Sunday, November 8, 2009

Joe Battin's Obituary

Akron, O., Dec. 11 (AP).-Joseph V. Battin, 86, once the highest salaried player in baseball, died here today.

Battin's baseball career included 15 years with major clubs, beginning with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1874. Later he played with the St. Louis Browns as catcher and captain of the team. At the peak of his career he drew $700 a month.

Connie Mack was playing with the Minor League Hartford Club when Battin spotted him and recommended him to the Washington Senators.
-Washington Post, December 12, 1937

No mention of the gambling scandal. People will forget a great deal over sixty years.

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