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    Joltin' Joe cashes in after a season for the ages...

    1942 Joe DiMaggio Signed New York Yankees Uniform Player's Contract. An American League Most Valuable Player Award for 1941, a season still fondly remembered almost seven decades later for the Yankee Clipper's famous fifty-six game hitting streak, gave DiMaggio no shortage of bargaining power when it came time to negotiate a salary for 1942. It's important to remember that this contract negotiation had been a particularly rancorous one, and one that was debated in the sports pages of the day. Anticipating financial downturns as a result of the country's entrance into the World War II fray, the Yankees asked DiMaggio to take a pay cut. When DiMaggio refused, the Yankees management publicly attacked their superstar's patriotism. Suddenly one of the most popular players in the game was hearing boos both on the road and at home, clearly a factor in his decision to enlist at the close of the season.

    The executed contract, signed in Yankee president Ed Barrow's hotel suite at the team's St. Petersburg, Florida spring training grounds, is the typical Uniform Player's Contract used throughout the years by Major League Baseball. It is dated "March 12, 1942" and designates a salary of $43,750, belying Barrow's earlier statement to the press that $40,000 represented the team's final offer. It is signed by both DiMaggio and Barrow, as well as a witness, traveling secretary Mark Roth. All autographs are Mint, and the contract has two filing punch holes and original storage folds, otherwise no flaws to note. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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