On November 28, 1958 — The Boston Red Sox sign teenage sensation Carl Yastrzemski to a reported bonus of $100,000. The future Hall of Famer will make his major league debut with Boston in three years. 

After starring in baseball, football, and basketball at Bridgehampton High School, Carl Jr. briefly attended Notre Dame University before leaving school to pursue a professional career in baseball. Courted by several major league teams, Yastrzemski eventually signed with the Boston Red Sox, who immediately assigned him to Raleigh of the Carolina League. Yastrzemski captured the league’s batting title in 1959 with a mark of .377, before being promoted to Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Minneapolis the following year. After falling just short of winning his second consecutive batting championship in 1960, Yastrzemski joined the Red Sox for the start of the 1961 campaign.

 


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