Clipping:Foreseeing reduced salaries

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Date Saturday, June 14, 1890

[from W. I. Harris's column] I wonder sometimes if the players of both leagues who have not gt guarantees or long contracts ever speculate as to the future of base ball salaries. Do they ever think what a continuance of this base ball conflict really means for them in 1891 and 1892, or what the result will be should one side or the other go under altogether. With something like 250 first-class ball players on the market, what would become of salaries? When the reduction comes, and it surely will, who will be made responsible for it by the players? Suppose the war continues. Are the backers of the various base ball clubs going to turn philanthropists and put up money for big salaries that do not come in at the gate? 'Twill be only the very best men who will last in the sunshine that follows big money, and even there will be taken from the men who keep themselves in the best of physical condition and who are to be relied upon at all stages of a season's work. The outside salaries for the majority will be in the neighborhood of $2000, and only a favored few will touch $3000. This swill be one of the results of the great fight of 1890, and a result which is pretty sure, no matter which way the fight goes. There may be some circumstances to prevent a general reduction, but they are not in sight at present. Nor do I see now how the reduction can well be avoided. It is only a question of time and not a very long time at that.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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