“DIARY OF A WINNER”
THE LAST ONE FOR 86 YEARS
September 8, 1918 ... No game scheduled ... Both the Red Sox and Cubs arrived in Boston shortly after 11 PM this evening. The American League champions scattered to their various towns and homes, while the Cubs were taken to the Hotel Brunswick.
On the way east there were numerous conferences among the players on the matter of World Series money. Under the present arrangements the athletes were told that the winner's share will only amount to $900 each, while losers will get $300 each. The National Commission had stipulated that the winning team would receive $2000 each and the losing team would receive $1400 each, provided that the players share for the first four games amounted to $150,000. It did not even amount to $75,000 and out of that must come 50% to be divided between the teams that finished second, third and fourth in both major leagues. Following the conferences today a committee was appointed by both clubs to take the matter up with the National Commission today. In stipulating the $150,000, the players declare that the commission was figuring on last year's ticket prices and forgot that the seat prices were cut in half this year because of the war.
There is nothing approaching a strike or lockout, but it is believed that a satisfactory factory agreement will be reached after the delegates on each staff get the ear of Ban Johnson, August Herrmann and John Heydler. The players on both teams are very keen to get all that is coming to them. Before they Sox left for home, a committee waited on Pres. Frazee and induced him to pay their salaries up to September 15th. Word had slipped out that certain players on the club had been guaranteed their salaries at least up to that date, and when the others heard of it they got busy. When the Cubs heard what the Sox had found out, they too sent their walking delegate to their Pres. Charlie Weeghman with a similar ultimatum.
Everything is in readiness at Fenway Park for the opening of the Boston games of the World Series. The sale of pavilion and bleacher tickets will start at the box office at 9:30 tomorrow morning and the gates will be open at the same time. There are still some reserved seat tickets left and these will be sold directly to those who desire them.
There will be the usual band concert before the opening of the game, a collection will be taken up for the benefit of the Clark Griffith "Bat and Ball" fund, and some prominent theatrical people, now played in Boston, will do the canvassing. The approach to the ballpark from Kenmore Square, can now be made via Brookline Avenue, because a new footbridge over the railroad tracks, as been built. The bridge is however closed to vehicle traffic, so automobiles must approach from the other side of the ballpark.