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Hall of Famer Walter Johnson had signed to play for the Chicago Whales in 1915. He was given a $6,000 bonus but was later convinced by the Washington Senators to break his contract and go back to the American League. There was a slight problem as Johnson had already given the bonus money to his brother. Senators owner, Clark Griffith tried to raise the money so that it could be given back to the Federal League. He asked American League president Ban Johnson for the money but was flatly refused. Griffith then asked Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey who asked why should he give the money. Griffith replied, "how would you like to have Walter Johnson playings for the Chifeds next season and drawing all those fans away from the White Sox?". Comiskey gave Griffith the money.
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