Friday, February 6, 2009

Midas Touch Athlete: Quiz Number Two

Just prior to New Year's Eve celebrations and hours before the start of 1975, this pitcher signed what at the time was the highest contract in Major League Baseball. The multi-year deal valued by many at over $3.5 million -- included provisions that insured the financial security of the star's wife and children. He had become a free agent due to actions that were ruled a breach of contract by his old team's cantankerous owner, but he was now going to play for another owner who was also known for his quarrelsome headstrong ways. Known for his simple country ways, wants and wisdom, this star was no one's fool regardless of the silly nickname he had been given when he joined the professional ranks.