"It was a good bonus rule," said one man, "if it was enforced. It just wasn't enforced.... Does anyone believe the present system is right?"
If anyone did, he didn't open his mouth.
Two other factors bothered the American League about the bonus, or draft, rule: 1) the attitude of the National League; 2) the attitude of Commissioner Ford Frick....
They feared [ Frick] would not risk angering the National League owners by bringing up the subject. Nor that he would act as an enforcement agency for the old bonus rule.
"Why not? He's working for us, isn't he?" said Johnson....
"I think in the meeting tomorrow you should suggest it," [Harridge] said. "I'd like to hear you...discuss it as openly as you did today. You've got to be emphatic with him." "We've still got to put the Commissioner on the spot," said one man.
Next day the Commissioner was on the spot, and so—at his air vent outside—was Bill Furlong:
Frick told the assembled owners that he had been presented with a bill for $150,000 by Robert Coyne, an alleged lobbyist, whose working address is in New York City. The bill, Coyne told Frick, was for his work in getting admission taxes to baseball games—as well as to movies and other sporting events—reduced to 10% of the admission price....
"The Commissioner feels that we have neither a legal nor a moral obligation to pay him," said Frick.