Sept. 9, 1958

Resting one-half game behind the White Sox for second place in the American League, the Red Sox traveled to Chicago for a three-game series. With the Yankees having all-but clinched the pennant, interest in a chase for second place may not have quickened the masses’ heart beat, but the players were well motivated.

Each player for the second-place teams in the eight-team American and National leagues received a $1,000 bonus.

At a time when $10,000 was considered a decent wage in the majors, a grand was far more than tip money.

So Red Sox manager Pinky Higgins vowed to have a quick hook with struggling pitchers. Since HIggins hadn’t received word of his status for 1959, he too had something on the line.

The White Sox swept the series and ultimately finished second. Higgins’ contract renewed.

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