This Day in Twins History – February 11, 1974

Dick Woodson - Twins pitcher from 1969 - 1974

Forty-eight major league players invoke the new arbitration procedure established to settle contract differences. The first to go through the new process is Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson (seeking a contract for $30,000) and his team, the Twins (offering $23,000), who present their respective cases to Detroit lawyer and labor arbitrator Harry H. Platt, who must decide on one of the monetary amounts presented. Dick Woodson wins and a new era in baseball dawns.

To learn more about the arbitration process, how the Minnesota Twins have fared and to listen to Dick Woodson tell his story in his own words about this history making experience, check out the Twins Trivia Salaries page.

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