Originally Posted by gblowfish
My dad had an opportunity to play in the Cards minor league system in 1950. The same week he was going to sign, he got drafted and was evenutally sent to Korea. He was in the Army 24th Division, trained at Camp Chaffee in Ft. Smith, AR. Came home, got married, got a job. He was a big baseball fan until the A's left KC (he hated Charlie Finley) and then the Chiefs became his favorite sport after that. He followed the Royals but the Chiefs were his passion. Baseball Strike where the WS was cancelled really pissed him off too. He basically quit following baseball after that.
I'm sure in the 50's, just like the 40's when my Dad played in the minors, players worked their day jobs then showed up at night at the ballpark to play ball...Especially in Class D, like my Dad played in...LOL
So yeah, unless you were a real star who was sure to play in the majors some day, it wasn't worth giving up a decent job for a very slim chance at the majors when playing minor league ball would never pay your bills.