Friday, July 15, 2011

A Man Who Would Sell His Soul For Money

One hundred dollars was what made Mullane break his contract. Lucas had promised to pay him $2,500 for the season. Toledo gives him $2,600. In the St. Louis Club last year Mullane was looked upon as the closest fisted man in the team. He was never known to spend a cent, and he never refused anything, from a cigar down to a bottle of soda. Money brought him into the Lucas Club, and money drew him away from that organization. By his comrades he was looked upon as a man who would sell his soul for money; and, while he has not done that yet, he has bartered away what little honor he possessed, and for a very small sum. This is a true picture of the man who grew George McGinnis' salary last year and his own, but who is not worthy to rank with that player, either in nerve, skill or character.-[St. Louis Critic.]
-Cleveland Herald, February 25, 1884


David Ball said...

Mullane himself said he had jumped back to the American Association because he feared the Unions would collapse, leaving him blacklisted. That very nearly did happen to Dunlap, Shaffer and others.

Jeffrey Kittel said...

I have a post coming up in the next few days with that quote from Mullane. The point I ended up making was that, if the money was close to being equal, jumping back to the League or the AA was probably the smart move to make.

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