Contract, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, February 5, 1962. National League uniform player's contract in which Roberto Clemente agrees to render "skilled services as a baseball player during the year 1962" for the Pittsburgh Pirates, for a salary of $26,000. Neatly signed at the conclusion in black ballpoint by Roberto Clemente and Pittsburgh General Manager Joe L. Broom; also bears a stamped signature of National League President Warren Giles. A special covenant added to the contract specifies that Clemente is to be paid in twelve equal semi-monthly installments between April 1 and September 30. In fine condition, with a small stain at the head of the first page.
When he signed this contract, Roberto Clemente was coming off the best season of his life—in 1961, he led the National League in batting with a .351 average, led all outfielders with 27 assists, and won a Gold Glove for his fielding excellence for the first time. He would go on to win the Gold Glove in every season for the rest of his life. Under the terms of this deal, he had another successful—though less statistically impressive—season with a .312 average, bolstered by his always reliable defense. A superb piece from one of baseball's most beloved figures, who would give his life to the cause of humanitarian aid in 1972. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.
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