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In all, then, counting the initial payment, notes, interest and loan, the Yankees put up more than $400,000 in cash and credit to obtain Ruth. They knew what they were getting, in more ways than one. The contract of sale reveals that Ruppert and Huston were well aware of Ruth's discontent with his $10,000-a-year salary with Boston and the likelihood that he would demand a substantial increase when he learned of his transfer to New York. The second clause in the agreement said if Ruth did not report before July 1, the deal was off and Frazee would return the cash and the notes. The third clause said if Ruth demanded an increase in salary and the Yankees "deem it necessary to increase his salary in order to retain the services of the said player," the Yankees would pay the increase as long as it did not raise Ruth's salary beyond $15,000. If they had to go beyond $15,000, the Red Sox would be obliged to pay "such excess up to the sum of Twenty-five Hundred ($2,500) for each of the years 1920 and 1921." The fourth clause said if Ruth did not ask for a salary increase but did demand a bonus for agreeing to play with the Yankees, the New York club would spring for the first $10,000 of the bonus but the Red Sox would have to pay anything over that up to $15,000.
In brief, the Yankees anticipated trouble with Ruth. To allay it, they hurriedly dispatched the diminutive Huggins to California to find him and discuss things. Announcement of the deal was to be delayed until Huggins met with the Babe. In California, Huggins had some trouble tracking down the restless Ruth but eventually found him playing golf in Griffith Park. When Ruth came off the course, Huggins introduced himself.
"Sure," Babe said, shaking hands. I've been traded to the Yankees, he said to himself.
They found a quiet place and made small talk for a few minutes. Then the manager said, "Babe, how would you like to play for the Yankees?"
"Have I been traded?"
"Well, the deal hasn't been made yet. I'd like to find out a few things. I want to know if you'll behave yourself if you come to New York."