The sale price was
one of the highest of the day: $10,000. The New York club was proud of the way it
threw its cash around and it framed the canceled check and hung it in the team's offices.
While Seymour was a hard hitter, he was anything but a standout
outfielder. While he had 13 assists one year to set a league
record, any fly ball hit his way was an adventure. In 1908 he helped
lose a playoff game for the Giants when he misjudged a long fly ball hit
by Chicago's Joe Tinker. The ball wound up falling for a threerun
triple. Had Seymour caught the ball, the Giants would have been league
Seymour would be among today's
millionaires playing baseball. But when he died in September of 1919 at
the age of 46, six years after he quit playing, Seymour was penniless. Batting championships of 75
years ago just weren't worth much.