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By Ronald T. Waldo

Elected to the Baseball corridor of popularity in 1945, Fred Clarke begun his occupation in 1894 with a list day on the plate, going five for five. He might pass directly to play for 21 years spending such a lot of that point because the player-manager of the Pirates, a group he resulted in 4 pennants and one international sequence Championship (1909).

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Dreyfuss had correctly anticipated that his team was to be one of the four to go, so the magnate put a plan in place to avoid being squeezed out of baseball. When it became apparent to Dreyfuss that his Louisville club would be placed on the chopping block, he began negotiations with other magnates. Louisville players like Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner were his biggest bargaining chip, which would be used to secure the best deal. Dreyfuss negotiated with various teams in the West before making the Eastern swing from Louisville.

Dreyfuss was not interested in selling his only box office draw. Freedman’s decision not to purchase Louisville was wise since players from that team could be available if Louisville was eliminated from the National League. Dreyfuss showed prudence by not handing over Clarke. If the Colonels were to push onward in 1899, they would need their fearless leader and strongest player. While Dreyfuss was attempting to sell the Colonels in New York, Clarke was spending the winter in Chicago. 35 Upon returning to Chicago, Clarke once again attended to his lucrative business enterprises.

Walt Woods was acquired from Chicago for future considerations in January. Louisville also selected Charles “Deacon” Phillippe from Minneapolis of the Western League as part of the 1899 major league draft. Phillippe came highly recommended, although it did not look as if the young twirler would be signing anytime soon. There was a large gap in salary between both parties which only was eliminated through divine intervention before Louisville left for spring training. “Deacon Phillippe,” said Dreyfuss, “was with the Minneapolis Club when I purchased his release and sent him a contract for $1,000 for the season.

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