User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Contract negotiation between a 22-year old Stan Musial and Cardinal owner Sam Breadon

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    25
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Contract negotiation between a 22-year old Stan Musial and Cardinal owner Sam Breadon

    Stan Musial completed his first full season in 1942 and refused to sign the Cardinals contract offer of $5,500. Here are three letters from St. Louis owner Sam Breadon negotiating with the 22-year old Musial. The correspondence starts out cordially then heats up.

    “We have had great outfielders on our ball club, including Hafey, Medwick, Terry Moore, and Slaughter, and none of them in their second year received a contract for as much as $5,500.”

    The owner acknowledged Musial’s potential, writing, “I don’t question that you are a good player, and have a chance to become a great player…”.
    Breadon also warns Musial that he may fall out of favor with the fans, referring to the public as fickle. Toward the end of the letter, Breadon even talks of suspending holdouts.

    In the final letter Breadon makes his strongest push, writing, “We could write letters until the end of the season and get no place, therefore, I suggest that you come to St. Louis, and if you do not sign a contract, and want to stay out of baseball in 1943, we will pay for your round-trip expenses.”
    The Cardinals eventually signed Musial $6,250, a full $750 more than Breadon offered. Musial rewarded the team by leading the league in hits, doubles, triples, total bases, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

    At season’s end Stan Musial was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. That’s quite a bargain for $6,250.

    The letters can be seen on this page.

    The website has pages for every HoFer and a couple hundred more players, executives, and umpires. Nearly every page has signatures of the game's greats. Search the name of your favorite players and take a look.

    Thanks for your consideration.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Musial 1.jpeg   Musial 2.jpeg   musial 3.jpeg   Musial 4.jpeg  

  2. #2
    Senior Member Musial Collector's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    5,138
    Mentioned
    140 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Love it, thanks for posting.
    Sent using my two hands, ten fingers, a keyboard and an internet connection.

  3. #3
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Near Philly, PA
    Posts
    29,584
    Mentioned
    91 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    I didn't see it posted, but where are the letters now, in a collection, museum or in team office?
    Don't forget to use the FCB Link when buying on eBay!

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    25
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The letters are in my collection. It was fun to finally put everything on a website. More of the collection can be found at CooperstownExpert.com. Hope you get a chance to view it. Every HoFer has a page and there are a couple hundred non-HoFers too. Everything on the site is in the collection.

  5. #5
    Senior Member MrMet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    The Poconos
    Posts
    11,536
     mrmet17
    Mentioned
    606 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wow, that is super cool


    Sent from my iPhone using Freedom Card Board mobile app

  6. #6
    Featured Contributor
    The best players in history?
    Super Moderator
    Topnotchsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    9,333
     Topnotchsy
    Mentioned
    40 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd heard about the negotiation. This is outstanding! Didn't know you were on these boards, but good to see you!

    For those who haven't checked it out, check out Jim's website. It's an amazing collection of baseball history!

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Mystic, CT
    Posts
    2,613
     Kyouk20
    Mentioned
    39 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Very cool to see the letters. To me it's a reminder that things like that will happen less often. I can't imagine in 2060 that anyone is going to be interested in knowing great detail on the Machado/Padres negotiations.
    Perhaps I'm wrong, but I think to some degree we have lost part of the ability to romanticize the game with mega contracts and scheduled days off and all or nothing results.
    I still love the game and I understand that it's all evolving with the intent to win but with that comes unintended consequences, decades down the line there will be fewer stories like this from the current time.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    21
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Amazing, very kind of you to share all that history!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •