Washington Times, July 8, 1914:
While [Baltimore owner] Jack Dunn will not admit it, deals have been practically consummated by which Shortstop Claude [sic] Derrick and Outfielder George Twombley [sic], of the Orioles, will soon be wearing Cincinnati uniforms, while Birdie Cree, the highest priced fielder in the International League, will go to the New York Americans.
With the information concerning the probable sale of Derrick and Twombley also come several other rumors. One is to the effect that President Lannin, of the Red Sox, offered Dunnie a big pile for Ruth, Shore, and Twombley. The Oriole leader, however, denied that Lannin had made any proposition, and added that the Red Sox did not want any of the Orioles.
That’s probably for the best. I can’t imagine that Ruth guy being a good ballplayer.
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