1974 – Forty-eight major league players invoke the new arbitration procedure established to settle contract differences. The first is 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. Woodson wins. Get the story first hand on what transpired and why from Dick Woodson by going to my Salaries page and listen to the interview I had with Dick about this subject. You will find the interview about half way down the page.
1985 – Twins 1B Kent Hrbek signs a new contract that makes him the club’s first $1 million player.