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Friday, January 27, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-27-2017

Albuquerque Journal, January 27, 1917:

President William F. Baker, of the Philadelphia National league club, [yesterday] made public a letter sent to Grover Cleveland Alexander, the club’s star pitcher, refusing the player’s demand for a three-year contract at $15,000 a year. Mr. Baker told Alexander he was “astonished” at his demand, and that an offer of $8,000 a year still stood and “would not be increased to any great amount.”

Ty Cobb made $20,000 in 1917, Tris Speaker made $15,000, and Walter Johnson made $16,000. In the context of the era, it seems completely reasonable that the greatest pitcher on the planet would ask for $15K.

Anyway, Alexander ended up signing for $12,500. The Phils, correctly guessing that Ol’ Pete would be drafted into the army in 1918 (and presumably unhappy with his salary) traded him to the Cubs after the season for Mike Prendergast, Pickles Dillhoefer, and $55,000. Chicago won the 1918 pennant and Philadelphia finished in the first division exactly once in the next 30 years. But, hey, they saved some money.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 27, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 11 comment(s)
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