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This day in baseball: Ted Williams’s new contract

On February 6, 1958, the Boston Red Sox signed Ted Williams to a one-year, $135,000 contract, making him the highest-paid player in Major League history up to that time.   In spite of his age (he was 39 years old at the time), Williams reportedly said, “I feel wonderful and feel I can do anything I could do five years ago.”  He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

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