Baseball’s Bonus Babies: Conversations With 24 High-priced Ballplayers Signed from 1953 to 1957

Baseball's Bonus Babies: Conversations With 24 High-priced Ballplayers Signed from 1953 to 1957

In the mid-1940s, the post-war United States was a prosperous country, and baseball, had its own share of this prosperity. An expanding minor league led to unprecedented competition for young baseball talent. The ill-conceived idea of a signing bonus quickly introduced an element of financial competition into the sport of baseball, much to the discomfort of many minor league teams. Unable to compete with major league teams, the minor leagues pressed for restrictions on the bonuses paid to player

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