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Friday, November 27, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-27-2015

El Paso Herald, November 27, 1915:

Before the documents were signed that made Cyril [Slapnicka] a Brewer, he thought his twirling services were worth so much per season. The club owners thought he valued the power of his arm about $400 too much, and they told him so.
“We will give you a contract calling for the figures we have mentioned. Into this contract we will insert a proviso to the effect that if you win one half of your games we will pay you the extra $400.”
[With a 14-15 record,] Cyril got ready [for the final road trip of the season, but] the manager, he says, spoke to him thusly:

“You ain’t goin’ along, old kid; you’re gonna linger behind. We don’t need you.”

Slapnicka sued for the $400 and won, successfully arguing that the team intentionally prevented him from having a chance to get the bonus. He threw 308.2 IP in 1915, but it was the innings he didn’t throw that won Slap the cash.

Slapnicka may have been a Quad-A pitcher, but he went on to become one of the most successful scouts of all time. He signed Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Roger Maris, Lou Boudreau, Mel Harder, Ken Keltner, Herb Score, Bobby Avila, and Hal Trosky.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 27, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 18 comment(s)
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