February 15, 1908
Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette
NAIL ON THE LID! RUBE WADDELL IS COMING
Scheduled to Reach French Lick This Week
His Rubelets Waddell, far famed as a left-handed pitcher, is due to arrive at French Lick the latter part of this week to begin training for the 1908 season. Rube is now the property of the St. Louis American league club, having been bought from the Philadelphia Americans last week. His first action when apprised of the deal was to wire President Hedges, of the St. Louis club, from Mobile, Ala., for $100. What he got was a railroad ticket and a coupon for a berth, with an order to a report immediately in St. Louis.
Hedges never even thought of standing for the touch. Imagine Rube in Mobile with $100 in his clothes. He probably would give an automobile parade through Main street. Rube and Jack Powell, of the St. Louis staff, will be shipped to French Lick one week ahead of the other members of the team.
Hedges smiled and was pleased when he received Waddell’s telegram asking for money. He knew Rube had not changed and he wants him just as he was when he was with the Athletics. He hopes that there also will be no change in his ability and that he can win a couple of pennants for St. Louis as he did for Philadelphia.