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Phillies Bonus Babies, 1953-57

By Sam Zygner

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

Beginning in 1947 and ending in 1965, Major League Baseball instituted what became known as the “Bonus Rule.” Major league owners, many slow to react to changes in the landscape of the game, were coming to the realization that in order to build a winning team, it was necessary to build a strong farm system. The strategy centered on signing highly touted prospects with the hope that these players would develop and produce winning results. The “Bonus Rule” was an initiative by Major League Baseball to restore some semblance . . .

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