In the middle of this arbitration season, we should pause to remember one of the stories that made the late Bob Feller one of baseball's true iconoclasts.
Indeed, on this date in 1950, after a below-average season — probably the worst in his career to that point — Feller took a pay cut of about $20,000 from the Cleveland Indians.
And it was his own suggestion, Indians' GM Hank Greenberg said at the time (via the Wilmington Morning Star):
"You can call this 'a very drastic pay cut.' Feller thinks it's drastic, too. But he himself made the suggestion. In fact, he offered to (take the) 25 per cent maximum pay cut allowed.
"There was absolutely nothing to it. We all agreed quickly on the figure after Bob showed up yesterday."
Yes, the Nolan Ryan of his time demanded a pay cut. Don't even bother imagining this happening today. Feller's agent (which was himself, back in '50) would never allow it. Peer pressure wouldn't allow it. The rules of collective bargaining probably wouldn't e...