- May 6, 1921
- 6' 4"
- 210 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 6-26-1941 with DET
The $50,000 that Dick Wakefield received to sign with the Detroit Tigers in 1941, is equivalent to $500,000 in 2005 dollars.
June 21, 1941: Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent. December 17, 1949: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Yankees for Dick Kryhoski. April 15, 1952: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Giants. May 19, 1952: Released by the New York Giants. Wakefield's record signing bonus was like an albatross around his neck. He was loved by Tiger fans in 1943 and 1944, when he hit well over .300 and wa sone of the best players in the league. But when he returned from militarys ervice in 1946, his struggles brought boos and catcalls. It's probable that the youngster feasted on poor World War II pitching in '43 and '44, and settled down to his talent level when the ballplayers returned after the war. After so much promise as a stud off the Ann Arbor campus, he hit .293 in 638 games, with 56 homers and 315 RBI.
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