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Can you buy talent?

Mike "King" Kelly

Mike “King” Kelly

1887 was just a plain weird year for the Braves (then known as the Boston Beaneaters). No one had ever heard of buying and selling players. A new innovation for the league for sure.

The innovation did not help their record as they barely broke .500 with a 61-60 record ending up fifth in the league, 16 1/2 games behind. It wasn’t ever clear who was the manager. Was it John Morrill or the “$10,000 Beauty” (the bought player), King Kelly?

It would be the third consecutive fifth place finish for the Braves. So much for “buying” talent.