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1976-1978 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins Contract - Records Carew's Trade to Angels in 1979!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $4,994
Six-page fold-over contract, dated April 22, 1976, between Rod Carew and the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Incorporated, signed in blue ink by both "Rod Carew" (grading "10"), and Calvin Griffith ("10"), owner/president of the Minnesota Twins. The contract has also been signed in black ink by Lee MacPhail ("10") in his capacity as American League President. A typed addendum, in which Carew agrees to have additional hotel charges (including the cost of a single room) on all road trips automatically deducted from his paycheck, has also been signed by Carew in blue ink ("10"). This agreement is for three years and stipulates that Carew will receive $140,000 for the 1976 season, $155,000 for the 1977 season, and $170,000 for the 1978 season. What makes this contract especially significant is that it records Minnesota's trade of Carew to the California Angels on February 3, 1979. That historic transaction is duly noted by the typed addendum that reads "This contract is hereby assigned outright to the California Angels Baseball Club of the American League effective February 5th, 1979." Authorization of said transfer is given by both Clark Griffith and Lee MacPhail, each of whom has signed the contract a second time below the addendum. Despite the annual raises recorded in this contract, Carew always felt that he was grossly underpaid by the Twins and his most vitriolic pubic comments were always directed at owner Calvin Griffith: "Griffith is horse spit. They [the Twins] are penny pinchers. They take everything they can get and give nothing in return." Carew often demanded a trade and finally, in February 1979, the Twins honored his request by sending the seven-time batting champ to the Angels in exchange for four players, thereby parting ways with one of the greatest players in franchise history. Although Carew was unhappy with his salary, he certainly did not let it affect his performance on the field. In 1977, while employed under the terms of this contract, Carew enjoyed the greatest season of his career when he attempted to become the first player since Ted Williams in 1941 to bat over .400. Although he eventually fell short of the mark, finishing the year at .388, it represented a career high and also earned him MVP honors at season's end. Carew again led the league in hitting in 1978 with a .333 average before leaving the Twin Cities for good in the winter of 1979. Few, if any, Rod Carew contracts can equal the offered example both in historical importance and desirability, as it memorializes not only his incredible 1977 season but his departure from the Twins two years later. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a horizontal fold, staple holes along the top, and a three-quarter length tear to the vertical fold connecting the second and third sheet (which can easily be professionally repaired if so desired); it is otherwise in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $4,994
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