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But the victory came at a price: To pay off the McShain loan, the Connecticut General insurance company took a $1,750,000 mortgage on the club and its home, Shibe Park. The Macks had to make a $50,000 mortgage payment each quarter, a crushing burden for a business with annual revenue of just $1,200,000.
Roy Mack, who was running the business side, estimated the club needed to draw 600,000 to break even. In 1953 the gate fell to 362,000, and 1954 started even worse. Stories surfaced that the Macks were ready to sell, but Roy said, “We’ve been down before; why, one year I remember we drew 278,000, but we got by. And we’ll survive now.”
How was that overcome by 1958? Were newer, faster aircraft available by that time?
The A's got the better of those deals in the sense that the players they got from the Yankees provided more cumulative WAR numbers, but given that Maris and Terry were instrumental in several Yankees' championship teams, and that Boyer and Art Ditmar also contributed to those Yankees' pennant winners, it's hard to give much credence to the idea that the Yanks got taken.
And while it's pretty much forgotten now, Siebern also had a terrible reputation as a fielder, in great part due to one horrific World Series game in 1958 where he lost three fly balls in the Sun**, leading to all three runs in a 3-0 Yankee loss to Milwaukee.
If his reputation was that bad, why did he win the Gold Glove as an outfielder in 1958, the same year? (I'm not being snarky, that's a real question I don't know the answer to.)
He wasn't competing against Barry Bonds, he was competing against Al Smith, Ted Williams, Roy Sievers, Charlie Maxwell, Bob Nieman, Minnie Minoso and Bob Cerv.
EDIT: Hmmn...I always thought that Minoso was considered a good defensive outfielder, probably from being familiar with his "1" rating in Strat-O-Matic for the 1954 season, but looking at BR, I see he had negative dWAR for his career. Is this some kind of positional adjustment thing, or was he really not very good with the glove?
Except that back then I'm pretty sure that the 3 outfield positions were awarded separately, and none of those three you name were leftfielders. Landis played CF and the other two were RFers. A guy named Williams played LF for the Red Sox. Whereas the seven players I mentioned are all listed in BB-Ref as the starting LFers for their teams.
It's a positional adjustment thing. He's 26 runs above an average left fielder over his career, but he loses 77 runs for position. According to bb-ref he was generally a good fielder until 1959 / his age 33 season.
For 1954, he's 16 runs above average.
Thanks - I always thought he was considered a good fielder. To be honest, I don't quite understand awarding negative value just for position, but I guess that's how it's calculated...
The reason given by non-NY fans for this being allowed to happen went like this: The AL was losing the attendance war to the NL, to such an extent that they felt that their status as a major league was actually in danger (integration, of course, was never thought to be the issue). So the league got together and decided to let the Yanks become a superteam, generating lots of press in New York, and allowing the other teams to make enough money to survive on the games they had against the SuperYanks. I am very serious. This is what non-NY fans thought. Bill Veeck became a folk hero because he was the one AL owner who would not get with that program, but insisted on actually trying to compete with the SuperYanks. That's why Damn Yankees became such a huge musical hit; there's a reason it was not titled "Miracle in D. C." or something. People actually believed this. What I am NOT old enough to remember is whether they were right about it. However, I will note that MLB's response, in the 1910s, to a bad AL team in NY and the threat of the Federal League was to do just that - allow the Yanks to, basically, loot a few good players from other clubs. So, it's not entirely a hopeless conspiracy theory. It had happened once. - Brock Hanke
One thing that some of the posters SEEM to not be taking into account (it could be that they just didn't include it in their comments) is that the Yanks made a lot of "get me through the next year or two" trades.
Was Finley also able to work with the Yankees, or was he despised even at stage?
It's often been said that Stoneman's agreement to move the Giants was necessary for the Dodgers to move, and the Dodgers fleeced him by getting the much better market.
When Baltimore replaced the St. Louis Browns in the circuit, it was classified as a western team for scheduling purposes, so the Senators and Orioles never played at home on the same day. If Kansas City replaced Philadelphia, the A’s would go into the West and Baltimore to the East.
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