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Tommy attends a panel marking the 40th anniversary of the 1972 strike and returns with tales of the Players Association's past.

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August 24, 2006 12:00 am

The Annuity That Changed Baseball


Brent Gambill

Between Curt Flood and Andy Messersmith, a key case moved baseball closer to the end of the reserve clause era.

In the winter of 1974, however, a different set of circumstances set one pitcher free on the open market. Jim "Catfish" Hunter's freedom was the product of a unique scenario.

On February 11, 1974, Hunter signed a standard MLB player contract that stipulated a two-year agreement with the Oakland Athletics. While negotiating the contract, Hunter requested, as an addendum, that his attorney J. Carlton Cherry seek Internal Revenue Service (IRS) approval to defer $50,000 of the annual salary. The provision called for half of Hunter's salary to be paid into an insurance company fund during the season, intended for the purchase of an annuity for his benefit following his playing career.

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November 23, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: November 18-22


Christina Kahrl

The first big signing of the winter in Seattle, and the first big trade of the winter in New York and San Diego.

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Following up on yesterday's article, here is the definitive list of every transaction made at last weekend's Mock Winter Meetings in Chicago. The list of moves includes a blockbuster trade for Mark Teixeira, cheap contracts for Trot Nixon and Juan Gonzalez, and a surprise new home for Vladimir Guerrero.



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