The Bull Pen

Aug. 27, 1960, Dodgers

Aug. 27, 1960: The Dodgers' apparent refusal to sell their future made for an interesting if confusing story.

The team apparently turned down $1.8 million for Frank Howard, Willie Davis, Ron Fairly and three other players. "They are not for sale," Walter O'Malley told The Times' Frank Finch.

So what team had that much money to pay for prospects?

Well, there wasn't one. Turns out nine teams made offers for the six players and the $1.8 million represented the "six best offers," Finch said. Oh.

One team offered $400,000 for Howard, the mammoth young outfielder with the impressive power. He already led the Dodgers in home runs, but he also was striking out at a record pace with 86 strikeouts in 83 games.

The Dodgers traded Howard in 1964 to the Washington Senators in a package that brought pitcher Claude Osteen to Los Angeles. One of the Dodgers included in the deal was pitcher Pete Richert. One of the 1960 minor league Dodgers listed in Finch's story was pitcher Pete Reichert — I'm guessing he meant Richert.

— Keith Thursby

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