Posted by Neil Paine on January 8, 2010
This is a great piece of baseball history from the archives at the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin... It's an interview conducted on August 4, 1957 between Mike Wallace (of 60 Minutes fame) and "Rapid Robert", the great Bob Feller. Here's the description from the site:
"Bob Feller, one of the great baseball pitchers of all time, talks to Wallace about ballplayers' salaries, the reserve clause, rich ball clubs, Pay TV, beer companies as sponsors, bean balls, gambling, and Joe DiMaggio versus Ted Williams."
If you can make it through Mike's over-the-top cigarette hawking, you'll get an interesting take on the way players felt about their compensation during the height of the reserve clause years.