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Christy Mathewson Newsbeat

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-26-2014

The race to sign Big Six is heating up.

Milwaukee Sentinel, February 26, 1914:

Christy Mathewson, the Giant star pitcher, who has been offered the berth of manager of the Federal league Brooklyn club left [Los Angeles] on Wednesday for Marlin Springs, Tex., the spring training camp of the New York Giants.

He carried with him his unsigned contract to play with the Giants and while reiterating his intention to seriously consider the Federal offer, declared he was confident of coming to terms with the New York national league team.

Federal League president James Gilmore:

“We have not offered Mathewson any stipulated amount…Our telegram sent to him early on Tuesday morning read: “Would you consider a proposition to manage the non-Sunday playing Brooklyn Federal league at your terms?”...We are willing to pay Mathewson more money than he probably considers possible.

Giants secretary John Foster:

Mathewson has been sent a blank contract to fill in and the New York club is willing to sign him for life.

According to one account, the Feds offered Mathewson $65,000 for three years, which (in 1914) was a ludicrously huge offer. Ty Cobb, in his prime, made $11,333 the year before.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: February 26, 2014 at 09:08 AM | 40 comment(s)
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