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eastchicagosoxfan
09-11-2007, 04:38 AM
Anyone remember Jim Derrington, from the late 1950's? He's hardly a household name, but someone must have thought he was something special. The Sox brought him up as a 16! year old. He was back as a 17 year old, but 1957 was his last season. He was through as a Major Leaguer at 18. His stats aren't off the wall bad. Does anyone remember his bonus baby? I'm a bit more puzzled because those were good sox teams, hardly desperate for pitching. Here's link:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Jim_Derrington

KRS1
09-11-2007, 07:06 AM
Looks like he had very poor control. Perhaps he was just a hard thrower who blew his arm out.

http://dev.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Jim_Derrington_1939&page=chronology

The $50000 bonus baby
Sep 10, 1956 (http://dev.baseballlibrary.com/chronology/byyear.php?year=1956) - The White Sox (http://dev.baseballlibrary.com/teams/team.php?team=chicago_white_sox) sign 16-year-old California pitcher Jim Derrington to a bonus of $50000-$60000.

eriqjaffe
09-11-2007, 12:16 PM
Paper of Record (http://www.paperofrecord.com) is great for this sort of stuff:

Sporting News, 9/19/1956:

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/5206/derrington1fn9.jpg

...and in an irony we'll all appreciate, here's a snippet of a column from the Sporting News from 10/17/56 that refers to Derrington as a Cub:

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/763/derrington2mm8.jpg

...after 1957, Derrington bounced around in the minors for a number of years, apparently. Paper of Record gives references to him playing for Indianapolis, Colorado Springs and somewhere in the South Atlantic League.

Lip Man 1
09-11-2007, 12:29 PM
There is an item in This Date In Sox history coming up that covers this.

Lip

eastchicagosoxfan
09-11-2007, 12:48 PM
There is an item in This Date In Sox history coming up that covers this.

Lip
Cool. Joe Nuxhall was 15, but he returned several years later, and was a solid pitcher for several years, before entering broadcasting. I know other guys were drafted young, but simply didn't play, Harmon Killebrew and Mel Ott come to mind.

wilburaga
09-11-2007, 12:55 PM
IIRC, Derrington was one of many victims of the 'Bonus Baby' rule in effect circa 1953-1957. Amateurs who signed for more than a certain amount were required to take a major league roster spot immediately, and keep it I believe for 2 years. Sandy Koufax was a bonus baby, and he had a troubled start to his career because his premature presence on the roster spelled the end for one Tommy Lasorda. To which I say good!

W

SBSoxFan
09-11-2007, 03:36 PM
Cool. Joe Nuxhall was 15, but he returned several years later, and was a solid pitcher for several years, before entering broadcasting. I know other guys were drafted young, but simply didn't play, Harmon Killebrew and Mel Ott come to mind.


I thought Nuxhall was a catcher.

Lip Man 1
09-11-2007, 06:44 PM
Wilbur:

The White Sox got caught with this situation in 1963 when they had two 'bonus babies' and could only keep one. The rules at the time stated that the other player would have to be outright released.

In early April 63 Bruce Howard beat Denny McLain 2-1 in an intersquad scrimmage. He got promoted to Double A Lynchburg, Virginia.

McLain was claimed by the Tigers the following week.

Lip

soxinem1
09-11-2007, 06:47 PM
I thought Nuxhall was a catcher.

Nuxhall was a pitcher.

I remember Mike Morgan pitching against the NYY about a week after graduating High School, Robin Yount as a teenager in MLB, and Clyde Wright or David Clyde being about 17-18 when they came up. Mickey Mantle was also quite young, but that is all I can remember of young guys off hand.

eriqjaffe
09-12-2007, 10:05 AM
Felix Hernandez, Dwight Gooden and Britt Burns all made their MLB debuts at age 19. In fact...

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=schwarz_alan&id=2124179