Demotion Troubles Savage; Forces Trade

Filed under St. Louis Cardinals
May 14, 1967

Outfielder Ted Savage was so angry at being dropped from the Cardinal varsity at the May 10 deadline that he smashed his ukulele in the visitors’ clubhouse at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. But Savage was happier later when he wound up with the Cubs. “If nobody wants you, what’s the use of going back to Tulsa?” Savage asked after being informed that he and pitcher Jim Cosman had been optioned to the Birds’ Pacific Coast League farm.

At the time of the demotion, General Manager Stan Musial said he had tried hard to place Savage with another major league club because he was only halfway to the five-year-service minimum for a pension. Musial’s efforts finally brought results, May 13, just three days after the cutdown. The Cardinals sent Savage to the Cubs and outfielder John Kindl of their Tulsa club to the Cubs’ farm at Dallas-Ft. Worth in the PCL. In return, the Birds received two men from Dallas-Ft. Worth, getting outfielder Don Young for Tulsa and catcher Jim Procopio for Arkansas of the Texas League. Young had been with the Cardinals previously.

Savage, a 30-year-old native of the St. Louis area, had geared himself for another big league shot after falling short with the Phillies and Pirates. He said his legs, which had given him trouble, finally were fit again. One thing that hurt his chances with the Cardinals was the fact that Alex Johnson, though hitting poorly, had used up his options. Savage hit a pinch-hit single off the Dodgers’ Jim Brewer in his first appearance in a Cub uniform, May 14.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *