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1930s Ted Williams Contract Up for Bid

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The paperwork that brought Ted Williams to Boston is on the auction block this week.

He really was "The Kid" when the Boston Red Sox first started scouting Ted Williams.

World War II had not yet arrived in his hometown of San Diego–nor had Major League Baseball. Williams was a young prodigy–still in high school when he suited up for the Pacific Coast League’s Padres. It didn’t take long for big league scouts to find him, though. By the late 1930s, Williams was in the big leagues.

The signed contract that transferred him to Boston and launched his Hall of Fame career is among the items for sale in’s current auction, scheduled to close Friday. It was featured with this article in the Providence Journal.