Clipping:The decline of Phenomenal Smith

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Date Wednesday, January 5, 1887
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[from a column by George Williams, former manager

.0 of the Mets] ...there is to be no contest over Phenomenal Smith. The New Yorks now would not give $500 for him (they doubled my bid of $3,000 last summer), and the Detroits do not want him. When I offered $3,000 for Smith's release he was worth the money as an advertisement, and was in his prime, but I never considered him as the equal of some pitchers in the American Association or League. Had I got him when I wanted Smith he would have earned all that he cost, but now he is no longer a phenomenon. Even in California he does not come up to the mark.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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