Talk about an instant gratification.
Below is a United Press Photo from 1956 featuring a understandibly ecstatic Cark Erskine and an equally happy Walter O'Malley. Why are they sporting such large grins, you ask?
Well, on May 12, 1956 Erskine threw his 2nd no-hitter in his career versus the hated New York Giants, 3 to 0. As a reward, O'Malley handed Erskine a $500.00 check. Instant bonus money, baby!
As a reminder to how low paid these old-timers were, $500.00 would equal $3,902.81 in todays dollars.