ROGER MARIS - CONTRACT SIGNED 09/05/1961 - HFSID 275009
Special Sale Price $1,870.00
ROGER MARISHe agrees to appear in a taping of Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall on September 29, 1961; He would hit his record breaking 61st homer two days later! Carbon Typed DS: "Roger Maris" in ink under "Agreed to and Accepted", 1p, 8½x11. New York, New York, 1961 September 5. Letter from Roncom Productions, Inc., unsigned, to Maris in New York. In part: "We hereby engage you, and you hereby accept said engagement, to appear in the rehearsal, recording and broadcast of the program in the 'PERRY COMO'S KRAFT MUSIC HALL' program series initially sponsored by Kraft Foods scheduled to be videotaped on September 29, 1961, New York, New York for initial NBC-TV network telecast on October 4, 1961...For and in consideration of your said appearance and of all rights granted and obligations to be performed by you hereunder, we agree to pay you the sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred ($7500.00) Dollars within ten (10) days following the completion of recording of the program. The annexed Standard Terms and Conditions and mimeographed Rider provisions...are hereby incorporated in and made part of this Agreement...." On thin paper. Lightly creased. Staple holes at upper left corner. Fine condition. Accompanied by AFTRA contract, unsigned, 2p, 8½x11, front and verso. Not filled in. "X" drawn through front page, some lines of the "Standard Terms and Conditions" on verso have been inked out. Slightly creased. Staple holes and stray ink mark at upper right margin of contract side. Fine condition. With Rider, unsigned, 11p, 8½x11, separate sheets. Some typed lines have been inked out. Ink notes (unknown hand) on pages 5and 8, where corrections have been made. Slightly creased. Nicked at upper left edge of page 11, Staple holes at upper left corners of all pages. Fine condition. Maris was seen on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall on October 4, 1961, three days after he had broken Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a single season (he had taped the episode two days before he hit his 61st homer). Maris, who reached the milestone in eight more games than Ruth, hit the record homer in the fourth inning of the last game of the season. Roger Maris (1934-1985), who played for the Cleveland Indians (1957-1958) and the Kansas City Athletics (1958-1959) before donning Yankee pinstripes in 1960, made baseball history on October 1, 1961, when he broke Babe Ruth's season home run record of 60 by hitting his 61st homer. The record had stood for 34 years, and Maris still holds the A.L. record for most home runs in one season. His 37-year-old major league record was broken in 1998 by National Leaguer Mark McGwire (70) and McGwire's record was broken three years later by National Leaguer Barry Bonds (73). Maris was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1961 for the second consecutive time (1960, 1961), and he was also a member of the 1961 All-Star team (the third of his four appearances - 1959, 1960, 1961 and 1962). Maris, who also won the Gold Glove in 1960, played in five World Series with the Yankees (1960-1964). After being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of the 1966 season, he again played in the World Series in the last two seasons of his career (1967, 1968). Three items. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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