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American Sports History #06: Baseball's Biggest Blunder

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The bonus rule of 1953-1957 required baseball players who signed a contract for more than $4,000 to remain on the major league roster for two full seasons. Kelley tells the stories of the bonus babies who reaped the benefits, and the others whose careers were destroyed by the rule.

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Recounts the effects of the bonus rule of 1953-1957, which required baseball players who signed a contract for more than $4,000 to remain on the major league roster for two full seasons. Looks at the careers of those who played under the bonus rule, using research from the files of the National Baseball Library as well as interviews with players and managers. Also tells how the bonus rule led to the free agent draft in effect today. Includes b&w photos.
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Synopsis:

Tells the story of the "bonus" rule, which required players who signed a baseball contract for more than $4,000 to remain on the major league roster for two full seasons, and the players involve .

Synopsis:

The bonus rule of 1953-1957 required players who signed a baseball contract for more than $4,000 to remain on the major league roster for two full seasons. These were the bonus babies young men of about 18 or 19 years old, so full of promise and talent that they overshadowed their high school or collegiate teammates and had professional teams scrambling to sign them. This system produced three members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, and Sandy Koufax) and several other long-time performers, but the bonus rule was also responsible for the destruction of many potential careers. In two years or less, professional baseball lost the likes of John Edelman, Bruce Swango, and Paul Martin. Kelley tells the story of the rule and the players involved, using the files of the National Baseball Library as well as interviews with many of the bonus babies themselves and other players, managers, and baseball executives of the day. He also provides a brief history of bonuses and explains how this rule led to the free agent draft in effect today. Photos.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810830493
Author:
Kelley, Brent
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Location:
Lanham, Md. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Human Resources & Personnel Management
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Bonus system -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Baseball players -- United States.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Number:
256
Series:
American Sports History
Series Volume:
06
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.77x5.73x.79 in. .80 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Tells the story of the "bonus" rule, which required players who signed a baseball contract for more than $4,000 to remain on the major league roster for two full seasons, and the players involve .
"Synopsis" by , The bonus rule of 1953-1957 required players who signed a baseball contract for more than $4,000 to remain on the major league roster for two full seasons. These were the bonus babies young men of about 18 or 19 years old, so full of promise and talent that they overshadowed their high school or collegiate teammates and had professional teams scrambling to sign them. This system produced three members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, and Sandy Koufax) and several other long-time performers, but the bonus rule was also responsible for the destruction of many potential careers. In two years or less, professional baseball lost the likes of John Edelman, Bruce Swango, and Paul Martin. Kelley tells the story of the rule and the players involved, using the files of the National Baseball Library as well as interviews with many of the bonus babies themselves and other players, managers, and baseball executives of the day. He also provides a brief history of bonuses and explains how this rule led to the free agent draft in effect today. Photos.
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