Perhaps out of love for the game, possibly in an effort to hone those diamond skills (or a combination of both), big league stars reported to Puerto Rico during the “offseason” and continued to perform and supplement their incomes. These (3) contracts were drawn up during the 1960s-1970s to secure the services of Major Leaguers in the “Liga de Baseball Profesional de Puerto Rico.” The documents feature printed legal details (in Spanish), typewritten specifics and are signed by the players. Includes: Larry Murray, Joe Verbanic and Ron Woods.
Larry Murray: the lesser-known of switch-hitters named “Murray,’ Chicago-born Larry Murray signed this contract to play for Mayagüez following the 1976 season with the New York Yankees. Composed in both Spanish and English, the contract is signed by Murray in blue ballpoint (“9” strength) and promises Murray “$800 plus” with “$1000 expenses” per month. Murray was traded to Oakland in April, 1977.
Joe Verbanic: composed entirely in Spanish, Verbanic’s document is dated “October 19, 1966 and secured his services for 1967-1968 with the Caguas Guayama club. Verbanic has signed in blue ballpoint (“9” strength). Verbanic spent the 1966 Major League season with the Phillies and was traded to the Yankees in December, 1966.
Ron Woods: dated “September 10, 1969,” Woods’ contract called for a monthly salary of “$1000” and “$1350” in monthly expenses to perform for the Mayaguez club during 1969-1970. Woods signed the contract in blue ballpoint (“9-10” strength). At the time, Woods was an outfielder for the New York Yankees.