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MLB: Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron Sign '62 Contracts with Braves

Jan. 20, 1962 - Henry Aaron (pictured) and Eddie Mathews, the one-two punch of the Milwaukee Braves, signed their 1962 contracts today. “I don’t know of any two sluggers who have been as devastating over the years as these two,” said John McHale, president of the Braves. McHale, however, would not say whether the two players received raises. Reportedly, their salaries are between $55,000 and $60,000. Mathews, 30, smashed his 270th home run last season — his 10th campaign in the National League. Aaron, who will be 28 on Feb. 5, has 253 homers. He topped league hitters in total bases in 1961 for the third year in a row, batted .327, drove in 120 runs, and hit 34 homers.

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