“After the Red Sox traded me to Cleveland [in 1969], I held out for seven days. I told [Commissioner] Bowie Kuhn: ‘I’m not going. I was making more in the off-season [in endorsements] than my salary, and I want to be compensated.’ “I agreed to meet him, and that morning I watched ‘Sesame Street’ on TV. They were teaching kids about saving a penny a day. When I saw [Indians general manager Gabe Paul], I told him: ‘I’ll play for the minimum if you give me double a penny for every home run I hit. One cent, then two cents, then four.’ And Cleveland had a huge ballpark. He wouldn’t go for it. I hit 30 home runs. I would have made more than the entire club (an extra $5.3 million). But I did get $100,000 a year for two seasons — fourth-highest in the game.”
Maybe Hawk is a descendant of the Persian rice guy.