Lot 9080: Roberto Clemente 1964 Puerto Rico Winter League Signed Player Contract
21st February 2019
Contract, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, December 2, 1964. Professional Baseball League of Puerto Rico contract in which Roberto Clemente agrees to "provide efficient and loyal services as a baseball player during the season of 1964-1965" for Los Nuevos Senadores, for a monthly salary of $1,000. Signed on the second page in blue ballpoint by Clemente and the team's general manager, and countersigned on the third page by the general manager. In fine condition. During most off-seasons during his Major League career, Clemente returned to his native Puerto Rico to play winter ball—1964 was no different, when he arrived to play for San Juan after leading the Major Leagues with a .339 average during the regular season. Clemente's winter career took a new turn three weeks later on December 21st, when manager Cal Ermer was let go and the reluctant Clemente was elevated to player-manager. Clemente led San Juan into the playoffs on the strength of a .385 batting average, but the team was ultimately defeated by his old Santurce club. As a manager, he developed a good rapport with his players and did not burden them with expectations beyond their abilities. A wonderful contract for a consequential winter league season.
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