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Wills Negotiates a Ruthian Contract
2005-03-10 00:36
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

There's just something cool about revisiting Dodger history - and even cooler if it's your dad doing the telling.

Through the press clippings of his father, Rich Lederer at Baseball Analysts spins the tale of Maury Wills negotiating a contract in the neighborhood of $80,000 in March 1966 - a contract that for a brief moment made Wills the third-highest paid player in baseball behind Willie Mays ($125,000) and Mickey Mantle ($100,000).

At the time, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale were in their famous holdout. Ironically, as Lederer père pointed out, Drysdale was simultaneously having labor pains of a different sort.

"The tigers have turned on their trainer at Don Drysdale's restaurant in Van Nuys," George Lederer wrote. "Drysdale, as the world knows, is holding out with Sandy Koufax for a joint million-dollar, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"An official of the AFL-CIO Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union announced Tuesday that employees of Drysdale's restaurant have received strike sanction from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, adding that 'if Don can "strike" for his contract, so can his employees.'"

Rich Lederer hints that "The Best of George Lederer" might become a series on Baseball Analysts. We can only hope.

Comments
2005-03-10 13:40:28
1.   Woody
Dear Jon,

Pain in the butt to have to log-in on your new site. Don't like the format as much either. Hope it was worth the change for you and your ever increasing readship. However, I will remain a loyal fan of your writing, wherever I must go.

Good to see a strong pitching performance today. I will see the Sox-Dodgers twice between 3/21 and 3/27. My wife is a Johnny Damon groupie (bought her a Damon jersey as a gift). There's some dissention in our household (we both spent 25 winters in Vermont post college and prof school). I rooted my a-- off for the Sox in the AL playoffs and series, but my heart will alway be with the Dodgers.

P.S. I like the editing feature. Always embarrassing to look like an illiterate moron when commenting in the past.

2005-03-10 13:42:50
2.   Woody
Didn't realize "Big D" screwing the working class.
2005-03-10 14:00:09
3.   Jon Weisman
Interested in your thoughts, Woody. Is it really that bad to log in? You log in once and then you're done, right? And we haven't asked for any extra info - just an e-mail address.

Let me know what you don't like about the format - interested in your feedback.

2005-03-10 14:10:16
4.   Mark
Speaking from a purely visual point of view, the site looks absolutely nothing like what you would expect a Dodgers site, or a baseball site for that matter, to look like.

There is no easy way to view the archives, from what I've seen. Maybe this is because there are no archives, I don't know-- but that brings up another point. I wouldn't like to lose all of the previous articles just because you decided to switch hosts, Jon.

2005-03-10 14:15:31
5.   Jim Hitchcock
You only have to log back in when you close and reopen your browser...no big deal. If it's a tradeoff between having to reposition the comment window (and waiting for that window to reload...sometimes took a while) and the new format, I'll take the latter. Pretty impressive
for beta, Mr. Ken.

One minor hitch...when my name was reset, my password changed somehow. It added a digit, and doesn't work, even when I erase that digit. I have to erase it and type in the original again.

Sorry to be a pain.

Oh, and OT for a moment, I remember the Drysdale/Koufax contracts as being touted as
the `Baby Bonus', for $100,000 each.

2005-03-10 14:24:38
6.   Jon Weisman
Just want to remind you all to read the disclaimers. This isn't the finished product. We're gonna have the archives, we're gonna have the sidebar, and much, much more.

I'm not sure what to make of Mark's comment that "the site looks absolutely nothing like what you would expect a Dodgers site, or a baseball site for that matter, to look like." I didn't know there was a standard for that. I don't say that facetiously. I just don't know what to make of the comment.

2005-03-10 14:27:06
7.   Marty
Bonus babies were people like Willie Crawford, I don't remember the Koufax/Drysdale hold-out called that.
2005-03-10 15:07:58
8.   Ken Arneson
Jim,

Email me at support at baseballtoaster.com and we'll try to figure out your password problem.

--Ken

2005-03-10 18:14:45
9.   gvette
Always wanted to go to Big D's Dodger Dugout in the Valley, but had a hard time convincing my Dad why he should take his nine year son to a bar. Had no idea you'd have to cross a picket line to do it.

Off topic, thanks to Ken for helping me get through the registration hurdle. For a while, it felt like when I was in college, trying to get through the bouncer at the Whisky.

2005-03-10 19:12:10
10.   Howard Fox
Jon, don't worry about what all the winers say about the site...its the steak, not the sizzle...
2005-03-11 00:41:33
11.   Bob Timmermann
I think Mark was expecting a Dodgers site to have more blue on it. The site has a somewhat generic look to it.

For all I know, if I weren't looking at the URL or the Page Title I could be commenting on a blog about how to properly grow tarragon.

2005-03-11 10:42:30
12.   Mark
Sorry, yes, I should be more clear; the site looks like a website designed by a programmer, rather than a website designed by a graphic designer. Maybe that's how it was, I dunno. I keep expecting a Slashdot-esque moderation system to pop up. The background seem awfully... tan... to represent the best Dodgers site out there.
2005-03-11 10:47:52
13.   Jon Weisman
Gotcha. We'll work on that ...
2005-03-11 11:00:01
14.   Jim Hitchcock
A public thanks to Ken and Jon for figuring out my password problem (Ken worked long into the night)!

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