This was interesting and i'm not sure if it's in the books mentioned but i know I learned it from posts on this site was how Pete gray was a liability during the 1945 season and the Browns had a chance to win the pennant had the Browns played their regular starter. But they chose to sell Pete Gray to fans instead of winning a pennant. It was something along those lines but the original poster has a nice thread on it probably in the St. Louis Brown section.
"(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack
"I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)