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Dodgers Get Record Winning Share of ’63 World Series

Oct. 16, 1963 - The world champion Los Angeles Dodgers will receive an all-time high of $12,794 per man for their winning share of the 1963 World Series, and the New York Yankees will get a record losers’ cut of $7,874 in the only $1 million player pool in history. The total receipts, $1,995,189, were the largest ever for a 4-game Series, surpassing the previous high in the 1954 Giants-Indian matchup by $439,000. The Dodgers’ individual share was $1,563 more than they earned for winning the 1959 Series from the Chicago White Sox to establish the previous money record. The Yankees, even in losing, received more money than they earned for defeating the Cincinnati Reds in the 1961 Series. The fact that the Series lasted only four games did not affect the size of the shares since the players share only in receipts of the first four games in any Series. Dick Nen, the rookie first baseman called up by the Dodgers in the last two weeks of the season, was voted a $1,000 cash award for hitting a game-tying home run in the final St. Louis series. The benevolent Dodgers also awarded a half share of $6,397 to relief pitcher Ed Roebuck, who was traded to Washington in mid-season, and a $1,000 cash award to Don Zimmer, also traded to the Senators. The Dodgers also gave a quarter share to Mrs. John Griffin, widow of the former Dodger clubhouse attendant who died in May.

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