Baseball historian and noted Rube Waddell expert, Dan O’Brien, emailed me this nugget about the Cubs purchase of Waddell…109 years ago to the date!
It’s good stuff. Enjoy!…
On this date 109 years ago (May 3, 1901), Chicago’s National League team purchased Rube Waddell from the Pirates. Contrary to a popular myth, the purchase price was not a box of cigars.
Chicago Daily News—May 3, 1901
LOFTUS GETS HIS MAN
Chicago Manager Strengthens His Team by Signing Pitcher Waddell
WILL PLAY SUNDAY
Eccentric Twirler to Be Brought Home with Rest of Orphans
Special to The Chicago Daily News
Pittsburg, Pa., May 3—Manager Tom Loftus announced this morning that he had signed Rube Waddell, the noted southpaw of the Pirates, and that the new pitcher would make his first appearance as an Orphan next Sunday at Chicago in the first game of the series between the Orphans and the Pirates on the Chicago National grounds. The terms of the deal were not made public, but it is known that good money was paid by Loftus for the release of the eccentric twirler.