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    1956 Roberto Clemente Signed Letter and Contract Archive. We aren't sure how the negotiations between the Hall of Fame pair of Clemente and Pittsburgh Pirates Vice President Branch Rickey ended up, but if Roberto got the raise he requested for 1956, he definitely earned his money. Unsatisfied with a second-year salary to match his first, Clemente writes to Rickey, "Dear Mr. Rickey, Jr.: I am sorry I cannot accept the offered contract for the 1956 season, which you shall find enclosed, unsigned. I feel that with the year I had last season, I should be entitled to a substantial raise. It should be needless to point that I had a .255 batting average, one of the best fielding averages and was second in assists for outfielders in the National League. During the season I played with an injured finger and at times, while being sick. Although I should not say so myself, I had a good following that showed in the attendance at Forbes Field. I am more than satisfied playing for you, your organization and the Pittsburgh fans, to all of whom I am very grateful, yet think my salary for the coming season should not be less than $10,000. I have kept myself in good shape, as you could see while down here, and am sure I will be of great help to our Club this coming summer. With my best wishes and looking forward to receive a new contract with the requested raise, I am, Very truly yours, Roberto Clemente, 102 San Anton, Carolina, P.R." The closing blue ink signature is a flawless 10/10, though slightly obscured by the team's date stamping marking its receipt. Included in the archive is the unsigned Uniform Player's Contract to which Clemente refers, listing salary as $7,000. Finally we have the carbon copy of the letter from Rickey that accompanied the contract as mailed to Clemente in Puerto Rico. The registered mail receipt is stapled at upper left. The Clemente signed letter and contract show original mailing folds, otherwise all three pieces are NRMT. Easily one of the most attractive lots relating to the career of this heroic Hall of Famer to reach the auction block in recent months. LOA from PSA/DNA.

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