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Friday, August 31, 2012
Milwaukee Journal, August 31, 1912:
James R. McAleer, president of the Red Sox, has offered $50,000 cash for Walter Johnson, the Senators’ wonderful pitcher. It is the highest price ever offered for a baseball player—about twice the Marty O’Toole figure.
McAleer [said], “I’ll give you $50,000 for Johnson and you turn him over to me tomorrow. Here’s $1,000 right now to bind the agreement.”
“Are you kidding me?” was the reply of the Senators’ manager.
“No, I’m not kidding,” replied McAleer. “Here’s the thousand on the table.”
Griffith refused to consider the offer.
Uh, Jimmy, I’m pretty sure the “Are you kidding me?” was more “You’ve gotta be joking, I’d never sell the best pitcher on the planet” than it was “Of course! $50,000 sounds great!”
for his generous support.
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