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Re: Pale Hose History
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    On December 4 in Baseball History...

    1914 - Walter Johnson accepts an advance from the Federal League Chicago Whales. Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court, claiming he has paid Johnson for the reserve option in his contract. Griffith travels to Coffeyville, Kansas, to persuade his franchise player that the option clause is legal and binding. Whales manager Joe Tinker says he has signed Johnson for $16,000 and given him a $6,000 bonus. Two weeks later Griffith signs Johnson for three years at $12,500 per year and returns the bonus to the Feds.

    1927 - Pirates outfielder Paul Waner noses out Frank Frisch for NL MVP honors, 72 points to 66. Rogers Hornsby, Cubs pitcher Charlie Root, and Giants shortstop Travis Jackson also score high.

    1943 - In a deal that owner Clark Griffith will recall as one of the worst he ever made, the Senators sell All-Star Bob Johnson to the Red Sox. The outfield slugger will enjoy two solid seasons with Boston, hitting .302 for the Fenway Faithful, before retiring at the age of 39.

    1943 - On the basis of testimony given by former manager Bucky Harris, who was fired during the season by the Phillies, and other evidence, Philadelphia owner William Cox is suspended for life for betting on games played by the team that he owned. The ruling, made at an appeal hearing, makes the youngest owner in the league the first non-player to be banned from baseball by Commissioner Landis, renown for his zero tolerance for gambling in the sport.

    1952 - The Browns trade utility man Jay Porter along with second baseman Owen Friend and outfielder Bob Nieman to the Tigers for outfielder Johnny Groth and pitchers Hal White and Virgil Trucks, author of two no-hitters last season. Porter, who is called J.W by his teammates, signed as an 18 year-old "bonus baby" in 1951, will missed the next two seasons due to military service before continuing his brief major league career .

    1957 - The major league owners eliminate the bonus rule which was implemented in 1953. The edict required 'bonus babies', who signed a contract for more than $4,000, to stay on the major league roster for two full seasons, which created much resentment with teammates and in many instances delayed the development of talented players.

    1958 - The Dodgers trade Gino Cimoli to the Cardinals in exchange for former Rookie of the Year Wally Moon and right-hander Phil Paine. The club's new outfielder will quickly become known for his 'Moon Shots', 250+ foot high fly balls to left field at the LA's Memorial Coliseum which clear the 40-foot-high screen for home runs.

    1963 - The Tigers trade pitcher Jim Bunning to the Phillies for catcher Gus Triandos, pitcher Jack Hamilton and outfielder Don Demeter. The right-hander will become the first pitcher since Cy Young to win a hundred games in both leagues.

    1964 - Baseball approves a free agent draft. At their winter meetings in Houston, the minor-league and major-league organizations establish a system, basically like that of professional football, which will take effect in January 1965 and be held every four months thereafter. Choices will be exercised by clubs in inverse order of their previous year's standing. Draftees must be included in their club's forty-man roster or be susceptible to claim at the waiver price the following season.

    1965 - Masanori Murakami, 4-1 in 1965, does not renew his contract with the Giants, signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000.

    1968 - The Orioles deal minor league prospect John Mason and veteran outfielder Curt Blefary to the Astros for Elijah Johnson, Enzo Hernandez and hurler Mike Cuellar. The right-hander from Cuba will spend eight years with Baltimore averaging nearly 18 wins a season.

    1976 - Aurelio Rodriguez becomes the first AL third baseman since 1959 to beat out Brooks Robinson for the Gold Glove Award. Other newcomers on The Sporting News fielding team include third baseman Mike Schmidt, outfielder Dwight Evans, and catcher Jim Sundberg. That trio will combine to win 24 Gold Gloves.

    1988 - The Orioles trade veteran first baseman Eddie Murray to the Dodgers for pitchers Ken Howell and Brian Holton and infield prospect Juan Bell.

    1990 - The Giants sign Yankee free agent Dave Righetti (1-1, 3.57, 36 saves) to a four-year deal worth nearly $10 million. After the South Bay native's playing days are over, the left-hander reliever will become the club's long-time pitching coach.

    1995 - The home run ball Cal Ripken hit on the night he tied Lou Gehrig's record is sold by Michael Stirn, a 32-year carpenter who caught the historic horsehide, to a Maryland businessman at an auction for $41,736. The lucky Oriole fan had offered the ball back to the Baltimore third baseman through the club, but never received a reply.

    1997 - The White Sox hire Jerry Manuel as manager, replacing Terry Bevington, who was fired after a disappointing season. The Marlins, who have jettisoned their best and highest-paid stars weeks after winning the World Series, now lose their bench coach in Manuel. It is his first major-league managing job.

    2003 - The Red Sox announce the signing of Terry Francona to three-year deal, with an option for a fourth, to be the team's manager. The 44 year-old former Phillies' skipper replaces Grady Little, who became the scourge of Red Sox Nation after failing to remove Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the ALCS.

    2005 - Reaching a preliminary deal with the Dodgers a day before baseball's winter meetings, Rafael Furcal agrees to a $39 million, three-year contract to play shortstop in the City of Angels. The 28-year old Dominican infielder was also strongly pursued by the Braves, his former team for the past six seasons, and the Cubs.

    2007 - In an unexpected blockbuster trade at the winter meetings, the Tigers acquire Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins in exchange for six prospects. To get the highly touted Fish, Detroit trades southpaw Andrew Miller, outfielder Cameron Maybin, and four other highly regarded minor leaguers.

    2007 - The Royals sign heavy-hitting Jose Guillen (.290, 23, 99) to a three-year, $36 million deal. The 31 year-old outfielder, who played with the Mariners last season which chose to declined its $9 million option for him, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, allegedly purchased nearly $20,000 worth of banned substances from 2003-05.

    2007 - Needing nine votes from the 12-member executives/pioneers committee, Bowie Kuhn receives 10 and is voted into the Hall of Fame. The former Commissioner of Baseball, who served in the post from 1969 through 1984, bests his nemesis, Marvin Miller, the executive director of the players' union from 1966 to 1983, who garnered only three votes in his bid for Cooperstown.

    2008 - The Atlanta Braves trade Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Jon Gilmore and Santos Rodriguez to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan.

    2009 - The Brewers sign free-agent Gregg Zaun (.260, 8, 27) to a $2.15 million, one-year deal. The 38-year old catcher, who played with Baltimore and Tampa Bay last season, will replace Jason Kendall behnd the plate for Milwaukee.

    2009 - "Oh, my!", Dick Enberg is signed to a three-year contract by the Padres to do play-by-play for between 110 to 120 televised games per season. The soon-to-be seventy-five year old, known as a great story teller, hasn't called a game in more than two decades.

    2009 - San Diego names Jason McLeod as the team's assistant general manager. The former Red Sox director of amateur scouting is hired by the team's new GM Jed Hoyer, who also comes from Boston and served in the same capacity working as Theo Epstein's assistant before joining the club

    2011 - Eight months after leaving the sport rather than face a 100-game ban due to failing a drug test, Manny Ramirez applies for reinstatement from baseball's retired list. In a statement released by MLB, the 39-year old veteran would have to serve a 50-game suspension that would begin with the first game he is eligible to play as a condition of resuming his big league career.

    2012 - Longtime Philadelphia scribe Paul Hagen is selected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America as the recipient of the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award, an honor that recognizes a lifetime of excellence in baseball writing. The reporter was nominated along with retirees Jim Hawkins of the Detroit Free Press and Russell Schneider of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    2013 - The Boston Red Sox signed A.J. Pierzynski as a free agent.

    2013 - The Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan as a free agent.

    2014 - At a Safeco Field news conference, the Mariners announce that the team has signed free-agent Nelson Cruz to a four-year, $58 million deal. Seattle acquired the right-handed slugging outfielder, who lead the big leagues with 40 home runs last season while playing for the Orioles, to bat behind Robinson Cano, giving the switch-hitting second baseman more protection in the lineup.

    2015 - The Red Sox announce the team has signed southpaw David Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract, the largest deal ever given to a pitcher. The 29 year-old left-hander, who posted an 18-5 record hurling for the Tigers and Blue Jays last season, is projected to be the ace of a talented rotation that includes Wade Miley, Clay Buchholz, and Rick Porcello.

    2015 - The Diamondbacks come to terms with Zach Greinke, much to the chagrin of the Dodgers and the Giants who had sought to sign the highly-touted free agent. The 32 year-old right-hander agrees to a reported $206.5 million, six-year deal, making his annual average salary ($34.4 million) the richest in the history of the sport.

    2015 - The Marlins hire the former steroids-tainted superstar Barry Bonds, who joins the staff of newly hired manager Don Mattingly as the teamís hitting coach. The return of the 51 year-old all-time home king to baseball is seen by some as way for him to enhance his Hall of Fame chances, but his presence in Miami may also be beneficial for a 71-91 team that finished next to last in the majors in runs and home runs, and last in walks.

    2015 - The Chicago White Sox signed Dioner Navarro as a free agent.

    2015 - The Chicago White Sox signed Jacob Turner as a free agent.

    2016 - The San Diego Padres signed Hector Sanchez as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 4...

    1860 - Falch, Anton
    1866 - Mars, Ed
    1868 - Burkett, Jesse
    1870 - Carey, Scoops
    1875 - Corbett, Joe
    1876 - Krug, Henry
    1876 - Farrell, John
    1878 - Hope, Sam
    1878 - Mahar, Frank
    1883 - Moroney, Jim
    1884 - Schlitzer, Biff
    1885 - Collins, Shano

    1890 - Shawkey, Bob
    1892 - Meador, Johnny
    1893 - Nelson, Luke
    1896 - Conkwright, Allen
    1899 - Bass, Doc
    1902 - Corgan, Chuck
    1916 - Sanders, Ray
    1918 - Metzig, William
    1923 - Strahs, Dick

    1930 - Kuenn, Harvey
    1933 - Ricketts, Dick
    1938 - Bryan, Billy
    1942 - Billings, Dick
    1944 - Bales, Lee
    1953 - Beamon, Charlie
    1954 - Ashford, Tucker
    1956 - Garbey, Barbaro
    1957 - Sheridan, Pat
    1957 - Couchee, Mike
    1957 - Smith, Lee
    1960 - Green, David
    1961 - Infante, Alexis
    1962 - Jefferson, Stan
    1963 - Brito, Bernardo
    1967 - Sherman, Darrell
    1974 - Iguchi, Tadahito

    1975 - Yarnall, Ed
    1980 - Chacin, Gustavo
    1981 - Williams, Jerome
    1982 - Fox, Matt
    1985 - Brackman, Andrew
    1985 - Gomez, Carlos
    1990 - Jones, Zach
    1990 - Nesbitt, Angel
    1992 - Alcantara , Raul
    1992 - Musgrove, Joe
    1992 - Snell, Blake
    1993 - Blackburn, Paul

    Baseball Deaths on December 4...

    1902 - Mansell, Mike
    1915 - Purner, Oscar
    1919 - Peitz, Joe
    1926 - Lizotte, Abel
    1944 - Bresnahan, Roger
    1954 - Madigan, Tony
    1957 - Jordan, Jimmy
    1957 - Ness, Jack

    1958 - Murray, Red
    1962 - Smith, Jack
    1962 - Cantwell, Ben
    1966 - Willis, Joe
    1968 - Yde, Emil
    1971 - Ockey, Walter
    1974 - Luebke, Dick
    1977 - Rizzo, Johnny
    1979 - Dibut, Pedro
    1979 - Delmas, Bert
    1981 - Hollmig, Stan
    1982 - Sedgwick, Duke
    1989 - Lembo, Steve
    1991 - Thomas, Herb
    1991 - McGee, Dan
    1994 - Scarritt, Russ
    2001 - Popowski, Eddie
    2010 - Lehman, Ken
    2016 - Locklin, Stu




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