This day in baseball: Ruth’s 1933 contract

Babe Ruth signed his 1933 contract with the Yankees on March 24th of that year.  In the face of the Great Depression, Ruth found himself forced to take quite a pay cut from his previous year’s salary of $75,000.

Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert had initially proposed a $25,000 cut down to $50,000 for the year, which Ruth refused to signed.  Nevertheless, the Babe reported to Spring Training hoping to work out a better deal for himself in the meantime.

Finally, however, Ruppert issued an ultimatum, telling Ruth that if he did not sign by March 29th, he would not be permitted to travel back north with the team.  Ruth finally settled for a $52,000 contract, stating, “I expected a cut, but $25,000 is no cut, that’s an amputation.”

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“MLB Begins,” by Robert Heemstra

This piece is a few years old, but I came across it this morning, and I would say the timing is still appropriate.  The weather might still be iffy in spots, but only five days remain until spring officially arrives!

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Preseason Baseball
two-thousand-sixteen
is now underway
oh what fun it is
watching baseball played

the grapefruit league
the cactus league
in Florida
Arizona

who’ll make team
and who won’t
get in shape

April
for real

play

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This day in baseball: Dodger car accident

Attempting to beat a 12:30 a.m. curfew on March 5, 1958, the Dodgers’ Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer sustained minor injuries in a car accident in Vero Beach, Florida.  This automobile mishap was the third involving the Dodgers within the last two months, with prior crashes involving Roy Campanella and Jim Gilliam.

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Back to baseball

Today, pitchers and catchers for most teams around the league will be reporting for Spring Training!  Welcome back, baseball.  We missed you.

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One week until pitchers and catchers report

Almost there!

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Two weeks!

Pitchers and catchers report two weeks from today!

Baseball on grass


18 days

Hang in there…  Only 18 days left until pitchers and catchers report!

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