Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey could have bought Ruth and 5 other players initially for the $18K from the Baltimore Orioles. We know the names of all the players because George Mills(a top scout for Comisky in New England) and Charles Comiskey communicated with telegrams and the players' names were recorded in vintage pencil notations along the base of the telegram: “Cree, Daniels, Twombley [sic], Midkiff, Derrick, Ruth.”
Years later, Mills’ sister Ethel, realizing the historical importance of this telegram, felt obligated to provide further details of the negotiations taking place at that time. Written along the bottom and right-hand borders of the album page, framing the telegram, is this important information: “Note: George told me he could have all six men for $18,000 but Comiskey turned thumbs down. Too much money. Ethel.”
The fact that the White Sox were the initial pursuers, nearly a month earlier than the A’s and Reds, has been lost from all historical accounts and probably would have never been known if Mills’ wife had not created an album containing these telegrams for her husband.
Robert Edward Auctions was the agency contracted to handle these documents and when the granddaughter of George Mills first contacted them regarding this scrapbooktook, they were astonished on the sheer number of letters and telegrams and that it was taken good care of it for all of these years.
That information has been undocumented and unknown to almost every historian prior to the public emergence of this album, thereby making it one of the most significant discoveries relating to baseball history in recent times. It also was the source for this answer.
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