Sport: Bonus Babies

Hank Greenberg, general manager of the Cleveland Indians, was close-mouthed about the exact bonus price, but admitted: "It's the highest ever given to any player"—even higher than the $100,000 the Pittsburgh Pirates paid last year for Pitcher Paul Pettit. Cleveland's newest bonus baby (most famous: Pitcher Bob Feller) is 18-year-old Pitcher Billy Joe Davidson, reported by wide-eyed scouts to be more poised and even faster than Feller when he hit the majors in 1936.

Left-handed Davidson got his start early. When he was three, his father used to toss a ball with his son in the backyard at Marion, N.C. Since then,...

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