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Eddie Collins Newsbeat

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-7-2015

Grand Forks Daily Herald, January 7, 1915:

It is an open secret that Connie Mack felt compelled to rid the Athletics of Eddie Collins to restore some measure of harmony to the team. And it is generally understood that the discord which Connie seeks to alleviate was caused by Eddie Collins’ ill-advised newspaper articles, in which he disclosed team secrets, and thus, in the opinion of his fellow-players, put them under a handicap.
...
The authorities of the American league recognized the evil and sought to suppress it, but evidently Mr. Collins held himself above authority and proceeded with his labors as an author.

Looks like the team-instigated hatchet job is at least 100 years old today.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 07, 2015 at 08:27 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: connie mack, dugout, eddie collins, history

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-30-2014

Milwaukee Sentinel, December 30, 1914:

A Federal league official stated on Tuesday that the reason the new organization did not persist in its efforts to sign Eddie Collins, formerly of the Athletics and now of the White Sox, was because his demands were so great that the officials were dumfounded.
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To their great astonishment Collins demanded $80,000 for a three year contract. Not only that, but he wanted $20,000 in cash and demanded that the other $60,000 be deposited in the bank for him.

This demand, the Federal league officials state, breaks all records for nerve.

It was worth a shot, particularly if he didn’t really want to jump. All they could do was say no.

Anyway, if you adjust for inflation, Collins was asking for the equivalent of a three year contract worth a total of around $1.85M in 2014 dollars.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: December 30, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, federal league, history

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2014

Tacoma Times, December 23, 1914:

Eddie Collins came near never being a member of the Chicago White Sox because his wife refused to believe that the biggest men in baseball wanted to see him.
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“Hello,” said a voice [on the phone]. “This is President Johnson of the American league. I want to speak to Mr. Collins.”

“We’ve had practical jokers call us up before,” replied Mrs. Collins sweetly as she hung up the receiver.

Five minutes later the telephone rang again and a voice said: “This is President Comiskey of the Chicago White Sox. I would like to speak to Mr. Collins.”

“Your friend, Mr. Johnson, must have lost his voice and asked you to call,” responded Mrs. Collins and hung up again.

Another five minutes passed. Then Connie Mack called up. Mrs. Collins recognized his voice and almost fainted when he told her that both Johnson and Comiskey already had called.

Later that day, the Collins family received calls from Mike Rotch, Oliver Klozoff, I.P. Freely, and Jacques Strap.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: December 23, 2014 at 08:06 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, history

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-9-2014

Washington Herald, December 9, 1914:

White Sox Pay $50,000 for Eddie Collins

In his pocket [Charles Comiskey] bears a bill of sale for Eddie Collins, star second baseman of the Athletics, and he has left behind $50,000 in real money.
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Comiskey has contracted to pay Collins $10,000 a year for five years, and it is reported that this is so much more than Mack actually was paying him…that Collins is tickled to death to think he is going to the White Sox.

According to the salary data at BB-Ref, Collins actually made $15,000 a year over the course of this contract. That’s more than twice his reported 1913 salary.

Also, I imagine Collins was happy to join the White Sox. The Athletics, having sold or waived virtually their entire roster over the past two months, were a sinking ship in December 1914.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: December 09, 2014 at 08:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, eddie collins, history

 

 

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