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Grover Cleveland Alexander Newsbeat

Monday, February 20, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2017

Tacoma Times, February 20, 1917:

Bill Pickens has made Grover Cleveland Alexander an offer which ought to help big Alex land the $15,000 salary he wants, regardless of whether he accepts it.

Pickens has devised a scheme, whereby a circus he represents is to retain Alexander at $1,000 a week for 35 weeks. He will do a freak baseball stunt inside the tent and later will exhibit his prowess by defending the circus’ offer to give $50 to anyone who can make a base hit off him.

This would have been a tough offer to pass up. $35,000 was 75% more than the salary of the highest paid player in baseball in 1917.

The first player to make more than $35,000 was Babe Ruth in 1922, who undeniably had a better year than President Harding.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 20, 2017 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
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