On 17 June 1914, the Baltimore Orioles offered six players to the Chicago White Sox for $16,000. Ten days later, Sox owner, Charles Comiskey, refused saying, “Do not need pitchers bad enough to go that high.”
The players were Birdie Cree, Bert Daniels, George Twombly, Ezra Midkiff, Claude Derrick, and a guy named “Babe” Ruth.
it was known that both the Philadelphia Athletics and Cincinnati Reds passed on purchasing Babe Ruth from the Orioles just before he was sold, along with Ernie Shore and Ben Egan, to the Red Sox for $25,000 on 9 July 1914.
Connie Mack was offered the same three players at a price of $10,000 two days earlier but balked at the price. The Reds also passed on Ruth, purchasing George Twombly and Claud Derrick instead, who, interestingly, were two of the players George Mills recommended to Comiskey.
George Herman Ruth