one document. The third document is what looks like the finished draft which would be transferred to the finished document for both parties to sign. There is an additional 5 x 6 ½ note paper that is folded with notes in pencil that correspond to the agreed upon contract numbers. These are rare documents and both the signatures of Williams and Cronin come with a full LOA from PSA/DNA (Z05627).

1955 Ted Williams and Joe Cronin Dual-Signed Boston Red Sox Player Contract For Balance Of 1955 Season & 1956 Season With Original Revisions - 3 Pages (PSA/DNA)1955 Ted Williams and Joe Cronin Dual-Signed Boston Red Sox Player Contract For Balance Of 1955 Season & 1956 Season With Original Revisions - 3 Pages (PSA/DNA)1955 Ted Williams and Joe Cronin Dual-Signed Boston Red Sox Player Contract For Balance Of 1955 Season & 1956 Season With Original Revisions - 3 Pages (PSA/DNA)1955 Ted Williams and Joe Cronin Dual-Signed Boston Red Sox Player Contract For Balance Of 1955 Season & 1956 Season With Original Revisions - 3 Pages (PSA/DNA)
1955 Ted Williams and Joe Cronin Dual-Signed Boston Red Sox Player Contract For Balance Of 1955 Season & 1956 Season With Original Revisions - 3 Pages (PSA/DNA)
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