Frick reported that 1,185 boys had been signed as free agents since the bonus rule was dropped. Some 366 of these boys were paid bonuses exceeding $4,000. He said that the 16 major league clubs had guaranteed to pay $1.5 million in salaries to these bonus babies in the next four years and $4,790,060 in bonuses. That meant that a total of $6,290,060 has been ticketed for bonus babies in the next four years.
These figures made the owners shudder—and they developed a swift sympathy for the bonus rule they repealed last December.
But they put off doing anything specific until a future meeting. They adjourned, Bill Furlong raced downtown to the Daily News office, and the other sportswriters waiting in the press room were scooped again.