Clipping:A fake offer to inflate a salary offer

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Date Wednesday, November 19, 1884

The silly story going the rounds to the effect that Williamson had been offered $10,000 to sign a three years’ contract with Mr. Lucas is said to owe its birth to a little trick played by the big third baseman. He and Gore were the last men to sign with Chicago, and Williamson, in order to get the salary and advance money he wanted, had one of his friends in St. Louis posted to send him a telegram at the right moment making him a fabulous offer to go to St. Louis. Williamson opened the ‘wild cat’ telegram in the presence of several of the Chicago team, and in a moment they hurried off to hunt Spalding and tell him the news. The president lost no time in finding Williamson, the latter stated his terms, and Spalding signed him without further ado. It was not the salary as much as the amount of advance money that was bothering Williamson, and wanted $1,000 in advance to square up and live through the winter on., quoting an unidentified Cincinnati paper

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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