Alternately called “Zim, Gerbil or Popeye”, Don Zimmer was beloved as one of baseball’s great characters. Zimmer enjoyed a sixty-six year career with a slew of organizations as an infielder, manager and coach, claiming he never received a paycheck outside of baseball. Among those that paid him was the second Washington Senators franchise as evidenced by this 1964 contract. This four-page official document remains bright and crisp with distinct text, to rate as (EX-MT) with deference to original period compacting folds, necessitated by the fact that it was sent through the mail.
Zimmer’s name is typed in at the top of the first page and a section further down the page reveals his salary for the 1964 season was $19,000, a considerable sum for the time. The contract’s third page indicates this to be a duplicate copy with the typed in date of “1/15/64”. Former Yankees 5X World Series champion George Selkirk has also signed (“9-10”) this page in his capacity as Senators General Manager (no authentication due to the official nature of the item). A few very light and unobtrusive stains appear on the back page with minimal effect on this vintage form’s appeal and otherwise it is clean and solid throughout.
Also present is the original mailing envelope with Zimmer’s name and St. Petersburg, FL. Address. This envelope has a Senators logo printed at top left and the date “1964” is written in undetermined hand in the field between the destination and return addresses. The mailer is torn open across the top as expected, but all surface paper is present.