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Tris Speaker Newsbeat
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Grand Forks Daily Herald, April 13, 1916:
Something tells me Cleveland fans are going to like Tris Speaker. I think he’s going to have a big year.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Toledo News-Bee, April 7, 1916:
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Press reports that Red Sox president Joe Lannin denies the Speaker to New York rumors. That much was true; Speaker wasn’t headed to New York.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, February 26, 1916:
I’ve got no experience running a business and I’d probably be an unmitigated disaster running a baseball club, but it seems obvious to me that it’s an awful idea to attempt to force your best, most productive, most talented employee to take a 50% pay cut.
That’s what Sox president Joe Lannin did, and unsurprisingly it permanently burned a bridge. Speaker refused to sign, Boston traded him to Cleveland, and Tris went out and did Tris things for the Tribe in 1916: .386/.470/.502, 186 OPS+, 211 hits, 41 doubles, 35 stolen bases. In fairness to Sox management, they found a pretty good new best player and won the World Series without Speaker in 1916 and 1918.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, February 22, 1916:
That mystery player is probably Tris Speaker, who was extremely unhappy with Boston’s offer of a 50% pay cut for 1916. He was traded to Cleveland just before Opening Day 1916.
As for Joe Wood, he also refused a pay cut and sat out the entire 1916 season. Wood joined Speaker in Cleveland in 1917, but it was clear pretty quickly that his pitching arm was permanently gone. Tribe manager Lee Fohl tried Wood as a right fielder in 1918 and it worked amazingly well. After making the move to the outfield, Wood was a career .298 hitter with an OPS+ north of 115. He retired at age 32 while still a good everyday outfielder, citing family obligations.
Monday, January 04, 2016
Ogden Standard, January 4, 1916:
Man, that’s bogus. Anyway, trying to cut Spoke’s salary in half backfired on the Sox. Unsurprisingly, Tris refused to take that kind of pay cut, so Boston traded him to Cleveland for pitching prospect Sad Sam Jones, a replacement-level third baseman, and a huge pile of money.
Speaker led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging with the 1916 Indians. Four years later, he managed Cleveland to a World Series championship.
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