Ray Barton, the St. Paul, Minn., cartoonist who created the famous Twins image of two players shaking hands across a river, died of cancer over the weekend, according to multiple reports. He was 80.
Barton, the reports stated, was paid $15 in 1961 to create the image. At the time, he assumed it would grace the sides of Dixie Cups at Metropolitan Stadium for Minnesota's new Major League team, the Twins. But then-owner Calvin Griffith decided to turn the drawing into the team's official logo.
I think it is a good move by the Pads as it only cost them $2M and he can be easily traded to a contender during the playoff run if the Pads are eliminated early. Today, $2 million is nothing. Good use of their money with a low risk factor.