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Yogi, how'd you get 'em to give you so much money this year!" Roy Campanella, the Brooklyn Dodger catcher, asked Yogi Berra, the catcher with the New York Yankees. "Did you take a big stick along with you?"
Yogi Berra grinned. "You believe everything you read in the papers?"
"Not exactly! But, gee! You sure got somebody's number!"
"Who you kiddin'?" Berra countered. "You're getting more than they said."
"No, I am not kiddin'!" Campanella's normally high voice rose higher with excitement. "Bat I wish I was kiddin' Uncle Sam."
The two catchers who in 1955 were voted the Most Valuable Players in their leagues, each for the third time, shook their heads sadly. They had just signed 1956 contracts for a reported $50,000 a year for the Yankee and $42,500 for the Dodger.
"What can we do with baseball?" Berra moaned. "We can't take out nothin'. Right away they know what we got to pay."
"That's right," Campanella agreed, "we can't deduct expenses. Just some equipment...why, those sweatshirts I wear sometimes cost $25 and $30 apiece."
"...And $24 for a pair of baseball shoes." "I wear out about four pair a season." Campanella looked begrudgingly at his feet.
"I use about six," Berra said gloomily.