Lot 9110: Wade Boggs 1978 Winston-Salem Red Sox Minor League Signed Player Contract (Earliest Known)
Contract, signed “Wade Anthony Boggs,” six pages on three adjoining sheets, 8.5 x 11, February 7, 1978. Minor League uniform player’s contract in which Wade Boggs agrees to render "skilled services as a professional baseball player for Club during the calendar year 1978" for the Winston-Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League, for a monthly salary of $850. Signed and dated at the conclusion in black felt tip by Boggs, who adds his address and social security number, and countersigned by Vice President of Red Sox Minor League Operations Edward F. Kenney. In fine condition. Playing for the single-A Winston-Salem Red Sox in 1977, the 19-year-old Boggs had compiled a .332 average while striking out just 22 times in nearly 500 plate appearances. Despite signing this contract with Winston-Salem for the 1978 season, he saw no time in A-ball and was promoted the the AA Bristol club.
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