Paul offered me a
package deal of $112,000. That was all I wanted to hear, but I couldn't take it
on the spot. I had to talk to all those other guys first. I'd call them, thank
them, tell them I was committed to another club and pack my golf clubs and
Except I had one
little nagging doubt. The Red Sox were the most attractive team in baseball.
Their owner, Tom Yawkey, was famous for his kindness and generosity to his
ballplayers. Their general manager, Dick O'Connell, had done a fantastic job
rebuilding them in only a couple of years. Their manager, Dick Williams, was
tough, but a winner. They were in the heat of this pennant race and would be in
the heat of plenty of others in the years to come. And Boston was a good
I phoned Haywood
Sullivan in Boston and said, "Sully, I got an offer I like and I think I'm
going with this ball club."
yourself," he said. "We want you in Boston."
offer's real good. More than $100,000."
Hawk," Sullivan said. "Just because we made you one offer doesn't mean
that we can't make you another. The figure doesn't scare us, and we want you
"I don't like
to bargain. Sully," I said. "I suppose that's not good business but I
don't want to play one club against another. Besides, I really have made up my
Sullivan paused. Then he asked, "Is it an American League club?"
"It's in the
National League," I said.
he said, his voice relaxed, "that's fine, Hawk. I'm sorry we'll lose you,
but if you've made up your mind I guess there isn't much we can do."