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Monday, January 06, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2020

Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, January 6, 1920:

BABE RUTH IS BOUGHT BY YANKEES FOR $125,000

Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox, baseball’s super-slugger, was purchased by the Yankees [yesterday] for the largest cash sum ever paid for a player. The New York club paid Harry Frazee of Boston $125,000 for the sensational batsman who last season caused such a furor in the national game by batting out 29 home runs in 140 games, a new record in long distance clouting.

Miller Huggins, manager of the New York Americans, [yesterday] announced he had signed Babe Ruth, champion home run hitter, to play with the Yankees next season…He refused to state what salary Ruth was to receive.

President Harry H. Frazee of the Boston Americans said [yesterday] that he had sold Babe Ruth to the New York Americans because he thought it was an “injustice” to keep him with the Red Sox, who “were fast becoming a one-man team.”

Mr. Frazee said that he would use the money obtained from the New York club for the purchase of other players and would try to develop the Red Sox into a winning team.

As you probably know, Frazee did no such thing. The rest of the Sox transactions before the end of the 1920 season: Traded Bill Lamar and (reportedly a small amount of) cash for Tim Hendryx, claimed Jigger Statz on waivers, purchased waiverbait outfielder Gene Bailey from the Braves, claimed Elmer Myers on waivers.

This was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad trade.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-23-2019

Pittsburgh Press, December 23, 1919:

RUTH MAY BE WITH YANKEES

Babe Ruth, “home run king,” aspiring movie actor, and ambitious heavyweight, may run around the pastures in the Polo Grounds next season. A deal is rumored which will bring him to the Yankee fold. Harry Frazee, owner of the Redsox, who is contemplating an argument with the dissatisfied fielder did not deny the possibility. “I’ll sell anything I have for the right price,” he was quoted as saying.

Harry. Stop. Don’t do this. This is a bad idea, Harry. You know the thing people say to Nanette? That.


 

 

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