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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-27-2014

Calumet (Michigan) News, May 27, 1914:

Walter Johnson, star pitcher of the American league, talked for an hour on Sunday with Joe Tinker, manager of the Chicago Feds. Although nothing definite was done, the great pitcher departed in a receptive mood. No offer was made because Johnson declared he was not open for an offer at the present time.

“I wouldn’t sign a contract now with any ball club, not even with Washington, but I’ll say that the Federal league looks as good to me as any other league, and later on I’ll be ready to talk business for next year.”
...
“I don’t know where Walter will pitch next year,” said Tinker, “but I’ll be he’ll get a lot of money. If he is not with the Federal league it will be because some club in organized ball will pay a record salary.”

Johnson got a 25% raise to stay with Washington for the 1915 season, but it wasn’t a record salary. Johnson earned $12,500 in 1915, but Ty Cobb took home a cool $20,000.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-16-2014

Milwaukee Journal, May 16, 1914:

There was received in the Chicago postoffice a few days ago a souvenir postal card bearing in lieu of a definite name and address only the following superscription:

“To The Greatest Pitcher on Earth.”

Chicago sent the postcard to the dead letter office, where one of the female funeral directors of defunct correspondence was quick to grasp the situation. Like a good rooter for Griffith’s Senators she promptly forwarded the card to Walter Perry Johnson of the Washington Americans. “Smokeball Walter” received the card last night at his hotel.

Who’d get it in 2014? Clayton Kershaw?

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:50 AM | 39 comment(s)
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