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Re: Pale Hose History
« Reply #4500 on: December 06, 2017, 12:04:18 am »

    On December 6 in Baseball History...

    1913 - Exhibition teams made up of White Sox and Giants players make a Tokyo stop as part of their world tour and play each other at Keio University Stadium. The Sox win, 9-4. The next day, a combined team defeats Keio University 16-3, then the White Sox beat the Giants, 12-3.

    1920 - A lawsuit that awarded $264,000 damages to the Baltimore Federal League club on April 12, 1919, is reversed by a court of appeals, which upholds the reserve clause and holds that baseball is not interstate commerce nor subject to antitrust laws. The original suit was initiated because the Baltimore Feds were not included in the settlement of the Federal League war. They wanted a major league team in Baltimore and didn't get it.

    1941 - The Giants select Mel Ott to replace Bill Terry as the team's skipper. The new manager spent all of his 22 years in the majors with the franchise hitting 511 home runs during his Hall of Fame career.

    1946 - The major leagues finally accept the contention that invasion of minor league territory will result in compensation for the entire league. The major league clubs agree to return the selection of the All-Star teams, except for pitchers, to a fan ballot.

    1952 - In an effort to curb inter-league trading after June 15th, the American League approves a two-league waiver rule.

    1954 - The Tigers trade first baseman Walt Dropo, outfielder Bob Nieman and pitcher Ted Gray to the White Sox in exchange for Ferris Fain and Jack Phillips.

    1959 - The Reds trade Frank Thomas to Cubs in exchange for reliever Bill Henry. The deal, which also includes Lou Jackson and Lee Walls coming to Cincinnati, gives the team a southpaw out off the bullpen who will save 17 games for the eventual world champions in the upcoming season.

    1959 - The Indians trade fan-favorite Minnie Minoso with Dick Brown, Don Ferrarese and Jake Striker to the White Sox for Norm Cash, Bubba Phillips and John Romano. The 34 year-old 'Cuban Rocket' will play in every game for Chicago next season, leading the American League in hits (184) and stolen bases (13) while collecting a Gold Glove for his defensive play in left field.

    1960 - The new Los Angeles American League franchise is awarded to cowboy movie star Gene Autry and former football player Bob Reynolds. After four seasons of playing at Dodger Stadium, the team will move to Anaheim, a short distance from L.A., and will be known as the California Angels (1965-1996), the Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) and then, to better market the team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

    1964 - Major League Baseball releases its official 1964 batting averages that confirms Twins' outfielder Tony Oliva, who finished the season hitting .323, is the first rookie to win a batting title. The recently crowned American League Rookie of the Year finished ahead of Orioles' third baseman Brooks Robinson (.317), who copped the circuit's Most Valuable Player Award.

    1968 - William Eckert, sometimes referred to as the 'Unknown Solider', resigns as baseball commissioner. The former U.S. Air Force lieutenant general who served as the game's fourth commissioner from 1965-68, will be replaced by Bowie Kuhn.

    1973 - The Dodgers trade pitcher Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Astros for outfielder Jim Wynn.

    1976 - The Brewers trade first baseman George Scott and outfielder Bernie Carbo to the Red Sox for Cecil Cooper. Cooper will become a dominant player during the early eighties appearing in five All-Star games batting over .300 in the first seven of his eleven years with Milwaukee.

    1984 - The White Sox trade 1983 AL Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt and two minor leaguers to the Padres for pitcher Tim Lollar, utility man Luis Salazar, and minor leaguers Ozzie Guillen and Bill Long. Guillen will win the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1985.

    1989 - The Mets trade reliever Randy Myers to the Reds for fellow closer John Franco.

    1989 - Free-agent closer Jeff Reardon signs with the Red Sox. While in Boston, 'The Terminator', who will save 88 games during the three years with the team, becomes the all time leader with 342, breaking Rollie Fingers' previous record.

    1989 - Outfielder Joe Carter is traded by the Indians to the Padres for Chris James, Sandy Alomar and Carlos Baerga.

    1990 - The signature of Shoeless Joe Jackson, known not to read or write, is purchased for a record $23‚100 at New York's Leland's auction house, making the bid the highest amount ever paid for a 19th or 20th century ballplayer's autograph. The White Sox outfielder copied the inscription from one written out by his wife from an unknown document.

    1997 - The Devil Rays start selling individual tickets to the general public for the team's inaugural season. The Opening Day game will sell out in 17 minutes.

    2001 - Bud Selig tells the House Judiciary Committee that baseball owners, due to the current system, cannot be competitive and are losing money. The commissioner uses many statistics to make his case including a team without a payroll in the top 25 percent has failed to win a single World Series game over the last seven years.

    2002 - The MLB Players Association agrees to allow the Expos to play 22 of its home games in Puerto Rico. In an effort to increase overall attendance, the team will play three homestands at San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, but still will host 59 contests at Olympic Stadium in Montreal
    2004 - The Mets and Royals exchange right-handers with starter Brian Bannister going to Kansas City and reliever Ambiorix Burgos heading for the Big Apple. The son of former major league southpaw Floyd Bannister will place third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting earning nine victories for the last-place club, and the 23-year old Dominican will appear in only 17 games for New York being derailed by injuries and off-the-field incidents.

    2005 - At the Winter Meetings, the Blue Jays continue to keep their wallets open as the team agrees to a five-year, $55 million deal with A.J. Burnett (12-12, 3.44). The signing of the Marlin free agent who many consider the best starter available on the market, comes on the heels of Toronto giving B.J. Ryan $47 million over five-years making it the richest contract in baseball history.

    2005 - Filling a two month managerial void, the Dodgers hire Grady Little as the team’s skipper. The former Red Sox manager, who compiled an outstanding 188-136 (.580) record in two seasons in Boston in 2002-03, is best remembered for not pulling a tiring Pedro Martinez during the eighth inning of ill-fated Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

    2005 - Trevor Hoffman agrees to stay with the Padres, signing a $13.5 million, two-year contract which includes an option for 2008. The Tigers had courted the veteran closer, but could close its deal when San Diego improved the club’s offer for the second year and made the accomplishments triggering the option year a bit easier to reach.

    2006 - The Philadelphia Phillies traded Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Freddy Garcia.

    2007 - The Dodgers and Andruw Jones (.222, 26, 94) reach a preliminary agreement on a $36.2 million, two-year deal, the fifth-highest average salary in the major leagues. The 30-year old center fielder from Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, has won ten consecutive Gold Gloves, but suffered through one of the worst offensive seasons in his 12 years of playing with the Braves.

    2010 - The Red Sox complete their deal for Adrian Gonzalez by sending minor league right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes and a player to be named to San Diego for the All-Star first baseman. The left-handed slugger, who is expected to take advantage of the Green Monster's close proximity to home plate, is entering the last year of his contract, and the deal does not include a contract extension to stay in Boston.

    2010 - A trade between two last-place teams sends Arizona slugger Mark Reynolds to the Orioles in exchange for right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. The O's new third baseman will bring much needed offense to Baltimore and San Diego's acquisition of the young pitchers will strengthen the team's bullpen for the late innings.

    2011 - During baseball's winter meetings, the White Sox trade closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays in exchange for Nestor Molina, a 22-year old right-handed prospect with a 27-7 minor league won-loss record and a 2.21 ERA overall. Toronto's new reliever, who recorded 30 saves in 36 opportunities with Chicago last season, will be an upgrade for the club whose top closer in 2011 recorded only 17 saves.

    2011 - The Baseball Writers' Association of America selects Bob Elliott as the recipient of the 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his "meritorious contributions to baseball writing". The Canadian writer, who has practiced his craft for the last 30 years, covered both the Expos and Blue Jays and is presently a columnist for the Toronto Sun.

    2013 - The Miami Marlins signed free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a 3 year/$21 million contract.

    2015 - The Detroit Tigers signed Mike Pelfrey as a free agent.

    2016 - The Chicago White Sox make a bold move by trading their 5-time All-Star ace LH starting pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 6...

    1852 - McSorley, Trick
    1867 - Berger, Tun
    1873 - Wolverton, Harry
    1882 - Rowan, Dave
    1885 - Stansbury, Jack
    1886 - Morse, Hap
    1893 - Eibel, Hack
    1894 - Betzel, Bruno
    1894 - Mueller, Walter
    1896 - Larmore, Bob
    1896 - Luce, Frank
    1899 - Conlan, Jocko

    1903 - Lazzeri, Tony
    1909 - Hack, Stan
    1913 - Kerksieck, Bill
    1914 - Tyson, Turkey
    1920 - Niarhos, Gus

    1925 - Pless, Rance
    1927 - Brown, Tommy
    1934 - Dobbek, Dan
    1937 - Velazquez, Freddie
    1938 - Samuel, Amado
    1942 - Umbach, Arnold
    1944 - Horton, Tony
    1945 - Dahl, Jay
    1945 - Bowa, Larry
    1952 - Baker, Chuck
    1952 - Schneider, Jeff
    1953 - Ward, Gary

    1954 - Parrott, Mike
    1955 - Rosado, Luis
    1957 - Bedrosian, Steve
    1959 - Sheets, Larry
    1963 - Blankenship, Lance
    1964 - Campbell, Kevin
    1966 - McDaniel, Terry
    1967 - Appier, Kevin
    1971 - Contreras, Jose

    1971 - Hyzdu, Adam
    1972 - Weber, Neil
    1972 - Short, Rick
    1977 - Cash, Kevin
    1978 - Bulger, Jason
    1978 - Basak, Chris
    1980 - Wassermann, Ehren

    1986 - Tucker, Ryan
    1988 - Eaton, Adam

    1991 - Mayers, Mike
    1992 - Gallagher, Cameron
    1995 - Cordoba, Allen

    Baseball Deaths on December 6...

    1911 - Hamill, John
    1911 - Glenn, Ed
    1942 - Rusie, Amos
    1943 - Hall, Charley
    1943 - Magoon, George

    1948 - Dammann, Bill
    1950 - Johnson, Jing
    1952 - Hurst, Don
    1955 - Wagner, Honus
    1959 - Conroy, Wid
    1962 - Hoffman, Dutch

    1965 - Crossin, Frank
    1975 - Stroner, Jim
    1977 - Pomorski, John

    1985 - Grimes, Burleigh
    1989 - Parks, Art
    1993 - Thomas, Ray
    1997 - Clinton, Lou
    1999 - Talcott, Roy
    2003 - Beers, Clarence
    2017 - Stallard, Tracy





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Re: Pale Hose History
« Reply #4501 on: December 07, 2017, 12:12:06 am »

    On December 7 in Baseball History...

    1937 - The Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams from San Diego of the Pacific Coast League, but he will not report to Boston until 1939.

    1939 - Lou Gehrig, age 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Gehrig, whose illness forced an end his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, hit 493 home runs and batted .340 over his career. He is the first player to have the existing rule waived that required a player to be retired one year before he could be elected.

    1939 - At the urging of Senator owner Clark Griffith, the other American League owners enact a rule prohibiting the league's pennant winner from buying, selling or trading players during the following season. The winter meeting decision appears to have the desired effect as the Yankees finish in third place.

    1957 - Tony Kubek (.297, 3, 39) is selected over Boston's infielder Frank Malzone (.292, 15, 103) by the BBWAA as the American League Rookie of the Year. Much to the dismay of the 27-year old Red Sox Gold Glove All-Star third baseman, he becomes ineligible when the writers, during the season, change the minimum number of career at-bats to determine rookie status.

    1962 - Tom Tresh, the Yankees shortstop and left fielder is selected as the American League’s Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA. The 24-year old son of former major league catcher Mike Tresh gets 13 of the 20 votes cast by the writers, with Bob Rodgers (4), Dean Chance (1), Dick Radatz (1) and Bernie Allen (1) also receiving consideration.

    1966 - Dick Ellsworth is traded by the Cubs to the Phillies for right-hander Ray Culp and cash. During his eight-year tenure in Chicago, the southpaw, who had both a 22-win (1963) and 22-loss (1966) seasons for the club, compiled 84 victories, the most by a North-side hurler during the decade.

    1973 - In a continuing housecleaning of hometown heroes, the Giants sell Juan Marichal to the Red Sox where the high leg-kicking right-handed Dominican will post a 5-1 record. During his 14 seasons with San Francisco, the future Hall of Famer compiled a 238-140 (.630) record.

    1973 - The Royals deal outfielder Lou Piniella and pitcher Ken Wright to the Yankees for veteran pitcher Lindy McDaniel. The controversial trade draws the Kansas City fans' ire, and rightfully so, when the 38-year old right-hander wins only a total of six games during his two years with the club with the 29-year old outfielder enjoying 11 solid seasons in the Bronx batting .295 and playing a major role in New York's four appearances in the World Series.

    1984 - The Mets send right-handed starter Walt Terrell to the Tigers in exchange for infielder Howard Johnson. New York's new third baseman will spend nine years with club and will return to the organization to become a minor league manager and big league coach.

    1988 - The Mets deal Wally Backman along with prospect Mike Santiago to the Twins for minor leaguers Jeff Bumgarner, Steve Gasser and Toby Nivens. The trade leaves second base open for Gregg Jefferies, but the highly touted rookie infielder will falter, hitting a meager .258 next season.

    1988 - Nolan Ryan becomes the first major leaguer to play for all four original expansion teams when he signs as a free agent with the Rangers, who played their first 11 seasons as the new Senators in Washington, D.C. The right-hander broke in with the Mets (1966, 1968-71) and was traded to the Angels (1972-79), before signing with the Astros (1980-1988), a team once known as the Colt .45s.

    1992 - The Reds sign free-agent outfielder Roberto Kelly to a three-year deal. The 28-year old All-star outfielder will play solid baseball for his new team, compiling a .313 batting average in 125 games in Cincinnati, before being traded to Atlanta during the season in 1994 for Deion Sanders.

    1995 - In addition to be traded from the Mariners to the Yankees along with relief pitcher Jeff Nelson and a minor leaguer for pitcher Sterling Hitchc0ck and infielder Russell Davis, first baseman Tino Martinez's wife gives birth, and he signs a $20.25 million dollar contract to play for the Bronx Bombers.

    1999 - The Mariners sign Mets' free-agent first baseman John Olerud to a 20-million, three-year deal. The former Washington State University All-American will garner a Gold Glove in each of his three seasons in Seattle, and he will play a pivotal role in the team's historic 116-46 campaign in 2001 compiling a .401 on-base percentage.

    2001 - In a rare deal between the cross-town rivals, the Yankees trade outfielder/DH David Justice (.241, 18, 51) to the Mets for third baseman Robin Ventura ( .237, 21, 61) . The teams have exchanged players only six times in forty years with the last time being in 1992 when the Mets dealt Frank Tanana for Kenny Greer, a minor league pitcher.

    2004 - The Executive Board of the Players' Association authorizes union head Donald Fehr and their lawyers to work on an new agreement which will be better address the steroid problem in major league baseball. The 40 players attending the meeting appeared to agree with the owners that more frequent and tougher testing is needed in light of the Balco scandal.

    2004 - After refusing a $60 million, four-year extension from the Red Sox last winter, Nomar Garciaparra signs a one-year deal with the Cubs, the team he was traded to in July, for $8 million. The all-star shortstop, who is coming off an injury- plagued season, can increase the value of the contract with bonus incentives based on performance and playing time to $11 million.

    2005 - The Rangers trade Alfonso Soriano to the Nationals for outfielders Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge, and minor league pitching prospect Armando Galarraga. By dumping All-Star second baseman’s salary, Texas frees up funds to seek much needed pitching.

    2005 - The Diamondbacks acquire All-Star catcher Johnny Estrada (.261, 4, 39) from the Braves for a pair of right-handed relievers,Lance Cormier (7-3, 5.11) and Oscar Villarreal (2-0, 5.27). The deal, which is the first for Arizona’s new general manager Josh Byrnes, fills the D-Backs need for a starting backstop and provides Atlanta to give emerging rookie Brian McCann more playing time.

    2006 - Near the end of the Winter Meetings, the Royals sign Gil Meche to a five -year deal valued $55 million, which matches Mike Sweeney's contract as the largest in franchise history. During his five years in the major leagues, all with the Mariners, the 28-year old right-hander has compiled a 55-44 career record with a earned-run average of 4.65 in 147 games.

    2006 - The Chicago Cubs today selected outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor league system in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft and traded him to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash considerations.  Making it both one of the best Rule 5 Draft choices and one of the worst prospect sales in MLB history.

    2009 - Adam Everett and the Tigers agree to a $1.55 million, one-year deal keeping the infielder in Detroit. The slick fielding shortstop batted .238 with three homers and 44 RBIs for the second-place club last season.

    2009 - Carl Pavano accepts the Twins' salary arbitration offer, keeping the right-hander with Minnesota next season. The Southington, CT native posted a 5-4 record with a 4.64 ERA in a dozen starts for the team after being obtained from Cleveland in August.

    2009 - The Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox short-season affiliate, well-known for their unique promotional events, publicly extend an invitation to Michaele and Tareq Salahi to attend the team's Eighth Annual Alumni Dinner to be held later this month at the city's Memorial Auditorium. The infamous couple have become recently newsworthy for their appearance at a White House State Dinner without being included on the guest list.

    2011 - At the Winter Meetings, Jose Reyes is introduced as the Marlins' new shortstop. The 28-year old switch-hitting infielder, the NL's batting champ, signed a six-year, $106 million contract to play with Miami after the cash-strapped Mets showed little interest in retaining their home grown All-star.

    2011 - Tim McCarver wins the Ford C. Frick Award becoming only the second television analyst, along with Tony Kubek, to be honored with the award which is given for broadcasting excellence. The former catcher and longtime broadcaster has provided local analysis for the Mets, Yankees and Phillies as well as appearing on the national stage doing the Game of the Week and postseason telecasts for NBC, CBS and FOX.

    2011 - The Marlins continue to sign prime free agents when they reach a deal with 32-year old southpaw Mark Buehrle (13-9, 3.59) for $58 million over four years. Miami has also have come to terms with shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell and are pursuing super-star Albert Pujols and starting pitcher C.J. Wilson.

    2011 - In separate deals with free-agents, the Pirates sign left-handed starter Erik Bedard and outfielder Nate McLouth, who played with the franchise from 2005 to 2009. The Bucs' new southpaw compiled a 5-9 record last season with Seattle and Boston, and the 30-year old Gold Glove flycatcher returns to the Steel City three years after being traded to Atlanta where he hit .229 in 250 games.

    2011 - The Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as the team's general manager to replace Ed Wade, who was fired last month in the first major moves made by new owner Jim Crane. The 45-year-old new GM, a vice president with St. Louis since 2003, will try to improve upon the Houston's 56-106 finish last season, the worst record in franchise history.

    2012 - The Nationals bolster an already solid rotation when the team signs veteran Dan Haren to a one-year deal for $13 million. The 32 year-old right-hander joins a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler.

    2013 - Jacoby Ellsbury agrees to a seven-year deal, valued around $153 million, to patrol center field for the Yankees, joining Brian McCann as the team’s second major free-agent signing this week. The outfielder, who played a major role in the Red Sox’s World Championship last season, also received offers from his former team, the Tigers and Mariners.   

    2015 - The Diamondbacks obtain right-handed starter Shelby Miller from the Braves for outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair, and Dansby Swanson, the first player selected in this year's MLB June Amateur Draft. The deal marks the first time a #1 overall pick has been traded within the first year of their career, a move made possible because teams are now allowed to trade recently drafted picks after the World Series.

    2016 - The Chicago White Sox traded RF Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez and RHP Dane Dunning.

    2016 - The Kansas City Royals traded Wade Davis to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Jorge Soler.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 7...

    1847 - White, Deacon
    1863 - Lovett, Tom
    1877 - Ferris, Hobe
    1885 - Yount, Ducky
    1886 - Schang, Bobby
    1896 - Davis, Bud
    1899 - Morris, Ed
    1901 - Judd, Ralph
    1906 - Piet, Tony

    1911 - Galehouse, Denny
    1911 - Johnson, Don
    1915 - Gee, Johnny
    1915 - Smith, Vinnie
    1916 - Comellas, Jorge
    1926 - Roche, Armando
    1927 - Donovan, Dick

    1930 - Freeman, Mark
    1930 - Smith, Hal
    1935 - Cardwell, Don
    1936 - Belinsky, Bo
    1941 - Toppin, Rupe
    1942 - Johnson, Alex
    1947 - Bench, Johnny
    1950 - Coggins, Rich

    1951 - Dade, Paul
    1955 - Thompson, Scot
    1956 - Virgil, Ozzie
    1963 - Mack, Shane
    1963 - Bates, Billy
    1963 - Austin, Jim
    1963 - Howard, Steve
    1967 - Martinez, Tino
    1972 - Dale, Carl
    1973 - Schmack, Brian
    1974 - Bell, Mike
    1976 - Hooper, Kevin
    1977 - Chavez, Eric
    1977 - Rivera, Saul
    1979 - Theriot, Ryan
    1984 - Baxter, Mike
    1989 - Hendricks, Kyle
    1990 - Baron, Steven
    1990 - Johnson, Brian
    1990 - Puig, Yasiel

    Baseball Deaths on December 7...

    1938 - Kearns, Tom
    1940 - Eells, Harry
    1945 - Crum, Cal
    1945 - Phelan, Dan
    1947 - Smith, Jud
    1953 - Jordan, Slats
    1959 - McGuire, Tom

    1962 - Newsom, Bobo
    1964 - Keefe, Bobby
    1964 - Karlon, Bill
    1969 - O'Doul, Lefty
    1974 - Dorman, Red
    1976 - Maas, Duke
    1977 - Sothern, Denny
    1980 - Urban, Luke
    1984 - Reed, Howie
    1986 - Bogart, John
    1987 - Richardson, Ken
    1990 - Flick, Lew
    1994 - Sacka, Frank
    2010 - Camper, Cardell
    2010 - Mahan, Art
    2012 - Carey, P.J.



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Re: Pale Hose History
« Reply #4502 on: December 08, 2017, 12:06:22 am »

    On December 8 in Baseball History...

    1914 - After weeks of rumors, the bomb drops: Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins, generally regarded as the game's finest position player, to the White Sox for $50,000. Collins signs a five-year contract worth $75,000 and gets $15,000 as a signing bonus. The deal breaks up the A's "$100,000 infield" and raises conjecture that Mack, too, will leave to manage the Yankees.

    1941 - Yesterday's bombing of Pearl Harbor and America's sudden involvement in the war changes the tentative plans of American League owners. At their meeting, the group was going to consider shifting the Browns from St. Louis to Los Angeles.

    1947 - Brooklyn acquires infielder Billy Cox and southpaw Preacher Roe from the Pirates, both will play vital roles in the success of the Dodgers during the next decade. The trade, which also includes utility player Gene Mauch, sends hurlers Vic Lombardi and Al Gregg as well as Dixie Walker, a former batting champ who asked to be traded in the spring because he didn't want to play with Jackie Robinson, to Pittsburgh.

    1951 - The AL alters its restrictions on night games, adopting the NL's suspended game rule and lifting its ban on lights for Sunday games.

    1961 - The Mets purchase outfielder Richie Ashburn from the Cubs. The veteran outfielder, who will the club's first-ever representative on the National League's all-star team, will be given a boat after being named the Most Valuable Player of the last-place team, which unfortunately will sink before he uses it.

    1966 - The Yankees trade two-time MVP Roger Maris to the Cardinals for third baseman Charley Smith. The former Bronx Bomber outfielder will play a key role in the Redbirds' World Championship next season and will help the club win another pennant the following year, while New York's newest infielder will hit only .224 during his two-year tenure in New York.

    1977 - Texas engineers a series of deals with the Braves, Mets, and Pirates, unloading a total of six players and getting three back. Among those involved are Jon Matlack and Al Oliver (to Texas), Bert Blyleven (to Pittsburgh), and Willie Montanez (to New York).

    1980 - The first major trade ever made at the annual winter meeting takes place in Dallas when Padres' reliever Rollie Fingers and Cardinals' catcher Terry Kennedy are the key players involved in an eleven-player swap.

    1983 - Owners elect former Yankees infielder Bobby Brown as president of the American League.

    1983 - Southpaw Sid Fernandez is traded by the Dodgers along with utility infielder Ross Jones to the Mets in exchange for infielder/outfielder Bob Bailor and left-hander Carlos Diaz. 'El Cid' will compile a 98-78 record along with a very respectable ERA of 3.14 during his ten-year tenure with New York.

    1992 - Former Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds signs the richest contract in major league history when he agrees to a $43-million, six year deal to play for the Giants. The free agent will not disappoint in San Francisco winning the National League Most Valuable Player award, his third in four years, hitting a career-high .336 batting average to go along with 46 homers and 123 RBIs.

    1992 - Dr. Bobby Brown, a former Yankee infielder, is elected by the owners to be the president of the American League. Replacing Lee MacPhail, the heart specialist will serve in the post until 1994.

    1997 - It's a busy day in Cleveland. The Indians sign Kenny Lofton to a three-year contract for $24 million (ironically, Cleveland traded Lofton to Atlanta in March 1997 because he was due to be a free agent). The Tribe, in turn, trades 1997 ALCS MVP Marquis Grissom to Milwaukee, which finished second in the Lofton free agent chase. Grissom, who came to Cleveland in the Lofton deal in March, goes to the Brewers along with Jeff Juden for Ben McDonald, Mike Fetters, and Ron Villone. The Indians aren't done yet; they swap Fetters to Oakland for Steve Karsay, and sign free agent pitcher Dwight Gooden.

    2005 - After signing the two-time gold glover shortstop to a four-year, $40 million deal, the Red Sox trade Edgar Renteria to the Braves for third base prospect Andy Marte, The 30-year old Colombian infielder, who led the majors with 30 errors last season, will help to void created when Atlanta free-agent Rafel Furcel signed with the Dodgers earlier this week.

    2005 - The Pirates send southpaw Dave Williams (10-11, 4.41) to the Reds for Pittsburgh area native Sean Casey. The popular first baseman, who is dubbed ‘The Mayor’ because of his outgoing personality, becomes expendable as Cincinnati seeks pitching to compliment its heavy-hitting lineup.

    2005 - Julio Franco, the oldest player in the major leagues signs a two-year deal with the Mets. The 47 year-old is last active player who was born in the 1950s.

    2007 - In U.S. District court, Barry Bonds pleads not guilty to to five felony charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Four years ago, the sworn testimony to a grand jury given by the new home run king, in which he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, is now being challenged by the federal government

    2008 - Receiving 10 of a possible 12 votes (83.3%) Joe Gordon is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. The 1942 Most Valuable Player, who played second base for the Yankees and Indians, was a nine-time All-Star and played on five World Series champion teams.

    2009 - Brad Penny and the Cardinals come to terms on a one-year deal which will pay the right-hander $7.5 million, with an additional $1.5 million available in incentives. After compiling a 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA and being moved to the bullpen by the Red Sox, the two-time All Star hurler (2006, 2007) asks Boston to release him which gives the 31-year old an opportunity to finish the season with San Francisco.

    2009 - Peter Gammons, who won the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award his outstanding work as a baseball journalist, announces he will be leaving ESPN to join the fledgling MLB Network as an analyst. The 64-year old reporter says he will miss his former employer of the past twenty years, but is excited about working in a venue which is "devoted to baseball, and baseball only".

    2009 - Avoiding arbitration, Mark Teahen and the White Sox agree to a $14 million, three-year deal. The 28-year old third baseman, acquired in a trade with the Royals last month for infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields, would have been been eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.

    2009 - Chone Figgins (.298, 5, 54) and the Mariners finalized the $36 million, four-year deal which will bring the former L.A. Angel to Seattle. The 31-year old infielder, who primarily played third, will switch to a new position if free-agent Adrian Beltre, the team's current third baseman, returns to the team after an injury-plague season.

    2009 - As a result of a three-team, seven-player deal, Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson leave the Tigers to play for the Yankees and Diamondbacks respectively, and New York right-hander Ian Kennedy is dealt to Arizona. The Bronx Bombers also send Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to Detroit and the D-Backs deal Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to Detroit.

    2011 - The Angels reach an agreement with Albert Pujols on a 10-year deal for a reported $254 million. The three-time NL MVP, who has spent his entire career with Cardinals, has compile a .328 batting average and hit 445 career home runs during his 11-year tenure in the major leagues.

    2011 - Chicago Cubs traded Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu to Colorado Rockies in exchange for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers.

    2011 - In the first of their two major free-agent acquisitions today, the Angels sign former Texas ace C. J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5 million deal. Later in the day, the 31-year old southpaw will be delighted to hear one of his new teammates will be Albert Pujols, who will sign a 10-year deal with the Halos for a reported $254 million.

    2014 - The Chicago White Sox claimed Rob Brantly from Miami Marlins on waivers.

    2015 - Amanda Hopkins is hired by the A’s as a full-time major league scout, becoming the the first female to hold that position in over seventy years. The 22 year-old former Central Washington University softball captain, whose dad is a scout, joins Edith Houghton and Bessie Largent, who held similar positions with the Phillies and White Sox, respectively, in the 1930's and 1940’s,

    2015 - The  St. Louis Cardinals traded Jon Jay to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jedd Gyorko and cash.

    2015 - The Chicago Cubs signed John Lackey as a free agent.

    2015 - The Chicago Cubs signed Ben Zobrist as a free agent.

    2015 - The Chicago Cubs traded Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees in exchange for Adam Warren and a player to be named later; the Chicago Cubs received Brendan Ryan (December 17,2015).

    2015 - The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Zack Greinke as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 8...

    1853 - Libby, Steve
    1856 - Rowe, Jack
    1868 - Halligan, Jocko
    1874 - Connor, Joe
    1877 - Thomas, Bill
    1879 - Thoney, Jack
    1879 - Austin, Jimmy
    1883 - Wacker, Charlie
    1885 - Kirkpatrick, Enos
    1887 - Dent, Eddie
    1889 - Redding, Phil
    1890 - McGraw, John
    1892 - Johnson, Walt

    1894 - Ledbetter, Razor
    1899 - Hehl, Jake
    1900 - Solomon, Mose
    1907 - Beckmann, Bill
    1918 - Zoldak, Sam
    1925 - Thompson, Hank
    1937 - Pagliaroni, Jim
    1940 - Alyea, Brant
    1941 - Brinkman, Ed

    1946 - Foster, Alan
    1950 - Foli, Tim
    1956 - Wirth, Alan
    1960 - Mizerock, John
    1965 - Orton, John
    1965 - Grotewold, Jeff
    1967 - McGraw, Tom
    1968 - Mussina, Mike
    1971 - Alston, Garvin
    1972 - Cabrera, Jolbert
    1973 - Davanon, Jeff
    1975 - Barkley, Brian
    1976 - Johnson, Reed
    1976 - Johnson, Rontrez
    1976 - Leon, Jose
    1978 - Wells, Vernon
    1981 - Casto, Kory
    1981 - Accardo, Jeremy
    1982 - Aceves, Alfredo
    1985 - Weinhardt, Robbie
    1985 - Donaldson, Josh
    1986 - Norberto, Jordan
    1987 - Torres, Alex
    1987 - McAllister, Zach
    1987 - Drabek, Kyle

    Baseball Deaths on December 8...

    1909 - Hogg, Bill
    1931 - Bellman, Jack
    1932 - Grey, Bill
    1935 - Louden, Baldy
    1945 - Fournier, Henry
    1948 - Ballenger, Pelham
    1951 - Lowe, Bobby
    1955 - Washer, Buck
    1958 - Friberg, Bernie
    1958 - Speaker, Tris
    1961 - Blank, Coonie
    1961 - Koupal, Lou
    1963 - Worthington, Red
    1966 - Bolden, Bill
    1968 - Karr, Benn
    1974 - Niehoff, Bert
    1975 - Blackwell, Fred
    1975 - Couch, Johnny
    1977 - Ewoldt, Art
    1978 - Cullop, Nick
    1979 - Young, Del
    1981 - Windle, Bill
    1985 - Madison, Dave
    1985 - Wambsganss, Bill
    1986 - Koehler, Pip
    1993 - Barnes, Bob

    1999 - Hebert, Wally
    2006 - Uribe, Jose
    2014 - Hicks, Buddy
    2014 - Kemmerer. Russ

    2015 - Gil, Gus
    2016 - Caballero, Putsy



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    On December 9 in Baseball History...

    1902 - The AL announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in New York, and the next day the NL declares its readiness to make peace in the war between the leagues.

    1913 - On the same day its owner Charles Ebbets is elected to the National League Board of Directors, the Dodgers offer the Reds $35,000 for Joe Tinker. The 33-year shortstop will jump to the Federal League as a player-manager of the Chicago Whales for $12,000 as Brooklyn delays meeting his salary demands of being paid a ‘commission’ of $10,000 of his final sale price of $25,000.

    1925 - The AL extends league president Ban Johnson's contract to 1935 and gives him a raise to $40,000.

    1931 - Baseball owners, fearful of the effects of the Depression, vote to cut squads from 25 players to 23.

    1936 - The AL approves night baseball for St. Louis. The NL adopts a new design for home plate. It will have beveled edges, the first change in 50 years. The AL adopts a rule stating that no batter can be batting champion unless he has 400 or more at bats.

    1941 - Although having a 3-C draft deferment due to being the sole support of his family, Bob Feller, last year's American League leading pitcher with 27 victories for the Indians, becomes the first major leaguer to enlist after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The 23-year old navy recruit has already won 107 major league games.

    1959 - The White Sox deal right fielder Johnny Callison to the Phillies in exchange for infielder Gene Freese, who will play in Chicago for one year after the trade before returning to the South side team in 1965. Philadelphia's new outfielder will become the mainstay in the City of Brotherly Love, compiling a .271 average, 185 home runs (5th best in franchise history, at the time) while providing rock solid defense during his decade with the team.

    1965 - The Reds deal Frank Robinson to the Orioles for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson. The trade, now considered among the worst in baseball history, was defended by Cincinnati's general manager Bill DeWitt who claimed the outfield slugger was "an old 30", prior to the future Hall of Famer winning the American League triple crown in his first year in Baltimore.

    1965 - Former Cardinals, Dodgers, and Pirates executive Wesley Branch Rickey collapses and dies while giving a speech to an audience in Columbia, Missouri eleven days shy of his 84th birthday. ‘The Mahatma’, who is responsible for breaking the color barrier in 1947 with the signing of Jackie Robinson and implementing the concept of farm systems for the major leagues, is named by ESPN in 1999 as the most influential sports figure of the twentieth century.

    1976 - The Rangers trade Jeff Burroughs to the Braves in exchange for Adrian Devine, Ken Henderson, Dave May, Roger Moret, Carl Morton, and an estimated $250,000. The former American League MVP (1974) will hit 41 home runs in his first season with Atlanta.

    1977 - The Mariners trade outfielder Dave Collins to the Reds for rookie left-hander Shane Rawley. The southpaw will post a 20-31 record during his four seasons in Seattle, and Cincinnati's new fly chaser will hit .284 in his seven years in the Queen City.

    1977 - The A's announce a deal which will send pitcher Vida Blue to Cincinnati for outfielder Dave Revering and $1.75 million in cash. Baseball commissioner Kuhn cancels the proposed deal stating the trade would be bad for baseball because it would benefit an already strong team without losing any significant talent in return.

    1980 - The Cubs trade reliever Bruce Sutter to the Cardinals for outfielder Leon Durham and infielder Ken Reitz. The future Hall of Fame closer will lead the league in saves in three of the four seasons he is with St. Louis.

    1988 - In a deal that is widely credited for starting a trend for more games being covered by a regional sports network than by over-the-air stations, the Yankees sign a twelve-year television contract with the Madison Square Garden Network. In 2002, the Yankees leave MSG to form a regional cable television channel, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network.

    1992 - Free-agent Greg Maddux signs the richest guaranteed contract ever given to a pitcher, a five-year, $28 million contract with the Braves. The current Cy Young Award winner leaves the Cubs, his team for the previous seven seasons, after contract talks become contentious.

    1992 - The Braves trade southpaws Charlie Leibrandt and Pat Gomez to the Rangers for infielder Jose Oliva. Leibrandt, a 15-game winner for Atlanta during the previous two seasons, becomes expendable with today's acqusition of Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux.

    1993 - Randy Johnson (19-8, 3.24, 308) re-signs with the Mariners for $20.25 million over three years. The 29 year-old southpaw will post a 36-8 record during the term of the deal, with half of the victories coming in the Unit's 18-2 campaign in 1995.

    1994 - The Rangers trade Jose Canseco (.282, 31, 90) to the Red Sox for outfielder Otis Nixon and infielder Luis Ortiz. During his two seasons with Boston, the 29 year-old slugger will compile a .298 batting average and will hit 52 of his 462 career home runs.

    1997 - The Giants signed former Dodgers nemesis Orel Hershiser. The 39-year old right-hander, who will post an 11-10 record with a 4.41 ERA in 202 innings, will spend only one season with San Francisco before moving on to the Mets the following season.

    1997 - Prior to their inaugural season, the Devil Rays sign free agent third baseman Wade Boggs. The future Hall of Fame infielder will play the final two seasons of his career with Tampa Bay, collecting his 3,000th hit in 1999.

    2000 - At a Coors Field press conference, the Rockies announce the signing of free-agent starting pitcher Mike Hampton to richest contract in baseball history, a $121 million, eight-year deal. The southpaw will compile a 21-28 record during his two-year tenure with Colorado before going to the Braves in 2003.

    2003 - Kazuo Matsui, a Japanese seven-time All-Star shortstop, agrees to a three-year $20.1-million deal with the Mets. Twenty-eight year-old 'Little' Matsui hit .305 with 33 home runs while driving in 84 runs last season with the Seibu Lions.

    2004 - In probably their best free agent signing ever, the Chicago White Sox sign outfielder Jermaine Dye.  Dye would end up winning the 2005 World Series MVPAward and played five years with White Sox.[/

    2007 - Milton Bradley reaches a preliminary agreement with the Rangers on a $5+ million, one-year contract. The former free-agent Padres outfielder will be used as a designated hitter when not chasing fly balls.

    2008 - Tony Kubek becomes the first analyst to be a recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, an honor reserved for broadcasters by the Hall of Fame. Known for his outstanding work on the NBC Game of the Week telecasts, the former Yankee and Blue Jay broadcaster has not watched a single baseball game on television since he signed off the air in 1994.

    2009 - Andy Pettitte (14-8, 4.16) agrees to a $11.75 million, one-year deal to return to the Yankees next season. The 37-year old southpaw played a key role in the team capturing its 27th World Championship going 4-0 in his five postseason starts, including victories in the clincher in all three postseason rounds against the Twins, Angels, and Phillies.

    2009 - The Astros trade minor league prospects right-hander Robert Bono, infielder Luis Bryan and and a player to be named later to the Marlins in exchange for Matt Lindstrom, who had 15 saves with 17 chances last season. Houston hopes the 29-year-old right-handed hard-throwing reliever, whose fastball has been clocked over a 100 mph, can help fill the role of a late-inning stopper in their bullpen.

    2009 - The Rangers, in budget mode, deal $12-million starting pitcher Kevin Millwood (13-10, 3.67) and $3 million to the Orioles for reliever Chris Ray and a player to be named later. Then, in an effort to restock their rotation, Texas reaches a preliminary agreement for less money with free-agent Rich Harden, who posted a 9-9 record with the Cubs last season.

    2010 - The Cubs sign free-agent Carlos Pena to a $10 million, one-year deal. The former Tampa Bay slugger, spurning several multi-year offers from other clubs, is optimistic of having a big season in Chicago allowing his agent Scott Boras to negotiate a long-term contract for similar money being made by fellow first basemen Ryan Howard ($125 million/5years) and Mark Teixeira ($180 million/8 years).

    2012 - Texas Rangers traded Michael Young and cash to Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

    2012 - Tampa Bay Rays traded James Shields, Wade Davis and a player to be named later to Kansas City Royals in exchange for Will Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard; Kansas City Royals received Elliot Johnson (February 12, 2013).

    2013 - The Chicago White Sox signed Felipe Paulino as a free agent.

    2013 - The Mets sign Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract, the team's richest free-agent deal since Sandy Alderson became the GM in 2010. The 32 year-old outfielder, who hit 84 homers in two seasons for the Yankees before being limited to 61 games last year due to injuries, is expected to provide some much needed power for the team that ranked 25th in the long ball in 2013.

    2013 - After signing a one-day contract with the Blue Jays, Roy Halladay announces his retirement, ending a stellar 16-year career with a 203-105 (.659) won-loss record. The 36 year-old right-hander, who decided not to seek free agency after two injury-filled seasons with the Phillies, asked Toronto for the ceremonial contract to show his appreciation for the organization where he spent his first 14 professional seasons, having been drafted out high school as the team's #1 pick in 1995 amateur draft.

    2013 - At the start of the annual Winter Meetings, Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark announces managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa will be inducted into Cooperstown next summer. The trio of skippers, who have accumulated 7,558 regular-season wins, 17 pennants and eight World Series titles among them, were elected unanimously by the 16-member Expansion Era Committee.

    2014 - The Oakland Athletics traded Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Marcus Semien, Josh Phegley, Chris Bassitt and Rangel Ravelo.

    2014 - The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Miguel Montero to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Zack Godley and Jeferson Mejia.

    2015 - Major League Baseball issues a recommendation for all its 30 teams to install netting to protect their fans who are sitting in front of the most exposed field-level seats. The suggested protective shield, which would extend from one dugout to the other, will be implemented by most of the clubs before opening day, with the Mets, Pirates and Twins already in compliance, having netting down the first- and third-base lines.

    2015 - The Oakland Athletics traded Brett Lawrie to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for J.B. Wendelken and Zack Erwin.

    2015 - The Atlanta Braves traded Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair and Dansby Swanson.

    2015 - The San Francisco Giants signed Jeff Samardzija as a free agent.

    2015 - The Milwaukee Brewers traded Adam Lind to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Carlos Herrera, Freddy Peralta and Daniel Missaki.

    2016 - The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Fernando Rodney as a free agent.

    2016 - The St. Louis Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 9...

    1859 - Meyers, Lou
    1860 - Hubbard, Al
    1871 - Kelley, Joe
    1872 - Seymour, Cy
    1877 - Blue, Bert
    1887 - Atkins, Tommy
    1888 - Brown, Curly
    1889 - Fitzpatrick, Ed
    1889 - Wilson, Fin
    1889 - Dodge, Sam
    1905 - Comorosky, Adam
    1909 - Kline, Bob
    1910 - Larkin, Steve
    1917 - Woodend, George
    1918 - Beers, Clarence
    1921 - Kress, Chuck

    1924 - Fahr, Jerry
    1928 - DeMaestri, Joe

    1928 - Klaus, Billy
    1930 - Hazle, Bob
    1941 - Knowles, Darold
    1943 - Merritt, Jim
    1944 - Unser, Del
    1946 - Bladt, Rick
    1947 - Cram, Jerry
    1948 - Medich, Doc
    1952 - Boisclair, Bruce
    1956 - Wilkins, Eric
    1957 - Christmas, Steve

    1957 - Romero, Ed
    1960 - Samuel, Juan
    1961 - Tanner, Bruce

    1963 - Magrann, Tom
    1965 - Ausanio, Joe
    1969 - Fyhrie, Mike
    1969 - Garcia, Ramon

    1970 - Tarasco, Tony
    1971 - Van Poppel, Todd
    1973 - Batista, Tony
    1973 - Truby, Chris
    1976 - Booker, Chris
    1978 - Duncan, Jeff
    1979 - Stults, Eric

    1980 - Lewis, Fred
    1987 - Baumann, Buddy
    1987 - Latos, Mat

    1987 - Smith, Blake
    1987 - Villarreal, Pedro
    1987 - Wilk, Adam
    1990 - Rondon, Bruce
    1991 - Engel, Adam

    Baseball Deaths on December 9...

    1884 - Morris, Pete
    1918 - Dickson, Walt
    1920 - Browne, George

    1921 - Morton, Charlie
    1923 - Donovan, Bill
    1930 - Rowe, Dave
    1941 - Mars, Ed
    1944 - McCabe, Swat
    1950 - Corcoran, Mickey
    1955 - Walker, Curt
    1958 - Vickers, Rube
    1959 - Eunick, Ferd
    1965 - Sterrett, Dutch
    1965 - Rickey, Branch
    1975 - Heath, Jeff
    1976 - Ferrell, Wes
    1978 - Siebert, Dick
    1980 - Padgett, Don
    1980 - Olson, Ted
    1982 - Adair, Jimmy
    1999 - Kurowski, Whitey
    2002 - Lazor, Johnny
    2005 - Miller, Bud




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« Reply #4504 on: December 10, 2017, 01:34:42 am »

    On December 10 in Baseball History...

    1918 - The National League elects their secretary, John Heydler, to be the president of the circuit. The former umpire had briefly served in the post after Harry Pulliam's unexpected death in 1909.

    1919 - The National League, spearheaded by the leadership of Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss, approves the banning of the spitball, allowing just the current spitballers presently throwing the pitch to use it under a "grandfather" clause. A year later the American League will adopt the same rule.

    1924 - The two leagues agree on a permanent rotation for World Series play proposed by Charles Ebbets: first two games at one league's park, next three at the other leagues park, last two if needed back at the first league's park, with openers to alternate between leagues. The 1925 Series will commence at the NL city.

    1925 - The AL goes on record as opposing the use of resin by pitchers. In a joint meeting, future World Series games are set to start at 1:30 p.m. Second-place money withheld from the eight Black Sox in 1920 is distributed to the other 1920 White Sox; and players signed by August 31 are declared eligible for World Series play.

    1935 - Jimmie Foxx, with Johnny Marcum, is sold by the A's to the Red Sox for $150,000; Al Simmons is sold by the White Sox to the Tigers for $75,000.

    1956 - Similar to the National League, the Junior Circuit opts for a three-game playoff in case of a tie at the end of the regular season. Previously a deadlock in the American League had been broken with one-game winner-take-all format.

    1969 - The Indians trade Luis Tiant and Stan Williams to the Twins for Dean Chance, Bob Miller, Graig Nettles and Ted Uhlaender. None of the players in the deal will stay with their new clubs for more than two seasons season, with the exception of Nettles, who spends three seasons with the Tribe before being traded to New York.

    1971 - In one of the worst deals ever made, the Mets trade Nolan Ryan and three prospects to the Angels for six time all-star third baseman Jim Fregosi. The fireballer from Texas will set the all-time strike out record (5,714) and will become a member of the Hall of Fame while Fregosi (.232, 5, 32), who will play less than two full seasons in New York, will provide little help for the team.

    1973 - The American League votes unanimously to adopt the designated hitter rule on a trial basis for three years. The concept, that permits a team to designate a player to bat in place of the pitcher, will be implemented in some measure by most collegiate and professional leagues with the National League and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League being the notable exceptions.

    1975 - The American League owners agree to let maverick Bill Veeck back into baseball by allowing him to purchase the White Sox from John Allyn for nearly $10 million. The Pale Hose new owner's second tenure in the Windy City will be best remembered for the infamous Disco Demolition Night promotion in 1979, which results in a riot and a forfeit to Detroit at Comiskey Park.

    1981 - The Cardinals and Padres trade shortstops as Garry Templeton goes to San Diego along with outfielder Sixto Lezcano to San Diego as Ozzie Smith and right-hander Steve Mura head for St. Louis. The trade, however, will not be finalized until Smith's salary with his new club is determined by an outside arbitrator two months later.

    1982 - The Mets trade starter Mike Scott, who compiled a 14-27 record during his four years with the team, to the Astros in exchange for Danny Heep. After learning how to throw the split-finger fastball from Roger Craig, the right-hander becomes the ace of the staff leading Houston to the post-season, throwing a no-hitter and winning 110 out 191 decisions during his nine-year tenure with club.

    1984 - The Expos trade catcher Gary Carter to the Mets for backstop Mike Fitzgerald, flycatcher Herm Winningham, third baseman Hubie Brooks, and right-hander Floyd Youmanns. The perennial all-star will become an important part of the success New York will have during the rest of the decade.

    1990 - Maniford Harper, known to his friends as Hack, is true to his word when he is buried in a Cub uniform, keeping to the arrangements that made him a central Illinois celebrity in 1980. The 75-year old Washburn (IL) native's devotion to the team began in 1926 when as a polio-stricken 11-year-old, Chicago legend Hack Wilson, who was among several players visiting the local Shriners hospital, put his hand on the boy's shoulder and correctly predicted, 'Kid, stick it out. Someday you're gonna walk'.

    1991 - The Giants send outfielder Kevin Mitchell and right-hander Mike Remlinger to the Mariners in exchange for three pitchers: Bill Swift‚ Mike Jackson‚ and Dave Burba. Mitchell won the National League Most Valable Player Award in 1989.

    1998 - After 24 years and 1,071 appearances, Dennis Eckersley, 44, who has pitched in more major league games than any other player retires as an active player.

    1998 - Tampa Bay signs Blue Jays free-agent Jose Canseco to a one-year deal to play left field and as a designated hitter. The 34-year old slugger will have a productive year going deep 34 times and driving in 95 runs, but his performance doesn't enhance the Devil Rays' last place finish in the AL East.

    2008 - The Mets complete a $37 million, three-year contract with free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez. The former Angels’ closer, who fills a big void in the New York bullpen due to Billy Wagner's injury, set a major league record last season recording 62 saves.

    2008 - In a 12-player, three-team trade, the Mets send much-maligned reliever Aaron Heilman, fan favorite Endy Chavez, southpaw Jason Vargas, and three minor leaguers to the Mariners for closer J.J. Putz, who will serve as the setup man for recently acquired Francisco Rodriguez, center fielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green. The Indians send outfield prospect Franklin Gutierrez to Seattle to get Mets side-slinging reliever Joe Smith and second baseman Luis Valbuena from the Mariners.

    2008 - With the fourth richest deal in major league history, the most ever offered to a pitcher, the Yankees and free-agent CC Sabathia agree on a $161 million, seven-year contract, with an opt-out clause after three years. The 28-year old right-hander’s $35 million average salary is just ahead of Johan Santana’s agreement with the Mets inked in February.

    2008 - Nick Peters becomes the 60th winner of J.G. Taylor Spink Award, named for its first recipient and given annually by the BBWAA "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing". The San Francisco native covered the Giants for 47 years, a span (1961-2007) in which he reported on more Giants games than anyone in franchise history.

    2009 - The Pirates sign Bobby Crosby (.231, 22, 64), the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year, to a $1 million, one-year contract. Last season, the 29-year-old versatile infielder played multiple games for the A's at all four infield positions.

    2012 - The Chicago White Sox signed free agent Jeff Keppinger to a 3-year/$12 million contract.

    2013 - The Anaheim Angels traded Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of 3-team trade in which the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox; the Chicago White Sox sent Hector Santiago to the Anaheim Angels; the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Tyler Skaggs to the Anaheim Angels; the Anaheim Angels sent A.J. Schugel to the Arizona Diamondbacks (December 13, 2013); and the Chicago White Sox sent Brandon Jacobs to the Arizona Diamondbacks (December 13, 2013).

    2014 - The Chicago White Sox signed free agent David Robertson to a 4-year/$46 million contract.

    2015 - The Washington Nationals traded Yunel Escobar and cash to the Anaheim Angels in exchange for Trevor Gott and Michael Brady.

    2015 - The Kansas City Royals signed Joakim Soria as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 10...

    1852 - Bliss, Frank
    1854 - Phelan, Dick
    1862 - Black, Bob
    1866 - Sowders, John
    1866 - Shugart, Frank

    1868 - Stynes, Neil
    1879 - Shields, Charlie
    1880 - Newnam, Patrick
    1882 - Minahan, Cotton
    1883 - Stephens, Jim
    1883 - Upp, Jerry
    1883 - Griggs, Art
    1887 - Baskette, Jim
    1888 - Kelly, Ed
    1888 - Gray, Stan
    1889 - Puckett, Troy
    1889 - Johnston, Jimmy

    1894 - Caveney, Ike
    1897 - Griesenbeck, Tim
    1897 - Conlon, Jocko
    1898 - Emery, Spoke
    1899 - Elmore, Verdo
    1900 - Carlyle, Roy
    1906 - Nekola, Bots
    1908 - Cook, Earl
    1909 - Giebell, Floyd
    1910 - Pezzullo, Pretzel
    1917 - Kosman, Mike
    1919 - Tomasic, Andy
    1922 - Mueller, Gordie
    1926 - Cristante, Leo
    1931 - Hernandez, Rudy
    1931 - Roselli, Bob

    1934 - Donnelly, Ed
    1936 - Edwards, Doc
    1936 - Feller, Jack
    1939 - Priddy, Bob

    1940 - Bowlin, Weldon
    1943 - Jones, Dalton
    1944 - Renko, Steve

    1946 - Fenwick, Bobby
    1947 - Martinez, Ted
    1956 - Woodard, Darrell
    1960 - Bettendorf, Jeff
    1960 - Assenmacher, Paul

    1963 - Reyes, Gilberto
    1963 - Wrona, Rick

    1963 - Henry, Doug
    1966 - Martin, Norberto

    1966 - Rojas, Mel
    1969 - Zuber, Jon
    1969 - Ahearne, Pat
    1975 - Mays, Joe
    1977 - Wheeler, Dan
    1981 - Diaz, Victor
    1983 - Jones, Brandon
    1984 - Petit, Gregorio
    1986 - Clark, Matt
    1986 - Florimon, Pedro
    1990 - Myers, Wil
    1992 - Rodon, Carlos

    Baseball Deaths on December 10...

    1908 - Widner, Wild Bill
    1919 - Colcolough, Tom
    1931 - Covington, Tex
    1937 - Battin, Joe
    1946 - Johnson, Walter
    1946 - Moser, Walter
    1947 - LeBourveau, Bevo
    1953 - Armbruster, Harry
    1957 - Kleine, Hal
    1958 - Dolan, Cozy
    1959 - Harris, Joe
    1961 - Maxwell, Bert
    1963 - Fischer, Carl

    1969 - Tobin, Jack
    1969 - Cunningham, Mike
    1970 - Renfroe, Marshall
    1970 - Mostil, Johnny

    1973 - Riggert, Joe
    1976 - Thompson, Danny
    1976 - Keen, Vic
    1980 - Ryan, Rosy
    1981 - Joyce, Bob
    1981 - Leach, Freddy
    1982 - Wheatley, Charlie
    1987 - Moore, Whitey
    1991 - Murphy, Ed
    1992 - Phelps, Babe
    2000 - Nixon, Willard
    2002 - Henry, Earl
    2002 - Spragins, Homer
    2002 - Kosman, Mike
    2003 - Wheeler, Don

    2004 - Sudol, Ed
    2008 - Yvars, Sal
    2013 - Lund, Don
    2013 - Naton, Pete






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« Reply #4505 on: December 11, 2017, 12:05:55 am »

    On December 11 in Baseball History...

    1926 - Cleveland coach Jack McAllister is named to replace Tris Speaker as Indians manager.

    1928 - In an effort to speed up the game and add more offense, National League president John Heydler proposes the concept of a designated batter for the pitcher. The American League opposes the idea and the NL withdraws the proposal before Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis is asked to break the deadlock.

    1930 - The Baseball Writers Association votes to continue the custom of selecting an MVP for each league. Beginning in 1931, the annual vote of the BBWAA will designate a player for this honor in each league. Previous MVP winners will be able to repeat under the new rules, something that was prohibited by the AL in the 1920s.

    1934 - The NL votes to permit night baseball, authorizing a maximum of seven games by any team installing lights. The AL does not grant permission for night games until 1937.

    1941 - The Giants trade hurler Bill Lohrman, catcher James O'Dea, first baseman Johnny McCarthy and $50,000 to the Cardinals to obtain first baseman Johnny Mize. The Giants' new infielder, despite missing three years due to WWII, will spend five productive seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the team, hitting .299 and averaging more than 100 RBIs per season.

    1950 - Receiving only 9 of the 12 owners' votes needed, A. B. 'Happy' Chandler's contract as commissioner is not to be renewed for a second term. The former Senator from Kentucky, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 due to his contribution to the game, is given credit for helping to integrate the majors, putting six umps on the field during the World Series, and establishing the players’ pension fund in 1947, with the $475,000 made by selling the rights to broadcast the World Series on the radio.

    1951 - At the Yankees' Fifth Avenue suite in the Squibb Tower, Joe DiMaggio announces to the press his decision to retire from baseball. The Bronx Bomber outfielder, claiming he "no longer has it" due to age and injuries, ends his thirteen year career with a lifetime .325 BA and 361 home runs. DiMaggio's 56-game, consecutive-game hitting streak in 1941 will stand as one of the all-time best diamond achievements.

    1952 - Fred Haney is named as the Pirates manager replacing Billy Meyer. The Bucs will finish in last place each season, compiling a dismal 163-299 (.353) record during the new skipper's three-year tenure in Pittsburgh.

    1954 - The Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium for $1,675,000 from Arnold Johnson, the A's new owner who acquired the ballpark as part of his purchase of the American League team. The Phils, who had been paying a minimal amount of rent to share the park with their Junior Circuit rivals, are now the sole occupants with the relocation of the Athletics to Kansas City, and will play in the downtown facility for another 15 years before they move to Veterans Stadium in 1971.

    1956 - A major league player association is formed with Bob Feller, a future Hall of Fame hurler with the Indians, being named its first president. The labor organization, one of many attempts by the players to form a union, will proved to be very successful a decade later when Marvin Miller, is hired to be the MLBPA's first executive director in 1966.

    1959 - After their offer to deal Roger Maris for Dick Groat is rejected by the Pirates, the A's, who had been prohibited by the league from trading the slugging outfielder to the Yankees for 18 months after obtaining him from the Indians on June, 15, 1958, sends the right-fielder and two other players to New York in exchange for Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern and Marv Throneberry. The year and a half moratorium on the potential trade was put into place to alleviate the perception that Kansas City was serving as a 'big league' farm club for the Bronx Bombers.

     1962 - The Red Sox trade Tracy Stallard, Pumpsie Green and a player to be named later (Al Moran) to the Mets in exchange for Felix Mantilla. Stallard, best known for throwing the pitch to Roger Maris for the record-breaking 61st home run, will become a twenty-game loser for New York in 1964.

     1968 - The Angels trade two catchers, Ed Kirkpatrick and Dennis Paepke, to the Kansas City A's for Hoyt Wilhelm. The right-handed knuckleballer, who will be traded to Atlanta in September, will post a 5-7 record along with 10 saves while compiling a respectable ERA of 2.47 during his five months with the Halos.

     1973 - After being the first player to invoke the new 10 and 5 rule to avoid being dealt to the Angels, Ron Santo agrees to be traded to the southside of Chicago to play for the rival White Sox. In return for the 33-year old infielder, who will play just one season with the Pale Hose before retiring, the Cubs receive Jim Kremmel (the player to be named later), Ken Frailing, Steve Stone and Steve Swisher.

    1975 - In two separate deals, the Yankees acquire pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett, and second baseman Willie Randolph from the Pirates for pitcher Doc Medich and outfielder Mickey Rivers and pitcher Ed Figueroa from the Angels for outfielder Bobby Bonds.

    1981 - Despite having mediocre results with the team last season, 37-year old Joe Morgan is re-signed by the Giants. The veteran second baseman will win the Silver Slugger award next season compiling a .289 batting average.

    1986 - The Mets trade Kevin Mitchell‚ a rookie who played six positions for the eventual world champs, along with prospects Stan Jefferson and Shawn Abner‚ and two additional minor leaguers to the Padres for outfielder Kevin McReynolds‚ southpaw Gene Walter‚ and a minor leaguer. Mitchell will be traded to San Francisco during the season, and in two years, the San Diego native will become the National League's Most Valuable Player playing for the Giants.

    1987 - The A's obtain Jesse Orosco from the Mets and then trades the southpaw reliever along with shortstop Alfredo Griffin and right-hander Jay Howell to the Dodgers for pitchers Matt Young, Bob Welch and Jack Savage. New York gets Savage as well as right-hand hurlers Wally Whitehurst and Kevin Tapini from Oakland to complete the three-team, eight player deal.

    1989 - The Royals sign free agent Mark Davis to a four-year contract. Davis and Bret Saberhagen will make the 1990 Royals the first team ever to have both defending Cy Young Award winners.

    1991 - The Royals deal right-hander Bret Saberhagen and utility player Bill Pecota to the Mets for Gregg Jefferies, Kevin McReynolds and Keith Miller. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will post only a 3-5 record in his first season with New York and will compile a 29-27 record during his 3+ seasons with the team.

    2000 - The Astros and Tigers complete a six-player trade with outfielder Roger Cedeno, catcher Mitch Meluskey and right-hander Chris Holt going to Detroit and catcher Brad Ausmus, relievers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz headed for Houston.

    2001 - The Mets trade southpaw Billy Traber and outfielders Matt Lawton and Alex Escobar to the Indians for superstar second baseman Roberto Alomar along with prospect Danny Peoples and left-hander Mike Bacsik. The Gold Glove infielder, the centerpiece of the deal, will be a major bust in Flushing hitting just .265 and playing uninspired defense for New York before being shipped to the White Sox in the middle of the 2003 season.

    2007 - After declining offers from the Yomiuri Giants and his former team, the Chunichi Dragons, Kosuke Fukudome comes to terms with the Cubs on a four-year deal reported to be worth $48 million. The 30-year old Japanese outfielder, also sought by the Padres, White Sox, Giants and Rangers, compiled a .305 batting average during his 13-year tenure in Japan’s Central League.

    2008 - The New York Mets traded Endy Chavez, Aaron Heilman, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera, Mike Carp and Jason Vargas to Seattle Mariners as part of 3-team trade in which Seattle Mariners sent J.J. Putz, Sean Green and Jeremy Reed to New York Mets; New
York Mets sent Joe Smith to Cleveland Indians; Seattle Mariners sent Luis Valbuena to Cleveland Indians; and Cleveland Indians sent Franklin Gutierrez to Seattle Mariners.

    2008 - The Red Sox unveil their new, but familiar “Hanging Sox” logo. Originally sown on uniforms in 1931, the pair of red socks will now appear on most of the club's letterhead and signs diminishing the use of the circular trademark which contain the words "Boston Red Sox".

    2009 - The Rays obtain Rafael Soriano (27 saves, 2.97) from Atlanta agreeing to a $7.25 million, one-year deal with the reliever to complete the transaction. The Braves, who get right-hander Jesse Chavez from Tampa Bay in the trade, recently bolstered their bullpen with Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, making the 29-year old right-hander expendable.

    2009 - Clearly stating he wants to be an everyday player on a winning team, Ivan Rodriguez agrees to a $6 million, two-year deal with the Nationals, the worst team in baseball last season. The 38-year old catcher will share playing time and his experience with Jesus Flores, Washington's young up-and coming backstop.

    2009 - Free-agent Jason Kendall signs a $6 million, two-year deal to become the Royals' everyday catcher. The 35-year-old savvy backstop, a life-time .290 hitter, batted only .241 with only two home runs and 43 RBIs with Milwaukee last season.

    2009 - Free-agent pitcher J.J. Putz signs a $3 million, one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.  Putz was originally a 3rd round pick by the White Sox in the 1995 MLB Draft but didn't sign with them.

    2010 - Free-agent outfield Carl Crawford leaves the Tampa Bay Rays and signs a $142 million, seven-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. The 29 year-old outfielder's tenure in Boston will be brief when he plays only two disappointing injury-plagued seasons with the team before being traded to the Dodgers as part of a block-buster trade.

    2012 - The Cincinnati Reds traded Didi Gregorius to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of 3-team trade in which the Cleveland Indians sent Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson to the Arizona Diamondbacks; the Arizona Diamondbacks sent Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to the Cleveland Indians; the Cleveland Indians sent Shin-Soo Choo, Jason Donald and cash to the Cincinnati Reds; and the Cincinnati Reds sent Drew Stubbs to the Cleveland Indians.

    2014 - The Miami Marlins traded Dan Jennings to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Andre Rienzo.

    2014 - The Marlins make a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers, acquiring speedster Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and cash considerations in exchange for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez, and their top southpaw prospect Andrew Heaney, who will be dealt later in the day by his new team to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. The addition of Gordon, who led the National League with 64 stolen bases last season, gives Miami a bonafide leadoff hitter while improving their defense at second base.

    2014 - The Detroit Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier.

    2015 - The Miami Marlins signed Dylan Axelrod as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 11...

    1840 - Smith, Charlie
    1854 - Radbourn, Old Hoss
    1857 - Callahan, Ed
    1858 - Mountjoy, Bill
    1868 - Gettinger, Tom
    1878 - Wright, Gene
    1885 - Anderson, Fred
    1885 - Wilson, Art
    1886 - Riggert, Joe
    1887 - Behan, Petie
    1888 - Toney, Fred
    1890 - Meinert, Walt
    1891 - Renfer, Erwin
    1894 - Raymond, Lou
    1896 - Walker, Johnny
    1896 - Harriss, Slim
    1901 - Andrews, Elbert
    1903 - Phelps, Ray

    1905 - Weston, Al
    1909 - Bivin, Jim
    1910 - Coffman, Slick
    1914 - Nicholson, Bill
    1919 - Combs, Merl
    1924 - Brown, Hal

    1925 - Hoover, Dick
    1926 - Gray, Johnny
    1930 - O'Brien, Eddie
    1930 - O'Brien, Johnny
    1930 - Varga, Andy
    1934 - Maye, Lee

    1947 - Shanahan, Greg
    1948 - Hiser, Gene
    1949 - Caskey, Craig
    1952 - Andrews, Rob
    1954 - Sykes, Bob
    1961 - Sebra, Bob
    1961 - Henneman, Mike
    1964 - Howard, Thomas
    1965 - Peterson, Adam

    1965 - Bell, Jay
    1968 - Bell, Derek
    1971 - Canate, Willie
    1972 - Rodriguez, Frankie
    1973 - Tracy, Andy
    1975 - Field, Nate
    1978 - Szuminski, Jason
    1980 - Blanton, Joe
    1984 - Butler, Josh
    1992 - Pompey, Dalton

    Baseball Deaths on December 11...

    1902 - Hawke, Bill
    1914 - Burrell, Harry
    1924 - Hengle, Moxie
    1929 - McMahon, Doc
    1931 - Harper, George
    1933 - Croft, Harry
    1936 - Grimshaw, Myron
    1939 - Bradshaw, Dallas
    1954 - Courtney, Harry

    1959 - Marshall, Doc
    1959 - Bottomley, Jim
    1966 - Fannin, Cliff
    1974 - Maltzberger, Gordon

    1978 - O'Dea, Paul
    1995 - Wheaton, Woody
    2002 - Loane, Bob




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« Reply #4506 on: December 12, 2017, 12:32:22 am »

    On December 12 in Baseball History...

    1913 - The Reds trade outfielder Bob Bescher to the Giants for Buck Herzog. Herzog will play shortstop and will manage the team replacing Joe Tinker.

    1930 - The rules committee decides a ball which bounces into the stands will no longer be a home run, but will become a ground rule double. Estimating that major leaguers who played in the era prior to the rule change hit about two homers a year that bounced over the wall, Babe Ruth's career total would have been reduced by about 22 round trippers.

    1933 - The A's swap Lefty Grove, Rube Wallberg and Max Bishop to the Red Sox for Bob Kline, Rabbit Warstler and $125,000.

    1941 - The Dodgers obtain Arky Vaughn from the Pirates for right-hander Luke Hamlin, 1B/OF Jimmy Wasdell and catcher Babe Phelps. The future Hall of Fame infielder, who will have his stint in Brooklyn interrupted by WWII, plays four seasons for the club compiling a .291 batting average.

    1949 - By a 7-1 vote, the AL rejects a proposal to bring back the legal spitball. The rules committee also alters the strike zone to the space between the armpits and the top of the knees. The new rule eliminates the batter's shoulders being within the strike zone.

    1950 - The owners vote to drop the bonus and high school rule which was designed to prevent the wealthier clubs from buying up all of the available talent. The rule required all 'bonus' players had to stay on the major league roster one season in the minors.

    1952 - Peter J. McGovern becomes the president of the Little League replacing Charles Durban who resigned due to ill health. The league which started in 1939 with two leagues has now grown to 1,800 leagues in 48 states and international sites.

    1966 - Voting 4 to 3, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review Wisconsin's suit to block the Braves move to Atlanta.

    1975 - The Tigers trade pitcher Mickey Lolich and outfielder Billy Baldwin to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Rusty Staub and pitcher Bill Laxton.

    1979 - Re-entry free agents second baseman Rennie Stennett, catcher Milt May and outfielder Jim Wohlford sign with the Giants. The combined total of the contracts is nearly $5 million.

    1998 - After being given his last rites, Hall of Fame outfielder Joe DiMaggio appears to make a miraculous recovery defying the doctors' dire predictions. In mid-January, the 'Yankee Clipper' is allowed to go home after a 99-day hospital stay, but will die at his home in Florida on March 8th after a long battle with lung cancer.

    1998 - Signing a seven-year deal with the Dodgers, Kevin Brown (18-7, 2.38) becomes baseball's first 100+ million dollar man . The right-hander, much to the chagrin of the other owners, is the first major leaguer to earn an average salary of $15 million per season.

    2007 - In a six-player deal, the Orioles trade former American League MVP Miguel Tejada to the Astros in exchange for pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, outfielder Luke Scott, and third baseman Michael Costanzo. The acquisition of the four-time All-Star shortstop is the latest move in a busy off season for Houston which includes signing free-agent second baseman Kaz Matsui and trading reliever Brad Lidge to the Phillies for Michael Bourn.

    2007 - Free-agent Aaron Rowand (.309, 27, 89) and the Giants agree to a $60-million, five-year deal. The 30-year old Gold Glove center fielder is expected to bat fifth and will help fill the void in the outfield created by the departure of Barry Bonds.

    2007 - Paul Lo Duca and the Nationals agree to a $5 million, one-year deal which puts the former Mets catcher behind home plate for Washington. The free-agent backstop became expendable and needed in the same instance when New York traded Lastings Milledge to get the Nats starting catcher, Brian Schneider.

    2008 - The Yankees sign their second ace this week as the club reaches an agreement with free agent A.J. Burnett. The Bronx Bombers ink the former Blue Jays right-hander to an $82.5 million, five-year deal after giving CC Sabathia $161 million over seven years two days ago.

    2008 - The Pirates sign Ramon Vazquez, the only player with major league experience added to the club during the winter meetings, to a two-year deal worth $4 million. The versatile infielder played all four infield positions last season while compiling a career-high .290 batting average with the Rangers.

    2008 - Reeling from its second consecutive season-ending collapse, the Mets continue to overhaul its much-maligned bullpen which had 29 blown saves in 72 chances (40%). Scott Schoeneweis joins Joe Smith and Aaron Heilman in becoming the latest New York reliever to be traded as the southpaw is dealt to the Diamondbacks for Connor Robertson, a right-hander acquired by Arizona in the Dan Haren deal.

    2008 - The Royals signed free-agent right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a $9.25 million, two-year contract which includes a club option for 2011. The Yankees dealt the 32-year old fireballer to Detroit at the trade deadline last season.

    2009 - Brandon Lyon (6-5, 2.86) and the Astros finalize their $15 million, three-year deal. The Tigers' former right-handed reliever, who saved 26 games for Arizona in 2008, hopes to be the club's closer, but may be used in Houston as the set-up man to get to Matt Lindstrom.

    2011 - The Miami Marlins signed Aaron Rowand as a free agent.

    2013 - The Texas Rangers signed Brent Lillibridge as a free agent.

    2013 - The Boston Red Sox signed Mike Napoli as a free agent.

    2013 - The Mariners land the most sought-after free agent when the team signs Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240-million contract, a value that equals Albert Pujols' deal with the Angels for the third largest in baseball history. The Yankees, the 32 year-old's former team who did not want to commit those kinds of dollars or years for their All-Star second baseman, recently inked outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury for $153 million (7 years) and catcher Brian McCann for $85 million (5 years). 

    2014 - The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Francisco Liriano as a free agent.

    2014 - The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Wade Miley to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Rubby de la Rosa, Allen Webster and Raymel Flores.

    2014 - The Chicago Cubs signed Jason Hammel as a free agent.

    2014 - The Houston Astros signed Luke Gregerson as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 12...

    1854 - Snyder, Redleg
    1860 - Brown, Jim
    1864 - Smith, Phenomenal
    1872 - O'Meara, Tom
    1874 - Sparks, Tully
    1876 - Rickert, Joe
    1879 - Mitchell, Mike
    1887 - Reisigl, Bugs
    1891 - Daly, Tom

    1893 - Hennessey, Les
    1899 - Watt, Allie
    1902 - Wanninger, Pee-Wee
    1903 - Moore, Bill
    1904 - Boggs, Ray
    1909 - Clifton, Flea
    1913 - Webb, Bill
    1914 - Camelli, Hank
    1917 - Kluttz, Clyde
    1917 - Carpenter, Bob
    1921 - Howerton, Bill
    1930 - Sanchez, Raul
    1937 - Gonzalez, Pedro
    1940 - Brown, Tom
    1941 - Lewis, Allan
    1943 - Griffith, Derrell
    1945 - Garr, Ralph

    1950 - Thomas, Gorman
    1956 - Farr, Steve
    1964 - Powell, Alonzo
    1970 - Buddie, Mike
    1975 - Hernandez, Carlos
    1977 - Hudson, Orlando

    1979 - Atkins, Garrett
    1981 - Costa, Shane
    1983 - Blanco, Gregor
    1988 - Diaz, Juan
    1988 - Kickham, Mike
    1992 - Castillo, Luis
    1992 - Osuna, jose

    Baseball Deaths on December 12...

    1895 - Fuller, Harry
    1912 - Green, Jim
    1926 - Sixsmith, Ed
    1929 - Buckley, Dick
    1932 - Long, Jim
    1937 - Benton, Rube
    1944 - Pinnance, Ed
    1956 - Malarkey, Bill
    1957 - Daly, George
    1963 - Thomas, Myles
    1970 - Taitt, Doug

    1971 - Dunlop, George
    1971 - Kellogg, Bill
    1975 - Wera, Julie
    1978 - Dumovich, Nick
    1982 - Santana, Ervin
    1983 - Weaver, Jim
    1984 - Layden, Gene
    1986 - Wyrostek, Johnny
    1991 - Keltner, Ken
    1991 - Kelley, Dick
    1992 - Walker, Rube
    1995 - Modak, Mike
    1996 - Jumonville, George
    2000 - Barkley, Red
    2006 - Hall, Irv
    2011 - Stein, Randy
    2013 - Burton, Jim
    2014 - Plews, Herb



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« Reply #4507 on: December 13, 2017, 12:03:51 am »

    On December 13 in Baseball History...

    1906 - The A's sell Andy Coakley, a twenty-game winner in 1905, to the Reds. The right-hander, who pitched under the name of Jack Mc Allister as a rookie in 1902, will later enjoy a thirty-seven year career as the baseball coach for Columbia University.

    1911 - New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player Attorney Montgomery Ward purchase the National League franchise Boston Doves. Due to Gaffney's tie to Tammany Hall, the team will be called the Braves.

    1922 - Alarmed at the increase in home runs (1,054 in the major leagues, up from 936), some AL owners back a zoning system setting a minimum of 300 feet for a ball to be called a home run. The motion dies.

    1930 - The 15-year career of George Sisler ends when the Boston Braves release him. A lifetime .340 hitter who twice led the AL with averages above.400, Sisler will be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

    1954 - The Dodgers trade third baseman Billy Cox and left-hander Preacher Roe to the Orioles for minor league prospects Harry Schwegeman and Johnny Jancse and $50,000. Brooklyn will use the cash for a bonus to sign a southpaw from Lafayette High School with control problems named Sandy Koufax.

    1956 - The Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the cross-town rivals, the Giants, for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Jackie, according to some accounts had already decided privately to leave the game to work for Chock Full of Nuts, publicly retires from baseball rather than to accept the trade.
    1966 - The Giants trade pitcher Bob Priddy and outfielder Cap Peterson to the Senators to reacquire Mike McCormick. In his second stint with the team, the left-hander will win the Cy Young Award next season compiling a 22-10 record with an ERA of 2.85.

    1969 - Curt Flood attends the Players' Association executive board meeting to seek financial assistance in his attempt to sue major league baseball on the grounds that the reserve clause violates Federal antitrust laws. Although skeptical about the outcome of the suit, the player reps vote 25-0 to support the recently traded outfielder, who refuses to report to the Phillies after being dealt by the Cardinals.

    1974 - Catfish Hunter wins his claim against Oakland owner Charles Finley and is declared a free agent by arbitrator Peter Seitz. He will sign with the Yankees.

    1994 - Free agent relief pitcher Lee Smith, last year's major league saves leader with the Orioles, signs with the Angels. At the time of the deal, he has 434 career saves.

    1996 - Roger Clemens leaves Boston after thirteen seasons of service and signs as a free agent with the Blue Jays. The 'Rocket' leaves the team tied with Cy Young for the Red Sox record for wins (192) and shutouts (38) and the career leader in losses with 112 (Cy lost 111).

    1999 - The Marlins obtain Johan Santana from the Astros in the Rule 5 draft, and later in the day Florida trades the 20-year old southpaw to the Twins for Jared Camp. The Venezuelan native will post a 93-44 record and will win the Cy Young Award twice (2004, 2006) during his 8-year tenure in Minnesota.

    2000 - Outbidding the Indians, the Red Sox sign free-agent Manny Ramirez to a reported eight-year, $160 million contract. The very lucrative deal pales in comparison to Alex Rodriguez's 252 million ten-year agreement with the Rangers which is also announced today.

    2001 - The Yankees sign free-agent Jason Giambi to a seven-year deal worth $120 million. The 2000 MVP and this year's runner-up drove in 120 runs, hit 38 home runs, and had a .342 batting average for the wild card Oakland A's this season.

    2001 - The Red Sox trade frustrated flychaser Carl Everett (.257, 14, 58) to the Rangers for left-hander Darren Oliver (11-11, 6.02). The former all star outfielder, who had his problems with players and managers in Boston, says he is looking forward to joining the veteran players in Texas.

    2003 - The Cardinals trade outfielder J.D. Drew along with catcher Eli Marrero to the Braves for three hurlers, Ray King, Jason Marquis, and Adam Wainwright. Atlanta's new outfielder will have a solid season, but will stay with the team for only one season.

    2004 - The Los Angeles Dodgers lose two players from their farm system as the Florida Marlins selects Alejandro De Aza and the Philadelphia Phillies pick Shane Victorino in the Rule 5 Draft.

    2004 - The Milwaukee Brewers traded Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino and a player to be named later to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Carlos Lee; Chicago White Sox received Travis Hinton (January 10, 2005).

    2005 - The Chicago White Sox traded Damaso Marte to Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Rob Mackowiak.

    2005 - The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Andre Ethier.

    2007 - The Mitchell Report, a document of 409 pages as well as a paper trail of 115,000 copies of receipts, canceled checks, telephone records and e-mail messages, is released. The much anticipated investigative missive, the work of former Senator George Mitchell and his committee, calls the steroid era in the sport a collective failure and names 89 former and present big league players who allegedly used illegal, performance-enhancing drugs, including potential Hall of Famers Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Gary Sheffield.

    2007 - Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees finalize a 10-year, $275 million contract making the deal the richest in baseball history. A-Rod, who surpassed the all-time salary record he signed with the Rangers $252 million in 2000, chastised his agent, Scott Boras, and blamed himself for the poor handling of his opt-out clause with the team.

    2007 - With a winning auction bid of approximately $100,000, a collection of rare written documents, including personal letters and cancelled checks concerning the Chicago Black Sox scandal, is procured by the Chicago History Museum The historical papers offer new details about the White Sox allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

    2007 - Avoiding salary arbitration Brandon Duckworth agrees to a one-year $600,000 contract, including $155,000 in performance incentives, to pitch for the Royals next season. The 31-year old right-hander, who spent time on the disabled list with a torn left oblique, posted a 3-5 record with a 4.63 ERA in 26 games both as a starter and in relief.

    2008 - After the oft-injured right-hander passes a physical taken earlier in the week, the Indians sign free-agent Kerry Wood (5-4, 3.26) to a two-year deal with a one-year option worth a reported $20 million. The former Cubs fireballing phenom saved 34 games in 2008, his first season as a closer for Chicago.

    2009 - The Blue Jays announced coming to terms with Jose Bautista on a one-year deal worth $2.4 million. The utility player will establish a new franchise mark of home runs in a season when he goes deep 54 times, six more than George Bell's total in 1987.

    2010 - The Mariners honor Dave Niehaus, the team's long-time broadcaster, who died suddenly last month, with a Safeco Field ceremony that is attended by his family, team officials, former players and thousands of fans. The Hall of Fame announcer, who had been in the Seattle booth since the franchise's first pitch in 1977, is remembered by Ken Griffey Jr., in a video message, as a guy who was a class act that meant more to the city than the players.

    2013 - The Colorado Rockies signed Justin Morneau as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 13...

    1860 - Lee, Leonidas
    1868 - Everitt, Bill
    1874 - Mohler, Kid
    1876 - Kisinger, Rube
    1877 - Fishel, Leo
    1877 - Hershey, Frank
    1882 - Good, Gene
    1887 - Harkness, Spec
    1889 - Coumbe, Fritz
    1891 - Wright, Bob
    1892 - Bigler, Pete
    1899 - Williams, Denny
    1899 - May, Buckshot
    1903 - Smith, Al
    1904 - Windle, Bill
    1909 - Newsome, Dick
    1913 - Metha, Scat
    1916 - Majeski, Hank
    1916 - Thuman, Lou
    1923 - Doby, Larry

    1924 - Shuba, George
    1926 - Erskine, Carl
    1928 - Landrum, Joe
    1929 - Loes, Billy
    1931 - Morton, Bubba
    1931 - Erickson, Don
    1935 - Christopher, Joe
    1935 - McDaniel, Lindy
    1936 - Martin, J.C.

    1937 - Taylor, Ron
    1940 - Oliver, Nate
    1943 - Jenkins, Fergie
    1947 - Hamilton, Dave
    1953 - Castro, Bill
    1955 - Boris, Paul
    1956 - Berra, Dale
    1956 - Perlman, Jon
    1960 - Robinson, Jeff
    1964 - Wilson, Steve
    1967 - Mordecai, Mike
    1969 - Saunders, Doug
    1971 - Mullins, Greg
    1975 - LeCroy, Matt
    1976 - Fogg, Josh

    1982 - Nolasco, Ricky
    1987 - Rodriguez, Anuery
    1988 - Garner, Perci
    1989 - Pastornicky, Tyler
    1992 - Slater, Austin
    1993 - Camargo, Johan
    1993 - Fulmer, Carson

    Baseball Deaths on December 13...

    1904 - Murphy, Bob
    1908 - Griffith, Frank
    1910 - McGann, Dan
    1918 - Arellanes, Frank
    1931 - Schulz, Al
    1934 - Shanley, Doc
    1944 - Gaston, Welcome
    1944 - Christenbury, Lloyd
    1949 - Collins, Orth
    1953 - Douglass, Klondike
    1963 - Jaeger, Joe
    1964 - Erickson, Hank
    1966 - Young, Herman
    1969 - Kibble, Jack
    1970 - Baumgardner, George
    1970 - Gandil, Chick

    1971 - Ryba, Mike
    1981 - Snyder, Jack
    1993 - Shantz, Billy
    2000 - Jones, Jake
    2004 - Rodgers, Andre



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« Reply #4508 on: December 14, 2017, 12:27:16 am »

    On December 14 in Baseball History...

    1911 - Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the World Series be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, ten percent of the gross went to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the two pennant-winning clubs.

    1938 - The major leagues agree on a standard ball but disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis will eventually decide on 25. The NL grants Cincinnati its season opener a day before the rest of the league in recognition of baseball's 100th anniversary and of the 1869 Red Stockings being the first professional team. The AL permits Cleveland and Philadelphia to play night games. Finally, Will Harridge is elected to a ten-year-term as AL president.

    1948 - The Senators trade pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon to the Indians for first baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Hayness and Eddie Klieman. Wynn will be a four-time twenty game winner during his ten years with the Tribe.

    1948 - It's a busy day for the Phillies as the team purchases Ken Trinkle from the Giants and trade pitchers Walter Dubiel and Dutch Leonard to the Cubs for first baseman Eddie Waitkas and pitcher Hank Borowy. Ruth Ann Steinhagen, a female fan totally obsessed with former Cub Waitkas, is very upset with the trade and will try to kill him upon his return to Chicago with Philadelphia

    1950 - The baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), and Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select a new commissioner as rapidly as possible.

    1960 - The two new Ameican League franchises, the first expansion teams in over a half of a century, select their rosters in a player draft. The 'new' Washington Senators select Yankee southpaw Bobby Shantz and the Los Angeles Angels opt for Yankee righty Ed Grba.

    1977 - The Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins, a future Hall-Of-Famer, to the Rangers for 23-year-old pitcher named John Poloni, who will never play in another big league game. As a starter for both the Rangers and later with the Cubs, the Canadian right hander will post a 69-56 record with a 3.71 ERA during the remaining six years of his career.

    1985 - After a two-year battle with lymphatic cancer, Roger Maris dies in a Houston hospital at the age of 51. Former Yankees teammates Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, John Blanchard, and Bill Skowron along with Whitey Herzog and Bob Allison will as serve pall bearers.

    1994 - In the face of the labor uncertainty, the Phillies irk other owners by signing free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a lucrative contract. The Cardinals had refused to give the first baseman/outfielder a no-trade clause in their negotiations to keep him with the Redbirds.

    1995 - Free-agent Lance Johnson agrees to a two-year pact with Mets in a deal reportedly worth more than five million dollars. 'Ol' One-Dog', who led the American League in hits last season with 186 playing with the White Sox, will repeat the feat his first season in the Senior Circuit with 227 hits.

    2000 - In the wake of the Alex Rodriquez deal, the Rangers send Royce Clayton to the White Sox for right-handed pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack.

    2000 - The Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames are traded to the Expos for right-hander Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline.

    2001 - The Giants sign right-hander Jason Schmidt to a $31-million four-year deal. The 28 year-old free agent, after being traded by the Pirates, was 7-1 for San Francisco last season.

    2001 - Needing to fill the void of a left-handed power hitter created by Jason Giambi's departure to the Yankees, the A's trade lefthanded reliever Mark Guthrie and minor leaguer Tyler Yates to the Mets for David Justice. The Mets had acquired the designated hitter-outfielder only a week ago in a deal which sent third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees.

    2004 - The District of Columbia Council's decision requiring private financing for at least fifty percent of the construction costs of the Nationals’ new ballpark may jeopardize the team's tenure in Washington, D.C. The 7-6 vote in favor of this new proviso clearly breaks the agreement major league baseball negotiated with the city to land the former Montreal Expos franchise in the nation's capital.

    2005 - The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control informs Major League Baseball of its decision to withhold the required permit which is needed for Cuba to play on U.S. soil during in the 16-team World Baseball Classic tournament. The Bush administration, in response a congressional request, is concerned revenue from the WBC will wind up in the coffers of the Cuban government which is contrary to the current embargo in place against Castro’s country.

    2007 - It is a busy day on the trading block for the Diamondbacks as the team acquires All-Star hurler Dan Haren (15-9, 3.07) and right-hander Connor Robertson from the A's in exchange for Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez. In a separate transaction, Arizona deals Jose Valverde, the major league saves leader, to the Astros to get reliever Chad Qualls, second baseman/outfielder Chris Burke and righty Juan Gutierrez.

    2007 - To bolster their bullpen, the Rangers sign Japanese reliever Kazuo Fukumori to a $3 million, two-year contract which includes a team option for 2010. In his 13 seasons in Japan, Kaz compiled 34-42 won-lost record and 72 saves while posting a 3.72 ERA in 377 games.

    2007 - The Cardinals agree in principle to a deal which sends 37-year old Jim Edmonds and approximately $1 million to the Padres in exchange for minor league prospect David Freese. San Diego's need for an outfielder was accelerated when talks earlier in the day broke off with Mike Cameron, a free-agent who played centerfield for the team last season.

    2007 - David Eckstein (.309, 3, 31) and the Blue Jays finalized a $4.5 million, one-year deal which brings the short-statured shortstop north of the border. The 32-year old All-Star infielder's leadership and attitude played an important role on his previous two teams, the Angels and Cardinals, in winning the World Series in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

    2007 - The Rangers invite Edgardo Alfonzo, a career .284 hitter, to spring training. The 34-year old former All-Star infielder, who played with the Mets, Giants, Angels and Blue Jays, spent last season in the independent Atlantic League playing with the Long Island Ducks.

    2007 - In an effort to fill the void created by Delmon Young's trade to the Twins, the Rays sign Cliff Floyd (.284, 9, 45) to a $3 million, one-year deal to play right field in Tampa Bay. The veteran 35-year-old left-handed fly chaser has been a productive hitter during his 15-year major league career, but has had difficulty staying off the disabled list.

    2007 - The Twins sign another former Astros infielder acquiring Mike Lamb ($6.6 million, two-years) after getting Adam Everett yesterday ($2.8 million, one-year ) in the free-agent market. Lamb will provide much needed offense at third base and Everett, although a light-hitter, is a slick-fielding shortstop who will add to the club defensively .

    2007 - The Royals trade hurler Billy Buckner to the Diamondbacks for switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo. Kansas City's new player is an infielder who appeared in 56 games for the NL West champs, mostly in a pinch-hitting role, and Arizona receives a pitcher who compiled a 1-2 record with a 5.29 ERA in 34 innings of work last season.

    2009 - Randy Wolf and the Brewers finalize their $29.75 million, three-year deal. The 33-year-old southpaw, who signed a $5 million, one-year free-agent contract with the Dodgers last season after the Astros pulled a $27 million, three-year offer off the table due to the nose dive in the economy, posted an 11-7 record with a 3.23 ERA with L.A.

    2010 - After being dealt by the Phillies, Cliff Lee returns to the club to join National League Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, the key person in the deal that sent him to Seattle in last season's four-team, nine-player trade. The 32-year old free-agent right-hander, who will be joining unquestionably the best starting rotation in baseball, agrees to a deal that guarantees him $120 million over the next five seasons, spurning the Yankees' offer of $30 million more.

    2011 - The Orioles announce the signing of Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who agreed to a two-year, $8.15 million deal that includes a $5 million option for 2014. Baltimore hasn't determined the role the 30-year old Japanese hurler will play on the team, but is counting on the hard-throwing southpaw to be a major upgrade to the O's woeful pitching staff.

    2011 - Hoping to fill the void after losing closer Jonathan Papelbon to free agency, the Red Sox obtained Mark Melancon, who had 20 saves during his first full major league season, from the Astros in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Kyle Weiland. In a separate transaction, Boston signs free-agent utility infielder Nick Punto to a two-year contract as a replacement for Lowrie.

    2012 - Kevin Youkilis, best known for being a member of the Red Sox World Championship teams in 2004 and 2007, signs a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees, once consider the 'Evil Empire' by his former club. The 33 year-old infielder, who was traded to Chicago's south side in June by Boston, will help fill the void at third base while Alex Rodriguez recuperates from hip surgery.

    2013 - After inking Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract earlier in the week, the Mets sign Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million free-agent pact. The 40 year-old All-Star right-handed starter, who is slated to replace the innings the team will need as Matt Harvey recovers from Tommy John surgery, compiled an 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the A's last season.

    2013 - Warren Cromartie, a former outfielder and first baseman with the Expos in the 1970s and ’80s, shares a $400,000 feasibility study which reveals that the return of major league baseball to Montreal would be feasible if a team plays its home games in a government-financed downtown stadium with an owner with deep pockets. The report suggests that MLB’s national television deal and revenue-sharing scheme, which has changed radically since the franchise moved to Washington in 2004, would ensure a competitive $75-million payroll could be met before a single ticket is sold, with the government subsidy being repaid within eight years.

    2013 - The New York Mets signed Bartolo Colon as a free agent.

    2014 - In one of his first major actions since becoming commissioner, Rob Manfred denies Pete Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball, citing a reversal of the lifetime ban would risk the sport's integrity. The four-page decision concludes the career hits leader had continued to g@mble legally on horse racing and professional sports, including baseball, disregarding all the circumstances which led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989.

    2015 - The Texas Rangers claimed Andy Wilkins from the Seattle Mariners on waivers.

    2015 - The Philadelphia Phillies signed Gregory Infante as a free agent.

    2016 - The Chicago White Sox signed Derek Holland as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 14...

    1861 - Wylie, Ren
    1863 - Gruber, Henry
    1870 - Van Buren, Deacon
    1873 - Anderson, John

    1879 - Calhoun, Jack
    1882 - Edwards, Ralph
    1886 - Uhler, Maury
    1889 - Tyler, Lefty
    1890 - Tincup, Ben
    1891 - Tedrow, Al
    1892 - Kallio, Rudy
    1894 - Edwards, Jim Joe

    1894 - Baumgartner, Stan
    1896 - Hargreaves, Charlie
    1897 - Archdeacon, Maurice

    1897 - Simon, Syl
    1899 - Lawrence, Bob

    1900 - Wilke, Harry
    1901 - Bell, Les
    1903 - Moore, Jim
    1905 - Weiland, Bob

    1908 - Lyons, Terry
    1909 - Walkup, Jim
    1913 - Smith, Eddie

    1914 - Peters, Rusty
    1915 - Erickson, Paul
    1921 - Adams, Bobby
    1923 - LaPalme, Paul

    1925 - Jones, Sam
    1929 - Linhart, Carl
    1929 - Whisenant, Pete
    1933 - Schoonmaker, Jerry
    1938 - Hunt, Ken
    1942 - Roland, Jim
    1943 - May, Jerry
    1945 - Goossen, Greg
    1948 - Garcia, Ralph
    1949 - Buckner, Bill

    1961 - Robinson, Jeff
    1964 - Lyden, Mitch
    1965 - Biggio, Craig
    1965 - Hill, Ken

    1969 - Hatteberg, Scott
    1969 - Nilsson, Dave
    1971 - Ludwick, Eric
    1972 - Jensen, Marcus
    1974 - Koch, Billy

    1975 - Lopez, Rodrigo
    1977 - Wright, Danny

    1977 - Devore, Doug
    1978 - Gassner, Dave
    1981 - Guzman, Angel
    1981 - Marcum, Shaun
    1982 - Fields, Josh

    1984 - Heisey, Chris
    1988 - Grace, Matt
    1989 - Roach, Donn
    1990 - Ohman, Mike
    1991 - Frazier, Adam
    1994 - McMahon, Ryan

    Baseball Deaths on December 14...

    1899 - Dooms, Harry
    1900 - Devlin, Jim
    1915 - Murphy, Danny
    1924 - McFarland, Chappie
    1926 - Needham, Tom
    1926 - Myers, George
    1930 - Hubbard, Al
    1944 - Meekin, Jouett
    1945 - Murphy, Connie
    1946 - Dowse, Tom
    1952 - Hansford, Frank
    1957 - Chapman, Fred
    1962 - Woodman, Dan
    1962 - Osteen, Champ
    1962 - Katz, Bob
    1970 - Hill, Herman
    1970 - Tragesser, Walt
    1979 - Smith, Vinnie
    1980 - Howard, Elston
    1985 - Maris, Roger
    1991 - Ciaffone, Larry
    1993 - Scala, Jerry

    1997 - Baumholtz, Frank
    1999 - Martinez, Hector
    2002 - Arft, Hank
    2004 - Kanehl, Rod
    2004 - Doyle, Danny
    2005 - Bowers, Stew
    2007 - Marshall, Cuddles
    2008 - Willhite, Nick





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« Reply #4509 on: December 15, 2017, 12:44:21 am »

    On December 15 in Baseball History...

    1896 - The first pitching machine, created by Princeton professor Charles E. Hinton, is demonstrated in the university's gymnasium. The mathematics instructor's device resembles a rifle which shoots the ball toward the batter.

    1900 - The Giants trade Amos Rusie, a veteran pitcher who hasn't played since 1898, but won 20+ games in each season during his eight years with the team, to the Reds for Christy Mathewson. 'Matty', a future Hall of Famer, will post a 372-188 record and will become a legend during his 17-year tenure in New York.

    1910 - During a five hour session at the Hotel Breslin in New York, National League president Tom Lynch informs the owners that umpires will be required to take a 'severe' eye test before the start of the season. As a result of the edict, any arbitrator found to have defective eyesight will not be allowed to work.

    1912 - The Cubs trade Joe Tinker along with Harry Chapman and Grover Lowdermilk to the Reds for Red Corriden, Bert Humphries, Pete Knisely, Mike Mitchell and Art Phelan. The former Chicago shortstop, immortalized in 1910 by Franklin Pierce Adams' baseball poem "Tinker to Evers to Chance", will serve as the player-manager for Cincinnati next season

    1920 - Yankees general manager Ed Barrow pries future Hall of Fame pitcher Waite Hoyt, catcher Wally Schang, lefty Harry Harper, and infielder Mike McNally from his former Boston team in exchange for second baseman Del Pratt, catcher Muddy Ruel, pitcher Hank Thormahlen, outfielder Sammy Vick, and cash.

    1933 - The major leagues agree on a uniform ball, to be livelier than the NL ball of recent seasons, to match the AL balls. Owners also agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15.

    1948 - The Dodgers trade the much heralded, but injury prone Pete Reiser to the Braves for outfielder Myron McCormick. 'Pistol Pete' will play in only 137 games in his two years in Boston.

    1960 - The Reds, who finished 20 games below .500, obtain two players in separate deals who both will play key roles in their unexpected run to next season's National League pennant when they send shortstop Roy McMillan to the Braves for Juan Pizarro and Joey Jay, who will 21 games for his new team. Pizarro will be packaged by Cincinnati along with Cal McLish to obtain White Sox third baseman Gene Freese, who will hit 26 home runs and drive in 87 runs for the NL champs.

    1967 - The Mets obtain Tommy Agee, the 1966 Rookie of the Year, and utility infielder Al Weis from the White Sox in exchange for Buddy Booker, Tommy Davis, Jack Fisher and Billy Wynne. New York's newest additions will both play a pivotal role in the team's 1969 World Championship season.

    1974 - Arbitrator Peter Seitz rules in favors of Cy Young winner Jim Hunter in a dispute with A's owner Charlie O. Finley making 'Catfish' a very attractive unrestricted free agent.

    1980 - Dave Winfield becomes the highest-paid player in baseball when he signs a 10-year, $15 million contract with the Yankees.

    1981 - The Yankees and Ron Guidry agree to a four-year, $3.6 million deal keeping the free agent in New York. During the span of the contract, 'Gator' will average nearly 17 wins a season.

    1995 - The Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston is opened as the Splendid Splinter leads the way.

    2000 - In their third free agent signing in the last eight days, the Red Sox come to terms pitcher Hideo Nomo signing the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year to a one-year deal worth 4.5 million dollars.

    2001 - The Mariners acquire 32-year old two-time All-Star third baseman Jeff Cirillo (.312, 17, 83) from the Rockies in exchange for reliever Jose Paniagua and minor leaguers Dennis Stark and Brian Fuentes.

    2002 - With the threat of losing their heavy-hitting second baseman, Jeff Kent, the Giants sign former All-Star free agent Edgardo Alfonzo (.308, 16, 56) to a four-year deal. The 29-year-old infielder, who was named the Mets All-time second baseman in August, was not tendered arbitration after turning down a number of contract proposals from the team.

    2004 - Coming off an injury-shortened season with the Diamondbacks, Richie Sexson (.233, 9, 23) agrees to a $50 million, four-year deal with the Mariners. The 29-year old free-agent first baseman will be reunited with Seattle’s new manager Mike Hargrove, his former skipper in Cleveland from 1997-2000.

    2004 - After offering a four-year deal worth approximately $53 million, the Mets announce officially the club has come to terms with Pedro Martinez (16-9, 3.90 ERA). The former Red Sox ace, who posted a 117-37 record in seven seasons with Boston, criticizes his former team for not being more aggressive in retaining his services.

    2004 - After the District of Columbia Council votes to require private financing for at least half of the construction costs of a Nationals’ new ballpark, major league baseball suspends all sales of the team’s merchandise and tickets. The decision may make any thing with the National League’s newest logo quite a collector’s item.

    2006 - Buck O'Neil, who passed away in October, is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President George W. Bush for his "excellence and determination both on and off the baseball field." Accepting the country's highest civilian honor on behalf of the Negro league baseball legend is his 91-year old brother, Warren.

    2007 - Joining his close friend closer Takashi Saito, free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda agrees to a three-year, $35.2 million deal to pitch for the Dodgers. The 33-year old native of Osaka complied a 103-89 record posting a 3.69 ERA in the Japanese Central League during past 11 seasons playing with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

    2008 - In possibly the richest contract ever offered to an older player, 46-year-old Jamie Moyer (16-7, 3.71) signs a $13 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Champion Phillies. In his last outing, the southpaw pitched six strong innings against Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the World Series.

    2008 - The Tigers improve their infield defense signing Adam Everett to a one-year contract reported worth $1 million to replace the departed Edgar Renteria, who signed a free-agent deal to play with San Francisco earlier in the month. The light-hitting infielder, formerly with Minnesota, is known to be one of the better defensive shortstops in baseball and will improve upon the 16 errors made at that position last season.

    2009 - Adam Lind of the Toronto wins the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. The Blue Jays outfielder batted .299 along with 21 homers and 74 RBIs appearing in 95 games as a DH for Toronto.

    2009 - Bud Selig announces the establishment of a special committee, composed of managers and longtime executives who will explore "on-field matters", that the baseball commissioner will chair. The 15 panel members include four owner representatives- Paul Beeston (Blue Jays), Dave Montgomery (Phillies), Chuck Armstrong (Mariners), and Bill DeWitt (Cardinals), three current managers - Tony La Russa (Cardinals), Jim Leyland (Rockies), and Joe Torre (Dodgers) along with Mike Scioscia (Angels), Orioles president for baseball operations Andy MacPhail, Indians GM Mark Shapiro, Braves president John Schuerholz, former Twins GM Terry Ryan, political columnist George Will, and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

    2009 - The Los Angeles Dodgers traded outfielder Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for two players to be named later; Los Angeles Dodgers received  pitchers John Ely and Jon Link.

    2011 - The Twins' signing of former Oakland left fielder Josh Willingham (.246, 29, 98) to a three-year deal worth $21 million makes it unlikely the team will try to ink their own free agent outfielders. Minnesota is expected to have fleet flycatchers Denard Span and Ben Revere filling in the vacancies created by the probable departure of Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel.

    2012 - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sign free agent outfield Josh Hamilton to a five year, $125 million contract.

    2014 - The Cubs and Jon Lester agree to a six-year contract reportedly worth $155 million with a seventh year option worth $15 million, making the southpaw one of the highest paid players in baseball history. The multiyear deal, valued at about $25.8 million annually, is the richest ever given to a pitcher in free agency.

    2015 - The Chicago Cubs signed free agent outfielder Jason Heyward to a eight year, $184 million contract.

    2016 - The New York Yankees signed Aroldis Chapman as a free agent.

    2016 - The Giants make the final payment on AT&T Park, 17 years after playing their first game in the new ballpark located in the China Basin. The team’s home, originally known as Pacific Bell Park when the gates opened in 2000, was built by HOK Sport at a cost of $357 million dollars.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 15...

    1860 - Powell, Abner
    1863 - Van Dyke, Bill
    1868 - Hemming, George
    1878 - Slagle, Walt
    1882 - Clarke, Nig
    1884 - Nealon, Jim
    1888 - Prendergast, Mike
    1902 - Watt, Frank
    1906 - Kane, Tom
    1910 - Stumpf, George

    1919 - Trinkle, Ken
    1920 - Robinson, Eddie

    1923 - Bonness, Bill
    1929 - Herbert, Ray

    1930 - Sullivan, Haywood
    1931 - Esposito, Sammy
    1944 - Bahnsen, Stan

    1945 - Blanco, Gil
    1946 - Howe, Art
    1947 - Crosby, Ken
    1948 - Rau, Doug
    1950 - Hockenbery, Chuck
    1950 - Proly, Mike

    1951 - Sexton, Jimmy
    1952 - Bulling, Bud
    1967 - Vaughn, Mo
    1970 - Helling, Rick
    1970 - Ellis, Robert

    1971 - Ramirez, Hector
    1975 - Clemente, Edgard
    1976 - Miles, Aaron

    1978 - Wuertz, Mike
    1979 - Cameron, Kevin
    1981 - Gonzalez, Andy

    1981 - Montanez, Lou
    1984 - Houser, James
    1984 - Garner, Cole
    1986 - Buss, Nick
    1987 - Copeland, Scott
    1988 - Pressly, Ryan
    1990 - Hildenberger, Trevor
    1991 - Crockett, Kyle

    Baseball Deaths on December 15...

    1892 - Shetzline, John
    1915 - Murphy, Tony
    1921 - Weber, Harry
    1932 - Bishop, Bill
    1941 - Gillpatrick, George
    1944 - Chatterton, Jim
    1945 - Hess, Tom
    1949 - Hershey, Frank
    1958 - Heitmann, Harry
    1961 - Hoy, Dummy

    1964 - Wachtel, Paul
    1965 - Newsome, Dick
    1968 - McLaughlin, Jim
    1975 - Chatham, Buster
    1979 - Hack, Stan
    1981 - Wisner, Jack
    1981 - Glass, Tom
    1984 - Tomer, George
    1990 - Otis, Bill
    1992 - Mulligan, Dick
    1998 - Riddle, Johnny

    1999 - Kazak, Eddie
    2000 - Floyd, Bubba
    2002 - Stuart, Dick
    2003 - Hamner, Garvin
    2004 - Marino, Jimmy
    2011 - Carey, Andy






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« Reply #4510 on: December 16, 2017, 12:32:52 am »

    On December 16 in Baseball History...

    1922 - The Eastern Colored League (chartered as the Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs) is formally organized. The league will complete five seasons before folding in midsummer 1928.

    1926 - Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is given a new seven-year term as commissioner with a raise to $65,000 per annum.

    1938 - The Braves trade catcher Ray Mueller to the Pirates for Al Todd, who will be dealt to Brooklyn in March, and Johnny Dickshot, who will be shipped to the Giants in April. Mueller will play in only 90 games over two seasons for Pittsburgh.

    1953 - In an 11-player trade, the Yankees trade top prospect Vic Power to the Philadelphia A's. The powerful first baseman, who had hoped to be the first black to play for the Yankees, enjoyed three outstanding seasons in the minors, including batting .331 and driving 109 runs for the Newark Bears last season, the team's top farm club.

    1954 - Willie Mays becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in his first full year in the majors when he easily outdistances Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski for the honor. The 23-year-old Giants center fielder made his big league debut at the end of May in 1951, but missed the last two seasons due to his military service in the U.S. Army.

    1975 - Bill Veeck gets back into baseball by heading a group which buys eighty percent of the White Sox from John Allyn. The former owner of the Indians and the Browns will see his new team win their first pennant in 40 years, with 1.4 million fans turning the turnstiles to establish an attendance record for home games.

    1976 - Reds' first baseman Tony Perez and pitcher Will McEnaney are traded to the Expos for pitchers Woody Fryman and Dale Murray

    1976 - Court proceedings in Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Commissioner Bowie Kuhn begins in Chicago. At issue is Kuhn's voiding of Finley's attempted player sales in June. The proceedings will take 15 days, and the decision will take three months.

    1982 - Tom Seaver agrees to a new contract with the Mets, completing a trade that sends him back to New York from Cincinnati. The Reds receive pitcher Charlie Puleo and minor leaguers Lloyd McClendon and Jason Felice for the three-time Cy Young Award winner, who was 5-13 with a 5.50 ERA in 1982.

    1983 - Replacing Billy Martin (91-71, third place), Yogi Berra is hired for the second time to manage the Yankees. The Hall of Famer's self-exile from Yankee Stadium will last for nearly 15 seasons, after he is dismissed 16 games into the 1985 season despite receiving assurances from owner George Steinbrenner that he would not be fired.

    1991 - Clemente Nuñez becomes the first player in Marlins history. The 16-year-old Dominican right-hander, signed by Florida scout Edmundo Borrome, is assigned to the Gulf Coast Rookie League.

    1992 - Dusty Baker, 44, is selected to replace Roger Craig in the dugout as manager of the Giants. During his ten-year tenure, the former hitting coach will compile a 840-715 (.540) record and will be named the National League Manager of the Year three times.

    1996 - Unable to come to terms with the Yankees, World Series MVP John Wetteland signs a four-year free-agent deal worth $23 million to close games for Texas. The 29 year-old right-handed reliever, who saved all four victories in the Fall Classic against Atlanta, became expendable in New York with the emergence of Mariano Rivera, the team's nearly-perfect setup man.

    2001 - The Giants obtain their first Japanese player since 1964 when Masanori Murakami became the first ballplayer from Japan to appear in a major league game. San Francisco trades starting pitcher Shawn Estes (9-8, 4.02) to the Mets in exchange for outfielder outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo (.267, 10, 56) and infielder Desi Relaford (.302, 8, 36), who will be traded the Mariners for David Bell.

    2002 - After being invited to the Dominican Republic by President Hipolito Mejia, Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh meets one of his favorite players, island resident Sammy Sosa. The Dominican outfielder, who is one homer shy of the coveted 500, will have to hit several hundred more to reach the mark of 868 set by the 62-year old during his 22 seasons playing for the Yomiuri Giants.

    2002 - After declining the $4.6 million two-year December 7 contract offer by the Yankees, which he had only 15 minutes to consider, Mike Stanton (7-1, 3.00, 6 saves) still decides to stay in town by agreeing to a $9 million, three-year, no trade contract with the cross-town rival Mets. The All-Star reliever wasn't offered salary arbitration by the Bronx Bombers after he failed to respond to their ultimatum.

    2003 - Miguel Tejada agrees to a six-year $72 million contract with the Orioles making it the largest deal in the history of the franchise. The shortstop batted .287 with 27 home runs while driving in 106 runs last season for the Western Division champions Oakland A's.

    2008 - The Phillies finalize their $31.5 million, three-year deal with free-agent Raul Ibanez (.293, 23, 110). The 36-year-old former Seattle outfielder, who will replace the departing Pat Burrell, provides another left-handed bat in an already potent Phillies lineup which includes lefties Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

    2008 - The Orioles sign former Cardinal infielder Cesar Izturis to a $6 million two-year deal to fill the team’s void at shortstop. The 28-year old free agent, considered an oustanding defensive player, won a Gold Glove playing with the Dodgers in 2004.

    2009 - In a complicated blockbuster deal, involving four teams, nine players and results in two Cy Young winners being traded on the same day for the first time in baseball history, the Phillies send three top minor leaguers, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right-hander Kyle Drabek (son of former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek), and outfielder Michael Taylor, who will be traded to get A's third baseman Brett Wallace, to the Blue Jays for Roy Halladay. After securing their new ace, Philadelphia sends their former ace, Cliff Lee, to the Mariners to restock their minor league system by getting prospects outfielder Tyson Gillies and righthanders Phillippe Aumont and Juan Ramirez from Seattle.

    2009 - Yankee free-agent Hideki Matsui signs a one-year deal with the Angels worth $6.5 million. This year's World Series MVP decided to take LA's offer rather than wait to see if the uninterested Bronx Bombers planned to bring him back as the DH, the role he is expected to play with his new club.

    2009 - The Red Sox and 36-year-old Mike Cameron (.250, 24, 70) finalize a $15.5 million, two-year contract. The three-time Gold Glove winner will help fill the void in the outfield with the anticipated departure of free agent left fielder Jason Bay.

    2009 - John Lackey and the Red Sox come to terms on an $82.5 million, five-year deal. The 31-year old right-hander, who compiled a 102-71 record along with a 3.81 ERA in eight seasons in the major leagues, all with the Angels, adds depth to a strong rotation which includes Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Jon Lester.

    2011 - A federal judge sentences former Giants' super-star Barry Bonds to 30 days of house arrest, 2 years of probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $4,000 fine. The all-time home run champion, who is appealing his guilty verdict for the obstruction of justice, could have faced 15 months of jail time, as recommended by the prosecution.

    2012 - Torri Hunter signs a two-year, $26 million contract with the Tigers, the team the free-agent clearly wanted to play for after leaving the Angels. The deal, which was completed in less than an hour, brings the well-respected Gold Glove outfielder to the Motor City in the pursuit of a World Championship, a prize yet to be realized in the All-Star's 16-year major league career.

    2013 - The Atlanta Braves signed Gavin Floyd as a free agent.

    2013 - The Chicago White Sox traded Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Matt Davidson.

    2014 - The Chicago White Sox signed free agent Melky Cabrera to a three-year/$42 million contract.

    2014 - The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Brandon McCarthy as a free agent.

    2014 - The Kansas City Royals signed Kendrys Morales as a free agent.

    2014 - The Cleveland Indians signed Gavin Floyd as a free agent.

    2015 - The Cincinnati Reds traded Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox as part of 3-team trade in which the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds; and the Chicago White Sox sent Trayce Thompson, Micah Johnson and Frankie Montas to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    2015 - The San Francisco Giants signed Johnny Cueto as a free agent.

    2015 - The Colorado Rockies signed Mark Reynolds as a free agent.

    2015 - The Atlanta Braves signed Tyler Flowers as a free agent.

    2016 - The Miami Marlins signed Javy Guerra as a free agent.

    2016 - The Baltimore Orioles signed Welington Castillo as a free agent.

    2016 - The Chicago White Sox signed Chris Volstad as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 16...

    1856 - Hotaling, Pete
    1876 - Strang, Sammy
    1876 - Crolius, Fred
    1884 - Girard, Charlie
    1886 - Otey, Bill
    1891 - Tyler, Fred
    1892 - Moore, Scrappy
    1897 - Wigington, Fred
    1898 - Shellenback, Frank

    1898 - Cousineau, Dee
    1900 - Kaufmann, Tony
    1901 - McMullen, Hugh
    1904 - Berry, Joe
    1909 - Mailho, Emil
    1917 - Pruett, Jim
    1928 - Hansen, Doug
    1931 - Chrisley, Neil
    1934 - Bailey, Jim
    1936 - Richards, Duane
    1941 - Phillips, Adolfo
    1951 - Flanagan, Mike
    1952 - Bianco, Tommy
    1956 - Sofield, Rick
    1957 - Gorman, Tom
    1958 - Wilborn, Ted
    1958 - Johnson, Rondin
    1959 - Noce, Paul
    1963 - Jelic, Chris
    1964 - Ripken, Billy
    1965 - Hennis, Randy
    1965 - Jones, Chris
    1969 - Wood, Jason
    1971 - Granger, Jeff
    1972 - Gipson, Jr., Charles
    1976 - Kinney, Matt
    1980 - Hall, Josh
    1982 - Britton, Chris
    1982 - Ochoa, Ivan
    1983 - Wilhelmsen, Tom
    1986 - Anderson, Bryan
    1986 - Escobar, Alcides
    1986 - Lollis, Ryan
    1987 - Santiago, Hector

    1989 - Chatwood, Tyler

    Baseball Deaths on December 16...

    1915 - Hofford, John
    1920 - Bayless, Dick
    1924 - Dealy, Pat
    1937 - Reilly, Charlie
    1937 - Boyd, Frank
    1940 - Hamilton, Billy
    1941 - Garfield, Bill
    1949 - Himes, Jack
    1959 - Dashner, Lee
    1970 - Winford, Jim
    1971 - Schupp, Ferdie

    1984 - Garms, Debs
    1986 - Caulfield, Jake
    1988 - Hatten, Joe
    1988 - Kahle, Bob
    1990 - Flager, Wally
    1998 - Gorsica, Johnny
    2000 - Perkovich, John

    2004 - Abernathy, Ted
    2004 - Mattick, Bobby
    2006 - Travis, Cecil
    2015 - McAnany, Jim


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« Reply #4511 on: December 17, 2017, 12:35:08 am »

    On December 17 in Baseball History...

    1891 - The American Association disbands. The Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Browns, Louisville Colonels and Washington Senators will become part of the 12-team National League.

    1898 - John Day is named as the Giants manager. New York's new skipper will be replaced by Fred Hoey after just 66 games next season when the team gets off to a 29-35 start.

    1920 - The AL votes to allow pitchers who used the spitball in 1920 to continue using it as long as they are in the league. The NL will do the same. There will be 17 holdover spitballers in all.
   1924 - The Yankees trade three pitchers to the Browns to get back Urban Shocker, a pitcher traded to St. Louis in 1918. Shocker had been a 20-game winner for four consecutive seasons.

    1928 - NL President John Heydler's designated hitter idea gets the backing of John McGraw, but the AL is against it.

    1932 - The Cardinals trade former National League Most Valuable Player Jim Bottomley to the Reds. The Redbirds get Estel Crabtree, who will play in only 23 games, and Ownie Carroll, who will be shipped to Brooklyn before the start of the season, in a deal which appears to be a steal for a nine-time .300 hitter and future Hall of Famer with productive years left.

     1964 - The Yankees fire long time television and radio voice Mel Allen. This well known broadcaster popularized the 'going, going, gone' home run call and often said 'how about that' to describe happenings on the ball field.

    1975 - Bill Veeck, who became the owner of the team yesterday, fires manager Chuck Tanner and selects old friend Paul Richards to manage the White Sox.

    1992 - The Twins sign free-agent DH/outfielder Dave Winfield. Last season for the World Champion Blue Jays, the St. Paul native hit .290 and had 108 RBIs and 26 home runs.

    1993 - Rickey Henderson returns to the A's signing a two-year $8.6 million contract.

    2000 - City and club officials announce plans for the financing and construction of a new, downtown Miami retractable roof ballpark for the Marlins. The state-of-the-art $385 million stadium, which will be a 40,000-seat facility with 60 luxury suites, includes a 40-year lease and an agreement to rename the team the Miami Marlins.

    2002 - After bringing the Giants to the brink of a world championship, Russ Ortiz (14-10, 3.78) is traded by the Giant to the Braves for sophomore southpaw Damian Moss (12-6, 4.11) and minor league prospect Manuel Mateo. The 27-year old right hander left Game 6 with a 5-0 margin, but the Giants bullpen was unable to hold the lead and lost the series to the Diamondbacks in seven games.

    2003 - After agreeing to basics weeks ago, the Yankees and 35-year old Gary Sheffield (.330, 39, 132) finalize a $39 million, three-year deal which includes $13.5 million in deferred money and a $13 million team option for 2007. The seven-time All-Star outfielder played with the Braves last year and has spent time with the Padres, Marlins and Dodgers after breaking in with the Brewers in 1988.

    2004 - Although the terms of the deal are not made public, Edgar Renteria (.287, 10, 72) inks a four year contract believed to be worth $40 million with the World Champion Red Sox. The former Cardinal shortstop, who made the last out in the World Series ending Boston’s 86-year drought, replaces fellow Colombian Orlando Cabrera, the player obtained in July in the Nomar Garciaparra trade.

    2004 - The last place Mariners continue to sign impact free-agents in hopes to improve upon last season’s poor performance (63-99) as the team signs 25-year-old Adrian Beltre (.334, 48, 121) to a $64 million, five-year deal. The former Dodger third baseman joins Richie Sexson, a free agent Seattle signed to a four-year, $50 million contract two days ago.

    2004 - A tentative three-team deal which included Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson and pitcher Kazuhisa Ishii being traded to the Yankees, Dodger outfielder Shawn Green and pitcher Brad Penny being sent to the Diamondbacks, with Jose Vazquez and prospects going to the Dodgers falls apart at the eleventh hour. The blockbuster transaction is stopped when LA backs out.

    2007 - The Yankees continue to sign their own free agents as the team finalizes a $45 million, three-year contract with their 38-year old closer, Mariano Rivera (3-4, 3.15). Earlier in the off-season, the Bronx Bombers also signed Jorge Posada ($52.4 million/ 4 years), Alex Rodriguez ($275/ 10 years) and Andy Pettitte ($16 million/ 1-year).

    2010 - After losing the right-hander to free-agency two seasons ago, the Cubs sign Kerry Wood, one of the franchise's most popular players of the recent past, to a $1.5 million, one-year deal that includes bonuses for appearances and games finished. After attending Ron Santo’s funeral last week, the 33-year old free-agent reached out to Tom Ricketts, letting the club owner know he would accept a modest offer to return to the northside of Chicago.

    2010 - The Tigers announce coming to terms with Magglio Ordonez when the outfielder agrees to a one-year, $10 million dollar deal. Two months ago, the team declined a $15 million option on their starting right-fielder who suffered a broken ankle in July, appearing in only 84 games.

    2010 - The Padres and Orlando Hudson have agreed to a two-year deal valued at $11.5 million. The former Minnesota second baseman is expected the fill the void by the departure of David Eckstein to free agency.

    2010 - The Padres acquire their former shortstop Jason Bartlett and a player to be named later by trading relievers Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos, along with minor leaguer right-hander Brandon Gomes and infielder prospect Cole Figueroa to the Rays. At the end of the day, the Friars will finalize their deal with second baseman Orlando Hudson completing the team's new double-play combination for next season.

    2011 - The Reds obtain right-hander Mat Latos from the Padres for four players that include two former first-round picks, infielder Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Granda, along with starting pitcher Edinson Volque and minor leaguer Brad Boxberger. The deal fills a serious need by bolstering Cincinnati's rotation, but many observers believe the team gave up too much to acquire the quality starter.

    2012 - In a seven-player swap, the Mets acquire highly-regarded minor leaguers Travis d'Arnaud, a catcher, and righthanded pitcher Noah Syndergaard, in addition to backstop John Buck and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra from the Blue Jays in exchange for righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. New York decided to deal their 38 year-old knuckleballer, last season's NL Cy Young award winner who had a year remaining on his contract, to procure two of Toronto's top prospects.

    2013 - The San Francisco Giants signed Michael Morse as a free agent.

    2014 - The Miami Marlins signed Michael Morse as a free agent.

    2016 - The Minnesota Twins signed J.B. Shuck as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 17...

    1859 - Hutchison, Bill
    1867 - Doty, Babe
    1867 - Wadsworth, Jack
    1875 - McHale, Jim
    1876 - Patterson, Roy
    1880 - Falkenberg, Cy
    1883 - Oakes, Rebel
    1886 - McAdams, Jack
    1889 - Harris, Ben
    1893 - Yeabsley, Bert
    1896 - Mattox, Jim
    1898 - Tuero, Oscar
    1898 - Lutz, Red
    1900 - Swanson, Karl
    1914 - Smith, Dave
    1918 - Jones, Dale
    1919 - Kucab, Johnny
    1920 - Schultz, Mike
    1926 - Jablonski, Ray
    1934 - Hadley, Kent
    1936 - Sheldon, Rollie
    1936 - Adair, Jerry

    1938 - Cardenas, Leo
    1947 - Sands, Charlie
    1957 - Dempsey, Mark
    1957 - Ojeda, Bob
    1959 - Wynne, Marvell
    1959 - Clutterbuck, Bryan
    1967 - Valdez, Rafael
    1967 - Parris, Steve
    1968 - Pride, Curtis
    1969 - Pemberton, Rudy
    1970 - Cather, Mike
    1971 - Hemphill, Bret
    1975 - Villafuerte, Brandon
    1976 - Almonte, Edwin
    1976 - Dellaero, Jason
    1978 - Cintron, Alex

    1978 - Utley, Chase
    1979 - Kelton, Dave
    1980 - Thayer, Dale
    1982 - Barfield, Josh
    1982 - Mateo, Juan
    1984 - Pomeranz, Stuart
    1985 - Abad, Fernando
    1986 - Edgin, Josh
    1987 - Solano, Donovan
    1987 - Tartamella, Travis
    1990 - Rogers, Taylor
    1992 - Gomez, Miguel
    1992 - Vogelbach, Dan

    Baseball Deaths on December 17...

    1916 - Carey, Scoops
    1916 - Peak, Elias
    1927 - Gilbert, Bill
    1933 - DeArmond, Charlie
    1947 - Viau, Lee
    1953 - DeVoy, Walt
    1953 - McEvoy, Lou
    1954 - Proctor, Red
    1955 - DeGroff, Rube
    1956 - Dodd, Ona
    1957 - Ostermueller, Fritz
    1958 - Scarsella, Les
    1959 - Young, Del
    1961 - Bodie, Ping
    1968 - Severeid, Hank
    1970 - Park, Jim
    1975 - Farrell, Kerby

    1985 - O'Dea, Ken
    1985 - Bowman, Elmer
    1989 - Eaton, Zeb
    1991 - Flores, Jesse
    1995 - Cox, George
    1997 - Mazzera, Mel
    2006 - Sherry, Larry
    2008 - Smith, Dave
    2010 - Dropo, Walt

    2012 - Pastore, Frank
    2015 - Brown, Hal




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« Reply #4512 on: December 18, 2017, 12:06:29 am »

    On December 18 in Baseball History...

    1952 - Ellis W. Ryan resigns after failing to secure a vote of confidence at a shareholder's meeting. After losing the showdown with general manager Hank Greenberg, the president of the Indians resigns and sells his stock for a nifty profit of more than a quarter of a million dollars for the 551 shares he purchased three years ago.

    1956 - Former Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto signs as a Yankee radio-TV announcer.

    1973 - The Yankees announce the signing of Dick Williams as manager, precipitating a legal showdown with Charlie Finley. Two days later, AL president Joe Cronin rules that the Yankees cannot sign Williams.

    1975 - Chuck Tanner signs a three-year deal to manage the A's. After compiling a 87-74 (.540) record to finish in second place, Oakland will release the New Castle, PA native from his contract allowing him to manage the Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 from Pittsburgh.

    1981 - The Reds swap third baseman Ray Knight to the Astros for outfielder Cesar Cedeno. The trade will help both clubs with each player spending at least 2+ years in a productive role with their new team.

    1985 - The Giants trade Rob Deer to the Brewers for farmhands Eric Pilkington and Dean Freeland.

    1990 - The NL announces the six finalist cities for the two expansion clubs that will join the league in Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and Washington, D.C.

    2000 - Charles Johnson, the catcher when the team won the 1997 World Series, agrees to return to the Marlins signs a five-year contract worth $35 million. The 29-year old backstop batted .304 with 31 home runs and 91 RBIs for the Orioles and White Sox last season.

    2000 - Free agent Sandy Alomar Jr. agrees to a $5.4 million, two-year deal with the White Sox. The former Indians catcher will replace Charles Johnson, who earlier in the day signed to a $35 million, five-year contract with the Marlins.

    2001 - Filling the void created by Mark McGwire's unexpected retirement, the Cardinals sign first baseman Tino Martinez to a $21 million, three-year contract. After he was replaced in the Yankees lineup by Jason Giambi, the former Bronx Bomber said the Cardinals were his first choice as a free agent.

    2001 - John Rocker is traded to the Rangers from the Indians for minor league pitcher David Elder. The reliever, not known for his clubhouse diplomacy, will join recently acquired Carl Everett, who also has had difficulties with management and teammates.

    2002 - After spending the previous six seasons with the Giants, the 2000 National League MVP Jeff Kent (.313, 37, 108) signs an $18.2 million, two-year contract with the Astros. The 34-year old Texas resident's presence on the team moves four-time second base Gold Glove winner, Craig Biggio to the outfield.

    2002 - The Rangers sign free agent Doug Glanville to a reported one-year, $1 million deal. In July, Texas will trade the former Philadelphia outfielder to Chicago, where he will be the hero of the Cubs' 5-4 victory over Florida when he triples home the winning run in the top of the 11th inning in Game 3 of the NLCS.

    2003 - Adam Kennedy (.269, 13, 49) agrees to an $8.85 million, three-year deal with the Angels. The 28-year old second baseman has a career average of .277, 36 homers and 229 RBIs during his four years with Anaheim.

    2004 - Two days after trading pitching ace Tim Hudson (17-8, 4.43) to the Braves, the A's deal Mark Mulder to the Cardinals for starting pitcher Dan Haren, reliever Kiko Calero and minor league catching prospect Daric Barton. Five of the six players obtained by giving up two-thirds of the team’s ‘Big Three’ are expected to be part of the opening day roster for Oakland.

    2005 - The bat Pete Rose used to hit his 159th career home run in 1985 is acquired by for $103,631.91 during Lelands Winter 2005 Auction. The on-line c@sino, infamous for placing winning bids for the Dallas Grassy Knoll fence and the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, plans to raise money for charity by sawing the bat in half to determine if the bat is corked as is widely believed.

    2007 - In a statement released by his attorney, Randy Hendricks, Roger Clemens vehemently denies the allegations put forth by the Mitchell Report concerning his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Brian McNamee, the former trainer of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, states in the report he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times while Clemens was a member of the 1998 Blue Jays and the 2000-01 Yankees.

    2008 - Sixteen-year-olds Bill Pena, a catcher, and southpaw Gregory Baez agree to contracts with the Nationals. The Dominican youngsters were scouted by the team at the Loma del Sueno complex in San Cristobal.

    2008 - The Astros sign free-agent Aaron Boone (.241, 6, 28) to a $750,000, one-year contract deal. The former National infielder will who will share third base with Geoff Blum, and Chris Johnson, fills the void created when the team didn't tender Ty Wigginton a contract as a means of cutting the payroll, making the infielder a free agent.

    2009 - The Orioles finalize their $12 million, two-year deal with Mike Gonzalez hoping the veteran southpaw reliever can outpitch his competition this spring to become a dependable closer for the team, that has not had one since trading George Sherrill to L.A. at the end of July. The 31-year old Texan posted a 5-4 record with 10 saves for Atlanta last season, and in 2006 compiled a career-high 24 saves for the Pirates before undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery the following season.

    2009 - Avoiding arbitration, Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins agree to a $3.8 million, one-year deal, which is an increase of $1.4 million from last season. The team's Opening Day starter posted a 13-9 record compiling an ERA of 5.06 for the Fish last season.

    2009 - The Cubs trade outcast Milton Bradley to the Mariners in exchange for starting pitcher Carlos Silva (1-3, 8.60), Seattle's very costly and underachieving right-hander. Chicago suspended the outspoken and unpopular outfielder for his criticism of the atmosphere surrounding the team as being the reason the club hasn’t won a World Series since 1908.

    2009 - The Chicago White Sox traded John Ely and Jon Link to the Los Angeles Dodgers completing trade in which the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for 2 players to be named later (December 15, 2009).

    2015 - The Chicago White Sox signed Hector Sanchez as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 18...

    1842 - Wolters, Rynie
    1860 - Hamill, John
    1864 - Oldfield, Dave
    1870 - Rothermel, Bobby
    1873 - Clymer, Bill
    1881 - Essick, Bill
    1881 - Perry, Clay
    1883 - Knolls, Hub
    1886 - Cobb, Ty
    1886 - Murphy, Dummy
    1889 - Napier, Buddy
    1893 - Mulrenan, Dominic

    1893 - Williams, Rinaldo
    1893 - Jacobus, Larry
    1894 - Covington, Sam
    1897 - Richbourg, Lance
    1899 - Barnes, Sam
    1902 - Burke, Les
    1902 - Buskey, Joe
    1906 - Coffman, Dick
    1908 - Pattison, Jimmy
    1911 - Triplett, Coaker
    1915 - Barrett, Johnny
    1924 - Gorman, Herb
    1929 - Cimoli, Gino
    1930 - Baxes, Mike
    1930 - Skowron, Bill

    1938 - White, Mike
    1939 - Versalles, Zoilo
    1944 - Hovley, Steve
    1944 - O'Brien, Syd

    1951 - Ramirez, Orlando
    1953 - Howell, Roy
    1955 - Clancy, Jim
    1958 - Nielsen, Scott

    1961 - Hengel, Dave
    1961 - Bailes, Scott
    1963 - Czajkowski, Jim
    1965 - Blair, Willie
    1969 - Randa, Joe
    1970 - Gulan, Mike
    1972 - Seelbach, Chris
    1974 - Carter, Lance
    1974 - Rodriguez, Jose
    1977 - Acevedo, Jose
    1983 - Brown, Jordan
    1984 - Rodriguez, Josh
    1986 - Carter, Chris

    1987 - Brothers, Rex
    1987 - Owens, Rudy
    1989 - Jungmann, Taylor
    1990 - Johnson, Micah

    1993 - Buxton, Byron

    Baseball Deaths on December 18...

    1899 - Truax, Fred
    1904 - Clapp, John
    1931 - Matteson, C.V.
    1933 - Robinson, Fred
    1940 - Kiley, John
    1943 - Conway, Bill
    1951 - Ohl, Joe
    1955 - Caster, George
    1960 - Nehf, Art
    1974 - Hooper, Harry

    1975 - Allen, Bob
    1976 - Harris, Ned
    1981 - Brown, Jake
    1986 - Shanner, Bill
    1990 - Gibson, Charlie
    2001 - Howerton, Bill
    2004 - Vaughan, Glenn
    2010 - Cavarretta, Phil

    2015 - Hernandez, Evelio





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« Reply #4513 on: December 19, 2017, 01:02:08 am »

    On December 19 in Baseball History...

    1928 -  Senators' player-manager Bucky Harris is traded to the Tigers for infielder Jack Warner. The future Hall of Famer will replace George Moriarity (68-86, 6th place) as the Motor City skipper.

    1936 - The Braves purchase Eddie Mayo from the Giants. The 26-year old infielder will see limited playing time during his two seasons in Boston hitting just .216, but will become a productive war-time player for the Tigers being named the Most Valuable Player by The Sporting News in 1945.

    1954 - Wally Moon (.304, 12, 106) becomes the first Cardinal player to be selected by the BBWAA as the National League's Rookie of the Year. The 24-year-old center fielder, who replaced Enos Slaughter in the St. Louis outfield, gets 17 of the 24 writers' votes with runners-up including future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks (4) and Hank Aaron (1).

    1976 - A single-engine plane crashes into the upper deck of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, home of the Orioles, injuring the pilot and three others. Minutes prior to the mishap the plane had buzzed the stadium during the final moments of the Steelers play-off victory over the Colts.

    1986 - After finding no other clubs interested in signing him, free-agent pitcher and 20-game winner Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with the Tigers. Morris accuses the major league owners of collusion against free agents. Morris had offered to sign a one-year contract, with salary to be determined by an arbitrator, with either the Yankees, Angels, Twins, or Phillies, but was turned down by all four.

    1990 - At a press conference, Tiger management and WJR announce 1991 will be Ernie Harwell's 32nd and final season in the broadcast booth. The dismissal of the Motor City's popular play-by-play announcer starts a furor among fans which includes a threatened boycott of Domino's Pizza, a business of club owner Tom Monaghan, and the rise of the slogan, "Say It Ain't So, Bo", which appears on bumper stickers and T-shirts all over Detroit, referring to Bo Schembechler, the team president and former University of Michigan football coach.

    1991 - The Blue Jays sign free-agent veteran Dave Winfield to be their designated hitter, a role the former Angel fills well when he hits .290 with 26 home runs along with 108 RBIs. The veteran, who will become a fan favorite, provides leadership and experience en route to the team's first world championship.

    1991 - The Orioles sign former 1984 Cy Young Award Rick Sutcliffe (6-5, 4.10) as a free agent after the Cubs decline to offer him a contract due to recurring arm problems. During his two seasons with the Birds, the right-hander will compile a 26-25 record for the club, and will be Baltimore's starter in the team's first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

    2001 - Several hours before a midnight deadline, Barry Bonds accepts the Giants' offer of salary arbitration. San Francisco's decision to go to arbitration avoids a bidding war for their franchise player, and this season's National League MVP's award will be likely worth at least $20 million for one year of service.

    2001 - Free agent Moises Alou (.331, 27, 108) signs a $27 million, three-year deal with the Cubs. The former Astro All-Star's presence in the Chicago line-up, along with Fred McGriff and Sammy Sosa, will give the team a fearsome 3-4-5 threesome.

    2002 - The Japan's most heralded player, 28-year-old outfield slugger Hideki Matsui (.334, 50, 107) reaches a preliminary agreement with the Yankees on a $21 million, three-year contract. 'Godzilla', the three-time Most Valuable Player of Japan's Central League, rejected the Yomiuri Giants' $33 million, four-year offer opting to play for Bronx Bombers.

    2003 - Agreeing to a $6 million, two-year contract with Angels, Jose Guillen (.311, 31, 86) will become the team's right fielder next season. The deal will give Tim Salmon the opportunity to become Anahiem's designated hitter full-time.

    2003 - Kevin Millwood agrees to the Phillies' surprise offer of salary arbitration. As the ace of the staff, the all-star hurler will anchor an outstanding rotation which includes Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla, Eric Milton and Brett Myers.

    2003 - Gary Deporter, the managing partner of the late broadcaster Harry Caray's area restaurants, submits the winning bid of $106,600 to obtain the foul ball that Steve Bartman deflected costing the Cubs a costly out during Game 6 of the NLCS. The plan is to have the ball destroyed as an act of exorcism during a worldwide toast to Harry on his birthday, February 26.

    2006 - The Yankees purchase left-handed pitcher Kei Igawa from the Hanshin Tigers for a posting fee of $26 million, and will sign the Eiji Sawamura Award winner to a five-year deal worth another $20 million. The deal, prompted by Boston's signing of Daisuke Matsuzaka, will prove to be diastrous for the Bronx Bombers when the 27 year-old southpaw compiles a 2-4 record in 14 starts along with an ERA of 6.66 over two seasons.

    2007 - With a 3,200-word posting on his blog,, Curt Schilling urges Roger Clemens, if the right-hander is unable to clear his name, to give up the four Cy Young Awards won after 1997, the period after he allegedly starting taking performance-enhancing substances according to the Mitchell Report. The veteran Red Sox hurler acknowledged the help the 354-game winner gave him as a young pitcher, but wanted to stay consistent having noted previously Jose Canseco should forfeit the 1988 AL MVP award due to the use of steroids.

    2008 - Agreeing to stay in Anaheim, Juan Rivera (.246, 12, 45) agrees to a $12.75, three-year deal to roam the outfield for the Angels. The 30 year-old Venezuelan, who was the team’s best pinch hitter going 5-for-14, including two hits which won games, could also be used as the club's designated hitter.

    2008 - The Dodgers confirmed they have inked their current shortstop, Rafael Furcal, to a three-year deal believed to be worth $33 million. Braves president John Schuerholz, who believed he had an agreement in place to sign the 31-year old infielder earlier in the week, described the negotiation process for the free agent as dishonest, and said his team would never again deal with the Wasserman Media Group.

    2008 - The Marlins come to terms with Josh Johnson, projected to be their No. 1 starter next season. The right-hander, who returned from elbow surgery in midseason to compile a 7-1 record for the third-place Fish, agrees to a one-year, $1.4 million deal which includes incentives for the number of games started in 2009.

    2009 - Scott Rolen agrees to a two-year contract extension to stay with the Reds, a team he was dealt to last July by Toronto for third baseman Edwin Encarnacion along with pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart. The seven-time Gold Glove winner appeared in only 40 games for Cincinnati with his playing time being diminished after getting hit in the head by a Jason Marquis fastball shortly after the trade.

    2010 - The Brewers obtain 27-year old right-handed starter Zack Greinke, as well as shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations, from the Royals in exchange for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress. The acquisition of the 2009 American League Cy Young winner bolsters an already strong Milwaukee rotation that also includes Shaun Marcum, a recent acquisition from Toronto in a deal that sent second-base prospect Brett Lawrie to the Blue Jays.

    2011 - The Diamondbacks and free-agent Jason Kubel come to terms on a two-year deal worth a reported $15 million. The former long-time Minnesota outfielder is expected to add more punch to the reigning NL champs' offense.

    2011 - After offering a reported posting fee of $51.7 million, the Rangers win the rights to negotiate exclusively with Yu Darvish, the 25-year-old right-hander Japanese pitching ace of the Nippon Ham Fighters. Texas now has thirty days to sign the two-time MVP, who posted a 93-38 record along with a 1.99 earned run average during his seven seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League.

    2011 - The Phillies finalize a $33 million, three-year deal with Jimmy Rollins (.268, 16, 63), which includes a vesting option for 2015 at $11 million. The 33-year old shortstop has been has been an integral part of Philadelphia's recent success of winning five consecutive NL East titles and the 2008 world championship.

    2013 - The Chicago White Sox signed Ronald Belisario as a free agent.

    2014 - The Kansas City Royals signed Alex Rios as a free agent.

    2014 - The Tampa Bay Rays traded Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan, Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo to the San Diego Padres as part of 3-team trade in which the San Diego Padres sent Rene Rivera, Burch Smith and Jake Bauers to the Tampa Bay Rays; the Washington Nationals sent Steven Souza and Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays; the San Diego Padres sent Joe Ross to the Washington Nationals; and the San Diego Padres sent Trea Turner to the Washington Nationals (June 14, 2015).

    2014 - The Philadelphia Phillies traded Jimmy Rollins and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Tom Windle and Zach Eflin.

    2014 - The Atlanta Braves traded Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith.

    2016 - The San Francisco Giants signed Jimmy Rollins as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 19...

    1864 - Drissel, Mike
    1872 - Gaston, Welcome
    1875 - O'Hara, Kid
    1875 - Byers, Burley
    1879 - Welday, Mike

    1882 - Krichell, Paul
    1886 - McMahon, Doc
    1887 - Butler, Art
    1891 - Goodwin, Pep
    1892 - Thomas, Fred
    1893 - Strand, Paul
    1897 - Herrera, Mike
    1898 - Koupal, Lou
    1900 - Gilbert, Wally
    1900 - Jeanes, Tex
    1906 - Sullivan, Tom
    1915 - Yount, Eddie
    1915 - Witek, Mickey
    1917 - Poat, Ray
    1918 - O'Brien, Tommy
    1918 - DeKoning, Bill
    1923 - Freiburger, Vern
    1924 - Barney, Rex
    1933 - Windhorn, Gordie
    1934 - Kaline, Al
    1935 - Taylor, Tony
    1936 - Kubiszyn, Jack
    1943 - Williams, Walt

    1944 - Gardner, Rob
    1945 - Kusnyer, Art

    1945 - Zahn, Geoff
    1955 - Stanfield, Kevin
    1956 - Cliburn, Stan
    1956 - Cliburn, Stew
    1956 - Lawless, Tom
    1962 - Wegman, Bill
    1962 - Parker, Clay
    1964 - Fetters, Mike
    1965 - Martinez, Chito
    1966 - Slusarski, Joe
    1967 - Johns, Doug
    1968 - Mouton, James
    1970 - Wilson, Tom
    1973 - Silva, Jose
    1975 - Branyan, Russell
    1976 - Kershner, Jason
    1978 - Woodyard, Mark
    1978 - McDougall, Marshall
    1978 - Chulk, Vinnie
    1978 - Cannizaro, andy
    1979 - Ambres, Chip
    1979 - Soriano, Rafael
    1982 - Baisley, Jeff
    1984 - Kennedy, Ian
    1985 - Taylor, Michael

    1987 - Loup, Aaron
    1989 - Parmley, Ian
    1990 - Cooney, Tim
    1992 - Lrclerc, Jose
    1993 - Ramos, Edubray

    Baseball Deaths on December 19...

    1908 - Foster, Reddy
    1916 - McGuinness, John
    1916 - Allison, Doug
    1934 - Atherton, Charlie
    1938 - Griggs, Art
    1943 - Bergen, Bill
    1949 - Gibson, Robert
    1950 - Anderson, Wingo
    1951 - Lindemann, Bob
    1954 - Pfeffer, Big Jeff
    1955 - Divis, Moxie
    1965 - Knight, John
    1967 - Tappan, Walter
    1970 - Rucker, Nap
    1970 - Wilson, Charlie
    1979 - Sketchley, Bud

    1983 - Collins, Zip
    1984 - Warwick, Bill
    1986 - Stokes, Al
    1998 - Mack, Joe
    2000 - Polli, Lou
    2000 - Thuman, Lou
    2002 - Crocker, Claude
    2002 - Rinker, Bob
    2003 - Mauro, Carmen
    2008 - Ellis, Dock
    2012 - O'Donnell, George




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« Reply #4514 on: December 20, 2017, 12:00:52 am »

    On December 20 in Baseball History...

    1921 - At the major league meetings, the AL votes to return to the best-of-seven World Series the NL votes to keep it best-of-nine. Judge Landis casts the deciding vote, and the best-of-seven format is reinstated.

    1926 - Rogers Hornsby, who batted .317 and managed the Cardinals to the World Championship in 1926, is traded to the Giants for shortstop Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring. While the trade of future Hall of Famers is highly unpopular in St. Louis, Frisch will become a fan favorite and bat .300 or better in seven of his next eight seasons while successfully managing the team for six years. Hornsby will bat .361, .387, and .380 over the next three seasons while bouncing between the Giants, Braves, and Cubs.

    1929 - Bill Carrigan has had enough of managing the Red Sox. He quits, and Heinie Wagner signs on for a year.

    1940 - Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics from the Shibe family at the price of $42,000.

    1973 - Siding with the A's, American League president Joe Cronin rules the Yankees cannot sign manager Dick Williams. The Yankees had announced a deal with the Oakland skipper two days earlier.

    1978 - Don Blasingame becomes the first American not of Japanese descent to be named as a manager of Japanese team. The former major league second baseman will pilot the Hanshin Tigers.

    1980 - The Brewers obtain future Cy Young winners Rollie Fingers [1981] and Pete Vuckovich [1982] in a deal with the Cardinals sending pitcher Lary Sorensen, outfielder Sixto Lezcano and minor league players Dave Green and Dave LaPointe to St. Louis.

    1980 - Unless contracts are tendered to certain veterans by today's deadline, the Basic Agreement requires they be allowed to become free agents. The Red Sox will miss the deadline permitting All-Stars Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk to be eligible for free agency.

    2000 - After trading their all-star shortstop to the Mets last season, the Orioles get him back agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent Mike Bordick. The move will send Melvin Mora, the player obtained from the Mets to replace Bordick, to the outfield where he is a stronger defensive player.

    2001 - Last season's American League strikeout leader with 220, free agent Hideo Nomo (13-10, 4.50), inks a $13.75 million, two-year deal with the Dodgers. The former Red Sox right-hander was the National League rookie of the year when he broke into the majors with Los Angeles in 1995.

    2001 - The Jean Yawkey Trust announces all the partners have unanimously voted to sell 100 percent of the Red Sox, a family-owned business since 1933, to a group of investors led by Florida Marlins' owner John Henry, who also has a one-percent share of the Yankees and is Boston's managing partner-in-waiting. The price tag, rumored to be $600+ million, doubles the largest amount ever spent to buy a major league team.

    2002 - After rejecting salary arbitration from the Red Sox, Cliff Floyd (.288, 28, 79), agrees to a $26 million, four-year contract deal the Mets. The 30-year old outfielder played with the Marlins, Expos and Red Sox last season.

    2002 - Hoping to fill the void after trading Eric Karros to the Cubs, the Dodgers reach an agreement with 39-year old veteran first baseman Fred McGriff (.273, 30, 103) on a one-year deal. The 'Crime Dog', who has also played for the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays as well as the Cubs, is fourth among active players behind Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro with 478 career homers.

    2004 - Free agent Carl Pavano signs a four-year deal worth $39.95 million to pitch for the Yankees. The oft-injured Southington, CT right-hander, who won 18 games for the World Champion Marlins last season, will appear in only 26 games during his three years with the Bronx Bombers, posting a 9-8 record with a 5.00 ERA.

    2005 - The World Champions White Sox finalize the trade with the Diamondbacks which brings starter Javier Vazquez and $4 million dollars to the Windy City. Veteran right-hander Orlando Hernandez, reliever Luis Vizcaino and minor league outfield prospect Chris Young go to Arizona to complete the deal.

    2007 - Dontrelle Willis and the Tigers agree to a $29 million, three-year contract extension. Detroit obtained the affable southpaw, along with Miguel Cabrera, from the Marlins in a blockbuster trade at the winter meetings for six very talented prospects including left-hander Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin.

    2007 - The Mariners and right-hander Carlos Silva (13-14 , 4.19) finalized a $48 million, four-year contract. The M's expect the 28-year-old free-agent, formerly with the Twins, to 'bring a quality arm to the starting rotation' and to be the workhorse of the pitching staff.

    2007 - Tadahito Iguchi (.267, 9, 43) and the Padres come to terms on a $3.85 million, one-year deal which could amount to more based performances bonuses. The former White Sox and Phillies infielder will replace a slumping Marcus Giles at second base.

    2007 - Ron Mahay (3-0, 2.55) and the Royals finalize a two-year, $8 million deal. The 36-year old southpaw reliever pitched a total of 67 innings for the Rangers and Braves last season.

    2007 - After his option is declined by the Brewers, Geoff Jenkins (.255, 21, 64) joins the Phillies signing a two-year, $13 million contract as a free-agent. Milwaukee chose not to pay the 33-year old outfielder $9 million to keep him with the Brew Crew.

    2007 - Boss, Jonathan Papelbon's bulldog, ate the ball used to record the final out of 2007 World Series, according to the Red Sox closer during an interview with the Hattiesburg American. Teammate Jason Varitek had given the ball to the reliever when Rockies pinch-hitter Seth Smith struck out to complete the Fall Classic sweep of Colorado.

    2008 - The Nationals sign a one-year contract with free-agent hurler Daniel Cabrera. The 27-year old right-handed starter (8-10, 5.25 ERA), who was non-tendered by the Orioles earlier in the month after spending five season in Baltimore, has never lived up to his potential given his live fastball and above-average curveball.

    2009 - Roy Halladay, who was traded by the Blue Jays to the Phillies last week in a complicated four-team deal, takes out a full-page ad in the Toronto Sun to thank everyone for their support during his 12-year tenure with the team. Using the newspaper advertisement he tells the fans he felt “blessed” to have been part of the organization, and that the city will "forever have a special place" in his heart.

    2010 - The Chicago White Sox signed Jesse Crain as a free agent.

    2010 - The Pittsburgh Pirates signed third baseman Josh Fields as a free agent.

    2011 - The Mets announce that they are eliminating their minor league team in the Class A Gulf Coast League, a move that could save the cash-strapped team between $750,000 and $800,000. Although the elimination of a farm team may appear to be a desperate act for the financially troubled franchise, New York was one of only three clubs to have as many as nine minor league teams.

    2014 - The Cleveland Indians signed Scott Downs as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 20...

    1852 - Doscher, Herm
    1853 - Manning, Jack
    1856 - Stovey, Harry
    1866 - Gormley, Joe
    1869 - McCauley, Bill
    1876 - Williams, Jimmy
    1878 - Hall, Bob
    1879 - Moskiman, Doc
    1880 - Wade, Ham
    1881 - Rickey, Branch
    1885 - Baumann, Paddy
    1885 - Wilhoit, Joe
    1886 - Berger, Joe

    1888 - Merkle, Fred
    1892 - Jones, Deacon
    1894 - Henline, Butch

    1897 - Dowd, Snooks
    1899 - Pipgras, George
    1900 - Hartnett, Gabby
    1902 - Yowell, Carl
    1904 - Davis, Spud
    1908 - McLarney, Art
    1910 - Chapman, Calvin
    1912 - Irwin, Tommy
    1915 - Felderman, Marv
    1920 - Gonzalez, Julio
    1923 - Dunlap, Grant
    1930 - Herriage, Troy
    1931 - Becquer, Julio
    1936 - Pfister, Dan
    1940 - Tillotson, Thad
    1943 - Noriega, John
    1944 - Mason, Don
    1945 - Lampard, Keith
    1945 - Colbert, Vince
    1948 - Norris, Jim
    1949 - G@mble, Oscar

    1949 - Cooper, Cecil
    1951 - Hart, Mike
    1953 - Moskau, Paul
    1957 - Laskey, Bill
    1960 - DeLeon, Jose

    1965 - Ramsey, Fernando
    1966 - Mutis, Jeff
    1971 - Valdes, Marc
    1974 - Ojeda, Augie
    1976 - Huff, Aubrey
    1979 - DeJesus, David
    1980 - Carlin, Luke
    1981 - Narveson, Chris
    1981 - Shields, James

    1982 - Wright, David
    1985 - Sturdevant, Tyler
    1986 - Guerrero, Alexander
    1988 - Goeddel, Erik
    1990 - Maxwell, Bruce

    Baseball Deaths on December 20...

    1892 - Fitzgerald, John
    1897 - Brown, Willard
    1917 - Calihan, Will
    1924 - Woulfe, Jimmy
    1934 - Wilson, Parke
    1944 - Zacher, Elmer
    1950 - Yerkes, Carroll
    1960 - Dowd, Kip
    1962 - Luskey, Charlie
    1963 - McNamara, Dinny
    1965 - Lyons, Al
    1966 - Farrell, Doc
    1971 - Fitzsimmons, Tom
    1972 - Hartnett, Gabby
    1980 - Knode, Mike
    1984 - McLarney, Art
    1984 - Slayton, Steve
    1984 - Christensen, Cuckoo
    1984 - Marquez, Gonzalo
    1986 - DeSa, Joe

    1987 - Eisenhart, Jake
    1991 - Finney, Hal
    1991 - Williams, Don
    1993 - Mackiewicz, Felix
    1994 - Wellman, Bob
    1994 - Crawford, Larry
    1998 - Anderson, John
    1999 - Bertell, Dick
    2007 - Byrne, Tommy

    2015 - Burpo, George
    2016 - Gagliano, Phil




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« Reply #4515 on: December 21, 2017, 12:13:45 am »

    On December 21 in Baseball History...

    1918 - The Red Sox trade hurler Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard as well as outfielder Duffy Lewis to the Yankees for relatively unknown players and $15,000. The group includes Frank Gilhooley, Slim Love, Ray Caldwell, and Roxy Walters.

    1932 - The Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach. Southworth, who was a .297 career hitter, will have a .597 percentage in 13 years as a manager. All 1,044 wins will come with the Cardinals and Braves-he never takes the reigns in New York.

    1944 - In an even closer vote than occurred in the AL, where Hal Newhouser won by four points, the NL MVP award goes to fielding wizard Marty Marion. The Cardinals shortstop tallies one more vote than Cubs slugger Bill Nicholson. Led by Marion at shortstop, the Cardinals erred only 112 times and averaged.982. Both marks top the previous records held by the 1940 Reds.

    1959 - After Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh rejects the A's offer to deal Roger Maris for shortstop Dick Groat, Pittsburgh obtains Gino Cimoli along with Tom Cheney from the Cardinals for right-hander Ron Kline. Maris, who is dealt to the Yankees, will enjoy the first of his two consecutive MVP years in New York, but Groat will play a key role for the World Champion Bucs next season, and he also will be named the most valuable player of his league.

    1960 - Cub owner P.K. Wrigley announces the club will not have a manager next season, but will instead use a college of coaches. The 'faculty' for the upcoming campaign will include El Tappe, Charlie Grimm, Goldie Holt, Bobby Adams, Harry Craft, Verlon Walker, Ripper Collins and Vedie Himsl, with each serving as "head coach" for part of the season.

    1978 - Sports cartoonist Willard Mullin, creator of the lovable caricature known as the 'Brooklyn Bum', dies in Corpus Christi at the age of 76. The cartoon featured a low-brow, working class character who would proudly represent the borough of Brooklyn, quickly becoming a favorite of the Dodger fans.

    1995 - After considering an attractive offer from the Orioles, David Cone re-signs with the Yankees as a free agent. The 'hired hand' inks a three-year deal worth $18 million.

    1995 - The Orioles sign Toronto free-agent Roberto Alomar to a three-year $18 million contract. The second baseman will be selected as an all star all three seasons he is with the team, and the 27-year old infielder will also win two Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award during his stay in Baltimore.

    2000 - Hoping to pick it up where his success started, 41-year old outfielder Tim Raines agrees to a minor league contract with the Expos, the team he broke in with in 1979. After retiring in Yankee camp during spring training with a .295 career batting average, he failed to make this year's U.S. Olympic team.

    2002 - After declining their club option, the Diamondbacks decide to retain veteran first baseman Mark Grace (.252, 7, 48). The lifetime .305 hitter agrees to a one-year deal which includes a club option for the 2004 season.

    2005 - With the announcement Oakland will no longer sell tickets for the third deck of McAfee Coliseum, the A’s home becomes the smallest park in the major leagues. The seating capacity, reduced 44,073 to 34,179, is less than Fenway Park, which has been recently increased to accommodate 38,805 denizens of Red Sox Nation.

    2005 - After trying to sign the all-star outfielder twice as a free agent, the Giants finally acquire Steve Finley (.222, 12, 54) in a trade with the Dodgers which sends third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo (.277, 2, 43) to Los Angeles. The veteran infielder appeared in only 109 games last season due to injuries.

    2007 - In an effort to replace LaTroy Hawkins's role in the bullpen, the Rockies sign free-agent Luis Vizcaino (8-2, 4.30) to a $7.5 million, two-year deal. The 33-year old right-hander, who pitched for the Yankees last season, will be used as a middle-inning reliever by the National League champs.

    2007 - Josh Hamilton (.292, 19, 47) is traded by the Reds to the Rangers for pitchers Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera. The 26-year old outfielder, who became a fan favorite due to his overcoming a history of substance abuse, played in 90 games for Cincinnati and was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April.

    2009 - Although he left Turner Sports three weeks ago under a storm of criticism, Chip Caray says he has been hired to be the Braves play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports South and SportsSouth. The 44-year-old broadcaster, son of the late Atlanta broadcaster Skip Caray and grandson of fabled Harry Caray, is replacing ESPN-bound Jon Sciambi, and is expected to call approximately 105 games next season.

    2009 - The Yankees are assessed with a luxury tax of $25.69 million for its spending in 2009. The World Series champion club is the only team to be penalized this year for crossing the salary threshold, as it has in all seven years since the tax was initiated by the collective bargaining agreement in 2002.

    2010 - The Red Sox and Bobby Jenks agree to a two-year, $12 million deal bringing the former White Sox closer to Boston as a set-up man for Jonathan Papelbon. The two-time All-Star reliever, who did not pitch after saving both ends of a doubleheader against his new team in early September, saved 27 games for Chicago, but lost his job at the end of the season when he struggled because of difficulties with his forearm.  Due to continuing injury problems, Jenks will pitch only 15 2/3 innings over the two years of the contract with a ERA of 6.32 and a WHIP of 2.234.  His poor performance along with being paid what turned out to be over $750K per inning pitched make Jenks one of the worst free agent signings in Theo Epstein's career as Boston's GM.

    2012 - The Cleveland Indians signed Scott Kazmir as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 21...

    1858 - Dunn, Steve
    1859 - Traffley, Bill
    1861 - Maskrey, Harry
    1861 - Darling, Dell
    1865 - Zinn, Frank
    1869 - Harrington, Joe
    1878 - Gill, Warren
    1882 - Weeden, Bert
    1884 - White, Steve
    1887 - Williams, Cy
    1888 - Curry, George
    1897 - Haid, Hal

    1898 - Scott, Pete
    1900 - Hamann, Doc
    1905 - Koster, Fred
    1907 - Muller, Freddie
    1911 - B0ngiovanni, Nino
    1913 - Heltzel, Heinie
    1920 - Werle, Bill
    1923 - Difani, Jay
    1925 - Peterson, Kent
    1925 - Rush, Bob

    1927 - Daniels, Jack
    1930 - Kravitz, Danny
    1936 - Lumenti, Ralph
    1936 - Reed, Howie
    1941 - Casanova, Paul
    1942 - Charton, Pete
    1947 - Maddox, Elliott
    1948 - Kingman, Dave
    1949 - Bradford, Larry
    1950 - Wright, Jim
    1952 - Andujar, Joaquin
    1957 - Henke, Tom
    1960 - McDowell, Roger
    1960 - Van Slyke, Andy
    1966 - Swingle, Paul
    1970 - Hope, John
    1972 - Hawkins, LaTroy
    1972 - Hermanson, Dustin

    1976 - Cogan, Tony
    1977 - Carlyle, Buddy
    1977 - Jimenez, D'Angelo

    1977 - Sanchez, Freddy
    1978 - Gonzalez, Dicky
    1980 - Ring, Royce
    1982 - Humber, Phil

    1983 - Mayberry, Jr., John
    1983 - Teagarden, Taylor
    1984 - Gamboa, Eddie
    1985 - Easley, Ed
    1985 - Mangini, Matt
    1985 - Schlitter, Brian
    1987 - Davis, Khris
    1988 - Duffy, Danny
    1988 - Stanley, Cody
    1988 - Wojciechowski, Asher
    1989 - Rollins, David
    1990 - Clevinger, Mike
    1990 - Graveman, Kendall

    Baseball Deaths on December 21...

    1912 - Gilman, Jim
    1936 - Gunkle, Fred
    1942 - Davis, Ira
    1943 - Cudworth, Jim
    1943 - Warner, John
    1946 - Evans, Bill
    1949 - Kearns, Teddy
    1950 - Lytle, Dad
    1957 - Berghammer, Marty

    1963 - Williams, Harry
    1963 - Townsend, Happy
    1964 - Brown, Delos

    1970 - Dean, Chubby
    1976 - Lynch, Walt
    1978 - Mathes, Joe
    1980 - Jacobs, Tony
    1985 - Genewich, Joe
    1987 - Sherman, Joe
    1988 - Kamm, Willie

    1989 - Schwamb, Blackie
    1993 - Kish, Ernie
    1993 - Schulte, Ham
    2005 - Hendricks, Elrod
    2007 - Lamabe, Jack

    2007 - Scheel, Al
    2011 - Bloomfield, Bud
    2012 - Bartley, Boyd




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« Reply #4516 on: December 22, 2017, 12:05:55 am »

    On December 22 in Baseball History...

    1899 - The fledgling American League owners meet to map out a strategy against the established National League. They agree to place a team in Chicago with Charles Comiskey as the owner-manager of the franchise.

    1915 - Organized baseball and the Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati, ending their two-year war. The Feds agree to go out of existence, but the major leagues pay an enormous price: $600,000 for distribution to FL owners, the amalgamation of two Fed franchises, one each into the NL and AL, recognition of Fed players' eligibility, and agreement to bid for them in a Fed-controlled auction.

    1953 - Jack Dunn III, whose family successfully owned and operated the Baltimore Orioles in the International League, officially turns the old team name over to the relocated St. Louis Browns. The new Baltimore Orioles will draw 1,060,910 in their first season the Browns barely drew that number in their last three years in St. Louis combined.

    1959 - The fledgling Continental League awards its last franchise to Dallas / Ft. Worth.

    1962 - Harris County voters approve a bond issue to complete the financing of an all-weather stadium to house the Houston Colt 45s.

    1980 - The Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds. Despite 326 home runs and 456 stolen bases in 13 seasons, he hit just .203 with St. Louis. Bonds will make one more stop, his sixth in the last four years, with the Cubs in 1981.

    1980 - The Red Sox mail Fred Lynn and Carlton Fisk their new contracts two days after the Basic Agreement December 20 deadline technically making their young All-Stars eligible for free agency. Fisk will leave Boston signing a $3.5 million deal with the White Sox, beginning with the 1981 season.

    1982 - Lee Mazzilli is traded for the third time this season. The Yankees, who obtained the Brooklyn native from the Rangers in August for Bucky Dent, deal the first baseman/outfielder to the Pirates for Tim Burke and three minor leaguers.

    1994 - The Giants trade pitcher John Burkett to the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielders Desi Wilson and Rich Aurilia. The latter will spend nine years in his first tenure in San Francisco becoming an important offensive cog in the team's everyday lineup.

    1995 - After a Southwest Bank investment group promises to keep the franchise in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch agrees to sell the Cardinals to the financial establishment. The price tag of approximately $150 million is considered a bargain with Forbes Magazine estimating the club's value to be worth twice that amount.

    1995 - Bill DeWitt, Jr. and two investment partners, Frederick and Stephen Brauer, come to an agreement to purchase the Cardinals from Anheuser-Busch for a reported $150 million. The new owner of the Redbirds, whose dad started in baseball selling soda at Redbirds games in 1916, lent his uniform as the Browns' 9-year-old bat boy to Eddie Gaedel, the shortest player in the history of the game who made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls in a Bill Veeck stunt in 1951.

    2000 - The Mariners sign Bret Boone to a $3.25 million, one-year deal. The former Padre second baseman played in only 127 games season due to a bruised right knee which ended his season in late August.

    2000 - Hoping to fill the void creating by the departure of Ellis Burks, the Giants sign veteran outfielder Eric Davis to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. The Players Choice Awards 'Man of the Year' had considered retirement, but the lure of more playing time change his mind.

    2001 - Highly sought free agent Chan Ho Park (15-11, 3.50) signs a five-year, $65 million deal with the Rangers. The Korean right-hander led the Dodgers last year in wins, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and opponents' batting average.

    2005 - After U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control denies the request to allow Cuba to participate in the World Baseball Classic due possibility of financial gain by the island country, MLB reapplies after Fidel Castro says his country will donate any money earned from its participation to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    2008 - The Yankees avoid salary arbitration when Chien-Ming Wang (8-2, 4.07) agrees to a $5 million, one-year deal to pitch in the Bronx. The 28-year-old right-handed starter missed the rest of the season after injuring his foot while running the bases in an inter-league game against Houston in mid-June.

    2009 - The Yankees reacquired Javier Vazquez by trading outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Braves. The right-hander's last performance in pinstripes was less than stellar, allowing a two home runs, including a grand slam, to Boston's Johnny Damon, which put Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS out of reach and completed New York's historic collapse after the team had won the first three games of championship series.

    2009 - Colorado free-agent Jason Marquis (15-13, 4.04) signs a $15 million, two-year contract to become the anchor of the Nationals' rotation. The 31-year-old right-handed starter, considered a workhorse by his former teams, will be a veteran presence on staff which featured four rookies and a sophomore last season.

    2009 - Garrett Atkins (.226, 9, 48) and the Orioles finalize a $4.5 million, one-year deal after the 30-year old infielder passes a physical. After his woeful performance last season, the Rockies, the only team he had ever played with during his seven years in the big leagues, failed to offer their former starting third baseman a contract for 2010.

    2011 - The Cardinals announce Carlos Beltran (.300, 22, 84) and the team have come to an agreement on a two-year deal, pending the results of a physical. The 34-year-old outfielder, who signed for a reported $26 million, will play right field allowing Lance Berkman to shift to first base to fill the void created by the departure of Albert Pujols to free agency.

    2012 - Ryan Freel, who was a victim of numerous head traumas during his nine-year major league career with the Reds and four other teams due his aggressive style of play, is found dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound. Within a year, a study of the 36 year-old’s brain will reveal he suffered from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a condition believed to be triggered by repeated concussions that has been linked to suicide.

    2014 - Phil Hughes (16-10, 3.52) and the Twins come to terms on a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42-million in guaranteed money from 2017-19. The 28-year-old right-handed control artist, who led the major leagues with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio, lost $500,000 bonus when a rainout ended the game, leaving him one out shy of earning an incentive. 

    2015 - The St. Louis Cardinals signed Mike Leake as a free agent.

    2016 - The Chicago White Sox signed Cody Asche as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 22...

    1850 - Wordsworth, Favel
    1852 - Boyd, Bill
    1860 - Tate, Pop
    1862 - Sullivan, Pat
    1862 - Mack, Connie
    1866 - Burrell, Buster
    1879 - Shannon, Owen
    1885 - Erwin, Tex
    1893 - Winters, Jesse
    1894 - McClellan, Harvey

    1897 - Freeman, Harvey
    1908 - Fallenstein, Ed
    1910 - Klopp, Stan
    1918 - Kennedy, Bill
    1919 - Monchak, Alex

    1922 - Bero, Johnny
    1923 - Hall, Bob
    1937 - James, Charlie
    1938 - Curry, Tony
    1938 - Alou, Matty
    1939 - Ferrara, Al
    1940 - Hendricks, Ellie
    1942 - Jenkins, Jack
    1944 - Carlton, Steve

    1948 - Garvey, Steve
    1950 - Makowski, Tom
    1950 - Sandt, Tommy
    1953 - Underwood, Tom
    1954 - Landreaux, Ken
    1954 - Burnside, Sheldon
    1955 - Smith, Lonnie
    1956 - Schmidt, Dave
    1956 - Cooper, Gary
    1958 - Wright, George
    1958 - Wilson, Glenn
    1959 - Isales, Orlando
    1961 - Allanson, Andy
    1964 - Jackson, Mike

    1968 - Nied, David
    1971 - Ratliff, Jon
    1974 - Enders, Trevor
    1976 - Lane, Jason
    1976 - Obernueller, Wes
    1978 - Jakubauskas, Chris
    1980 - Gorecki, Reid
    1983 - Davis, Blake
    1983 - Smith, Greg
    1985 - Stange, Daniel
    1987 - Britton, Zach
    1987 - Jenkins, Chad
    1989 - Kivlehan, Patrick
    1989 - Navarro, Ray
    1989 - Ramirez, Noe
    1989 - Stallings, Jacob
    1993 - Cecchini, Gaavin

    Baseball Deaths on December 22...

    1887 - Birchall, Jud
    1909 - Sebring, Jimmy
    1912 - Kennedy, Ed
    1914 - Powers, Phil
    1916 - Earl, Howard
    1921 - Seybold, Socks
    1922 - Meek, Dad
    1926 - Weber, Joe
    1933 - Flynn, Joe
    1933 - Alexander, Nin
    1934 - Brashear, Kitty
    1940 - Schwartz, Bill
    1940 - McGaffigan, Patsy
    1945 - Crouch, Bill
    1950 - Vasbinder, Cal
    1950 - Egan, Rip
    1955 - O'Rourke, Queenie
    1960 - Onslow, Jack
    1964 - Fiene, Lou

    1968 - Powers, Ike
    1968 - Bengough, Benny
    1974 - Stout, Allyn
    1980 - Grace, Earl
    1980 - Graves, Joe
    1981 - Gallagher, Ed
    1982 - Mercer, John
    1982 - Faeth, Tony
    1987 - Hogue, Bobby
    1989 - Campbell, Archie
    1996 - Green, Fred
    1997 - Rice, Hal
    1997 - Clifton, Flea
    1997 - Oliva, Jose
    2001 - Davis, Bob
    2004 - Ault, Doug
    2006 - Chapman, Sam
    2012 - Freel, Ryan
    2013 - Herrmann, Ed

    2013 - Tremel, Bill



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« Reply #4517 on: December 23, 2017, 12:06:51 am »

    On December 23 in Baseball History...

    1905 - The A's sell Lave Cross to the Senators. The thirty-eight year old third baseman will appear in 171 games for Washington over the next two seasons before ending his 21-year career in the big leagues.

    1923 - Yankees submarine pitcher Carl Mays, who amassed 53 victories in 1920-21 (and whose pitch killed Cleveland's Ray Chapman in 1920), is sold to the Reds for $85,000. Mays never saw eye-to-eye with diminutive manager Miller Huggins in New York. He'll go 56-36 and close out his career in Cincinnati.

    1953 - Dodgers second baseman Junior Gilliam easily wins NL Rookie of the Year honors over Harvey Haddix and Ray Jablonski.

    1958 - The Dodgers trade George Lee Anderson to the Phillies for outfielder Rip Repulski and two minor league pitching prospects, Jim Goldeni and Gene Snyder. 'Sparky', better known as a major league manager than for being a 'good field, no-hit' infielder, becomes the first skipper to win a World Series in both the American (1984 Tigers) and National League (1975-76 Reds).

    1960 - Ripper Collins joins the Cubs' college of coaches. The original 'faculty' will include El Tappe, Goldie Holt, Bobby Adams, Harry Craft, Verlon Walker, Vedie Himsl and Charlie Grimm.

    1975 -  A landmark decision by Peter Seitz begins a new era in major league baseball as the arbitrator's judgment makes pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally the first true free-agents in baseball history. After each played for their team, the Dodgers and Expos respectively, without signing a contract during their option year, they challenged the owners' assumption that the reserve clause meant one-year contracts were automatically renewed.

    1975 - On the day he delivers his now-historic ruling making Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents, Peter Seitz is dismissd by John Gaherin, the owners' representative in labor matters. The fired arbitrator, hired by baseball to settle player disputes, is asked by management to refrain from discussing or writing about landmark decision.

    1985 - Thousands of fans, including former President Richard Nixon and Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, attend a memorial mass conducted by John Cardinal O'Connor at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral held for Roger Maris. The moving service for the recently deceased ballplayer is arranged by Yankee owner George Steinbrenner.

    1990 - The Chicago White Sox traded Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones to Montreal Expos in exchange for Tim Raines, Jeff Carter and a player to be named later; Chicago White Sox received Mario Brito (February 15, 1991).

    1994 - Major league owners implement a salary cap and revenue sharing on striking players. The new provisions never take effect because a ruling by a judge, which ends the protracted labor dispute, orders that the next two seasons must be played under previously existing labor conditions.

    1997 - The Cubs trade outfielder Doug Glanville to the Phillies for second baseman Mickey Morandini. Chicago's new infielder will spend two years with the team hitting a respectable .272 in 298 games, and Glanville, who will become a clubhouse leader, will play the next six seasons in Philadelphia enjoying his most productive years in the majors as a fine defensive outfielder who can handle a bat and steal bases.

    2000 - The Giants sign 38-year old Eric Davis as a free agent. The veteran outfielder, who played for the Cardinals the past two seasons, will end his 17-year career with San Francisco.

    2004 - Free-agent J.D. Drew (.305, 31, 118), former flycatcher of the Braves, signs a five-year, $55 million deal with the Dodgers. After being traded by the Cardinals to Atlanta last season, the left-hand hitting outfielder, known to be injury prone, played in a career-high 145 games.

    2004 - The Cardinals ink former Angel infielder David Eckstein (.276, 2, 35) to a three-year contract. The 29-year old free agent shortstop will replace Gold Glover Edgar Renteria, who signed with the Red Sox, making the Boston shortstop, Orlando Cabrera, available to Anaheim, the team Eckstein is leaving.

    2004 - After giving Jason Varitek a $40 million, four-year deal, the Red Sox surprise their veteran catcher by naming him the captain of the team. The 32-year old backstop, who joined the club in 1997, learns of the honor when he is presented with home and road jerseys bearing a red "C" during the press conference announcing his contract.

    2005 - The Yankees introduce their new 32-year-old clean shaven outfielder to the media. Johnny Damon, one of the shaggy hair heroes of the 2004 Boston World Championship, signs a $52 million, four-year deal to play center and bat lead-off with his former arch rivals much to the chagrin of the Red Sox nation.

    2006 - The Texas Rangers traded Nick Masset, John Danks and Jacob Rasner to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Brandon McCarthy and David Paisano.

    2007 - The Chicago White Sox signed Brad Eldred as a free agent.

    2007 - The Phillies sign 38-year old outfielder So Taguchi (.290, ) to a one-year deal, $1 million which also includes performance bonuses and a 2009 club option. The 'So Man', a Hyogo Prefecture, Japan native, batted .406 (13-32) as a pinch-hitter for the Cardinals to lead the National League last season.

    2008 - The Yankees reach a preliminary agreement on a $180 million, eight-year contract with Mark Texira (.308, 33, 121). The 28-year old first baseman joins CC Sabathia ($161 seven-years) and A.J. Burnett ($82.5 million, five-years) becoming the third free-agent to be signed to a big contract by the Bronx Bombers this month.

    2008 - The Yankees announce prices for some of the seats at their new stadium for the exhibition games against the Cubs on April 3 and 4 will match the prices for the opener of the original Yankee Stadium against Boston in 1923. Bleacher seats can be purchased for 25 cents and grandstand tickets will go for $1.10.

    2009 - Nick Johnson, finalizing a $5.75 million, one-year deal, returns to the Yankees to become the team's designated hitter, a void created by the departure of Hideki Matsui. Prior to the start of the 2004 season, the Bronx Bombers dealt the 31-year old first baseman to the Expos in exchange for right-handed starter Javier Vazquez, who was recently reacquired by the club in a trade with Atlanta.

    2009 - Verstatile outfielder Coco Crisp (.228, 3,14 ) signs a $5.25 million, one-year contract with the A's. The 30-year-old flychaser, who can play all three spots in the outfield, underwent surgery on both shoulders limiting his playing time to only 49 games with the Royals last season, who declined an $8 million option on the Californian speedy switch-hitter.

    2009 - Darren Oliver inks a $3.5 million, one-year pact that includes a 2011 option making the 39-year-old southpaw a Ranger for the third time in his 16-year major league career. The left-hander reliever retired in 2005, but resurrected his career with the Mets the following year, before becoming a fixture in the Angels bullpen the past three seasons.

    2011 - The Cubs trade lefty reliever Sean Marshall to the Reds for southpaw starter Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes. In February, Chicago's former set-up man will signed a three-year, $18 million extension with his new team that runs through 2015.

    2011 - The Oakland Athletics traded Gio Gonzalez and Robert Gilliam to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Brad Peac0ck, Tom Milone, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole.

    2013 - The Chicago White Sox claimed Eric Surkamp from the San Francisco Giants on waivers.

    2013 - The Toronto Blue Jays claimed Brent Morel from the Chicago White Sox on waivers.

    2013 - The Minnesota Twins signed Kurt Suzuki as a free agent.

    2014 - The Chicago Cubs signed David Ross as a free agent.

    2014 - The San Francisco Giants signed Jake Peavy as a free agent.

    2015 - The Chicago White Sox claimed Jerry Sands from Cleveland Indians on waivers.

    2015 - The New York Mets signed Alejandro de Aza as a free agent.

    2015 - The Milwaukee Brewers claimed Andy Wilkins from Texas Rangers on waivers.

    2016 - The Detroit Tigers signed Alex Avila as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 23...

    1867 - Leiper, Jack
    1867 - Fee, Jack
    1869 - Grady, Mike
    1871 - Leever, Sam
    1873 - Roach, Mike
    1878 - Adams, Rick
    1879 - Owen, Frank

    1880 - Gessler, Doc
    1882 - Whiteman, George
    1882 - Frock, Sam
    1882 - Schweitzer, Al
    1884 - Hildebrand, Palmer
    1887 - Fabrique, Bunny
    1888 - Cantwell, Tom
    1889 - Dolan, Cozy
    1889 - Maisel, Fritz
    1897 - Gaines, Nemo
    1898 - Haines, Hinkey
    1899 - Macphee, Waddy
    1899 - Thomas, Tommy

    1900 - Taylor, Danny
    1901 - Eckhardt, Ox
    1902 - Rosenfeld, Max
    1904 - Williamson, Howie
    1908 - Carter, Sol
    1912 - Ankenman, Pat
    1924 - Marquis, Bob
    1925 - Blake, Ed
    1927 - Roig, Tony
    1929 - Cicotte, Al
    1934 - White, Elder
    1937 - Harkness, Tim
    1941 - Hubbs, Ken
    1942 - Koosman, Jerry

    1943 - Allen, Ron
    1943 - May, Dave
    1944 - Larose, Vic
    1948 - Distaso, Alec
    1952 - Alcala, Santo
    1953 - Manuel, Jerry

    1955 - Comstock, Keith
    1956 - Bradley, Bert
    1958 - Leary, Tim
    1959 - Eufemia, Frank
    1968 - White, Rick

    1974 - Matos, Pascual
    1976 - Lidge, Brad
    1977 - Chacon, Shawn
    1978 - Martinez, Victor
    1980 - Ross, Cody
    1983 - Ramirez, Hanley
    1984 - Satin, Josh
    1987 - Robertson, Tyler
    1987 - Valdespin, Jordany
    1988 - Perez, Audry
    1988 - Perez, Roberto
    1990 - Haniger, Mitch

    Baseball Deaths on December 23...

    1909 - Gilbert, Harry
    1916 - Beck, Erve
    1935 - Corcoran, Jack
    1941 - Witherup, Roy
    1955 - McManus, Joe
    1969 - Menze, Ted
    1972 - Jordan, Dutch
    1975 - McGlothlin, Jim

    1975 - Blaemire, Rae
    1981 - Scharein, George
    2000 - Rodriguez, Aurelio

    2002 - Bullard, George
    2003 - Bowles, Charlie
    2006 - Carter, Sol
    2016 - Lehew, Jim




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« Reply #4518 on: December 24, 2017, 12:05:35 am »

    On December 24 in Baseball History...

    1929 - Francis McQuade is sued by the New York Giants. The club’s treasurer is accused of trying to “wreck and destroy” the team.

    1940 - The Indians trade Ben Chapman to Washington for Joe Krakauskas, a southpaw who will post a 3-7 record during his three years with Cleveland. Chapman will be released by the Senators in May and will finish the season with the White Sox.

    1949 - Suffering from alcoholism and epilepsy, Hall of Fame hurler Grover Cleveland Alexander is found unconscious in an alley in Hollywood.

    1959 - The Braves sign 20-year old outfielder Rico Carty, During his eight years with the team, the Dominican outfielder will hit .317 before being traded to Texas prior to the 1973 season.

    1967 - Jim Lonborg, the AL Cy Young winner and the pitching sensation of the 1967 pennant-winning Red Sox, falls while skiing and damages his left knee. Lonborg will pitch 12 more seasons in the major leagues, but will not reach double digits in wins until 1971 and will never come close to the 246 strikeouts he had in 1967.

    1969 - In a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, traded Cardinal outfielder Curt Flood states his refusal to report to the Phillies citing he is not a piece of property to be sold. The MLB Players' Association announces support for Flood's suit against baseball and will pay legal fees.

    1974 - Cardinals speedster Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year by The Sporting News. He finishes ahead of such sports luminaries as tennis great Jimmy Connors, golf's Johnny Miller, and Dodgers ironman reliever Mike Marshall.

    2002 - In a deal which prompts a Red Sox official to call the Yankees an evil empire, Cuban defector Jose Contreras reaches an agreement with New York. The 31 year-old right-hander, who was considered the top pitcher on Cuba's national team, was declared a free-agent after gaining residency in Nicaragua.

    2004 - Red Sox catcher and team leader Jason Varitek (.296, 18, 73) agrees to a four-year deal to stay in Boston. Joining Mike Menosky, Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice, the 32-year switch-hitting backstop is also named captain of the team.

    2005 - After agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract, Mike Stanton will become the first player in Nationals’ history to have played with the team twice in its short tenure. After coming in from the Washington bullpen for the last three months of 2005 season, the 38-year old southpaw reliever was traded to the Red Sox for right-handed prospects Ryhs Taylor and Yader Peralta.

    2009 - Former Detroit closer Fernando Rodney signs an $11 million, two-year contract with the Angels. The 32-year-old right-handed reliever, who saved 37 games with only one blown opportunity last season, is expected to compete with the team's current closer Brian Fuentes, the major league leader in saves in 2009, for the coveted spot in the bullpen.

    2009 - Matt Capps and the Nationals reach a preliminary agreement on a $3.5 million, one-year contract, with an additional $425,000 included in performance bonuses for games finished by the closer. In July, Washington will trade its 26-year right-handed All-Star reliever to the Twins for highly touted backstop prospect Wilson Ramos along with minor league southpaw Joe Testa.

    2010 - Ricky Nolasco, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, has agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year deal to stay with the Marlins. The Florida right-hander, who has compiled a 54-39 record along with a 4.45 ERA during his five seasons with the Fish, will remain the team's #2 starter behind Josh Johnson.

    2013 - The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Juan Uribe as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 24...

    1860 - Crotty, Joe
    1869 - Wilson, Zeke
    1877 - Howard, Del
    1880 - Brackenridge, John
    1884 - Groth, Ernie
    1884 - Zackert, George
    1886 - Mathewson, Henry
    1889 - McCreery, Ed
    1889 - Otis, Bill
    1890 - Sloan, Tod
    1910 - Johnson, Lloyd
    1912 - Coble, Dave
    1913 - Scheetz, Owen
    1913 - Jeffcoat, George
    1915 - Trechock, Frank
    1916 - Graham, Jack
    1924 - Garcia, Chico
    1931 - Hernandez, Evelio
    1937 - Foster, Larry
    1938 - Henrich, Bobby
    1943 - Stanek, Al
    1949 - Taveras, Frank
    1951 - D'Acquisto, John
    1957 - Cruz, Victor
    1960 - Costello, John
    1964 - Diaz, Carlos
    1964 - Drummond, Tim
    1966 - Sanford, Mo
    1968 - Ojala, Kirt
    1971 - Cabrera, Alex
    1974 - Luuloa, Keith
    1974 - Millwood, Kevin
    1974 - Wright, Jamey
    1977 - Ginter, Matt
    1979 - Valentine, Joe

    1985 - Romine, Andrew
    1994 - Castro, Miguel

    Baseball Deaths on December 24...

    1894 - Duffee, Charlie
    1913 - Sockalexis, Louis
    1915 - Doyle, John
    1927 - Myers, Al
    1936 - Deagle, Ren
    1938 - Lutenberg, Luke
    1938 - Yohe, Bill
    1945 - Miller, Hughie
    1947 - Cobb, Joe
    1953 - Thomas, Pinch
    1955 - Boultes, Jake
    1956 - Howard, Del
    1957 - Reilly, Hal
    1958 - Boyle, Jim
    1959 - Friel, Bill
    1963 - Roberts, Skipper
    1968 - Heving, Johnnie
    1975 - Lyon, Russ
    1978 - Rodgers, Bill
    1978 - McQuinn, George
    1980 - Habenicht, Bob
    1981 - Kracher, Joe
    1987 - Espinosa, Nino
    2001 - Soar, Hank
    2004 - Oates, Johnny
    2005 - Rescigno, Xavier
    2009 - Benjamin, Stan
    2016 - Barfield, John


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« Reply #4519 on: December 25, 2017, 12:32:52 am »

    On December 25 in Baseball History...

    1862 - A crowd of 40,000 watches two teams of imprisoned Union Army soldiers play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina. Civil War historians are debating the actual size of the crowd.

    1888 - At the Philadelphia State Fairground Building, the Downtowners beat the Uptowners in the first indoor baseball game ever played, 6-1.

    1927 - Nellie Fox, who led the AL in hits four times, won three Gold Gloves, played in 12 All-Star Games, and was AL MVP for the 1959 White Sox, is born in St. Thomas, Pa. It will not be until 1997, 23 years after his death, that he will finally be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    1940 - South Side Park, the first home of the Chicago White Sox, burns down.

    1958 - Rickey Henderson, baseball's all-time stolen base champion and arguably the best leadoff hitter in history, is born in Chicago.

    1989 - Billy Martin, former infielder and five-time manager of the Yankees, dies in a one-car accident at the age of 61.

    2001 - Signing a one-year, $4.7 million contract to play for the Yomiuri Giants, Hideki Matsui became the highest-paid player in Japanese baseball history. The outfielder's salary surpasses the $4 million mark the Orix Blue Wave gave Ichiro Suzuki for 2000 season.

    2012 - The Chicago Cubs signed Zach Putnam as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 25...

    1842 - Jewett, Nat
    1856 - Galvin, Pud
    1864 - Dailey, Vince
    1864 - Quinn, Joe
    1865 - Mappes, George
    1866 - Haddock, George
    1869 - Jones, Alex
    1871 - Hickey, Mike
    1872 - Lewis, Ted
    1874 - McCormick, Barry
    1876 - Jones, Jim
    1879 - Braggins, Dick
    1881 - Doyle, Jim
    1881 - McCarthy, Joe
    1884 - Henderson, Ed
    1886 - Rath, Morrie
    1887 - Wagner, Bull
    1892 - Kolseth, Karl
    1892 - Holke, Walter
    1893 - Becker, Marty
    1895 - Ellerbe, Frank
    1896 - Hunter, Herb
    1897 - Elliott, Allen
    1898 - Robertson, Gene
    1899 - Gulley, Tom
    1899 - Kunz, Earl
    1901 - Chatham, Buster
    1904 - Akers, Bill
    1904 - Barnes, Red
    1904 - Brown, Lloyd
    1908 - Moore, Jo-Jo
    1908 - Cohen, Alta
    1908 - Chapman, Ben
    1912 - Trouppe, Quincy
    1912 - George, Greek
    1922 - Watlington, Neal
    1925 - Garver, Ned
    1926 - Manville, Dick
    1927 - Fox, Nellie

    1928 - Blyzka, Mike
    1928 - Baldwin, Frank
    1934 - Beamon, Charlie
    1935 - Jackson, Al
    1938 - Hamilton, Jack

    1939 - Krug, Chris
    1943 - Musgraves, Dennis
    1946 - Lamont, Gene

    1950 - Trillo, Manny
    1951 - Quintana, Luis
    1952 - Gonzalez, Julio
    1953 - Anderson, Rick
    1954 - Little, Jeff
    1956 - Lea, Charlie
    1956 - Johnson, Wallace

    1958 - Davis, Gerry
    1958 - Henderson, Rickey
    1960 - Gainey, Ty
    1960 - O'Malley, Tom
    1961 - Renteria, Rich

    1962 - Walton, Bruce
    1962 - Pevey, Marty
    1968 - Bullett, Scott
    1970 - Montgomery, Steve
    1972 - Hiljus, Erik
    1973 - Brock, Tarrik
    1975 - Okajima, Hideki
    1981 - Taveras, Willy
    1982 - Gotay, Ruben
    1986 - Joaquin, Waldis
    1990 - Cooper, Garrett

    Baseball Deaths on December 25...

    1894 - Cahill, Tom
    1910 - Deasley, John
    1916 - Moriarty, Bill
    1918 - Blakiston, Bob
    1922 - Fisler, Wes
    1924 - Gessler, Doc
    1925 - Kirsch, Harry
    1941 - Bell, George
    1942 - Alperman, Whitey
    1952 - Coughlin, Ed
    1953 - Donovan, Patsy
    1961 - Savage, Don
    1961 - Foutz, Frank
    1970 - Juelich, Red
    1976 - Skiff, Bill
    1983 - Young, Babe
    1989 - Martin, Billy
    1992 - Donnelly, Ed
    1994 - Robello, Tony
    2001 - Garcia, Ramon
    2007 - Beauchamp, Jim
    2009 - Burich, Bill
    2010 - Olson, Karl
    2013 - Hegan, Mike
    2016 - Rutherford, Johnny

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« Reply #4520 on: December 26, 2017, 12:17:29 am »

    On December 26 in Baseball History...

    1906 - In an effort to prevent hitters from rubbing out chalk lines, National League umpire Hank O'Day suggests white rubber strips be used to mark out the batter's box.

    1919 - Although not official until January, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from the Red Sox for $100,000 and guarantees a $300,000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral.

    1934 - Commissioner Judge Landis denies the Dodgers' claim to the services of teenager hurler Johnny Vander Meer. The southpaw had signed a free agent with Brooklyn last season and was assigned to the Daytona Ducks who traded him to Boston.

    1934 - Matsutaro Shoriki, head of Yomiuri Newspapers, announces the official formation of Japan's first professional team, the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants. The team is made up of players signed to compete against the American all-star team. Professional league play, with six teams, does not begin until 1936.

    1950 - With a large portion going to the players' pension fund, out-going Commissioner Happy Chandler announces the Gillette Razor Company has purchased the television rights to the All Star game for six years for six million dollars.

    1964 - The Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League select Bob Lemon as manager for the upcoming season.

    1990 - Due to a financial dispute between the club owners, the Fort Myers Sun Sox franchise collapses causing the Senior Professional Association League to fold in the middle of its second season.

    1995 - The Associated Press selected Cal Ripken, Jr. as the top sports story of the year, followed by the death of Mickey Mantle.

    2001 - The Angels sign free agent Aaron Sele (15-5, 3.60) to a three-year contract. The 31-year old right-hander, who has pitched for the Red Sox, Rangers and Mariners has 107-68 career record.

    2007 - Coming to an agreement with Mark Prior, the Padres add another pitcher to the staff who will start next season coming off shoulder surgery. Joining southpaw Randy Wolf, the 27-year old right-hander, formerly with the Cubs, signs a $1 million, one-year deal which can be worth more with performance bonuses.

    2008 - Randy Johnson (11-10, 3.91), a five-time Cy Young award recipient, signs a one-year, $8 million deal with the Giants. The 45-year-old southpaw, five victories shy of 300, joins a staff which includes Tim Lincecum (2008) and Barry Zito (2002), who have also won the prestigious pitching prize.

    2012 - The Texas Rangers signed A.J. Pierzynski as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 26...

    1861 - Tebeau, George
    1863 - Burns, Dick
    1866 - Murphy, Bob
    1876 - High, Ed
    1879 - Freeman, Jerry
    1883 - O'Rourke, Queenie
    1887 - Clark, Jim
    1889 - Henry, John
    1889 - Cavet, Pug
    1889 - Rush, Andy
    1892 - King, Lee
    1895 - Hollingsworth, Bonnie
    1895 - Pillette, Herman
    1899 - Gardiner, Art
    1900 - Drake, Logan
    1901 - Farrell, Doc
    1902 - Cronin, Bill
    1907 - Taylor, Harry
    1913 - Milnar, Al
    1919 - Markland, Gene
    1927 - Schell, Danny
    1927 - Miller, Stu
    1936 - Causey, Wayne

    1939 - Braun, John
    1940 - Sadecki, Ray
    1947 - Fisk, Carlton

    1948 - Chambliss, Chris
    1948 - Rader, Dave
    1950 - Mendoza, Mario
    1950 - Willis, Mike
    1954 - Smith, Ozzie
    1960 - Stone, Jeff
    1961 - Traber, Jim
    1961 - Davis, Storm
    1964 - King, Jeff
    1967 - Beltre, Esteban

    1971 - Valdez, Carlos
    1971 - Tessmer, Jay
    1974 - Fitzgerald, Brian
    1974 - Lee, Corey
    1975 - Tateyama, Yoshinori
    1978 - German, Esteban
    1978 - Thomas, Charles
    1979 - Boscan, Jean
    1981 - Colina, Alvin
    1981 - Infante, Omar
    1981 - Moseley, Dustin
    1983 - Pino, Yohan
    1984 - Downs, Darin
    1984 - Sinkbeil, Brett
    1985 - Carpenter, Chris
    1987 - Minor, Mike
    1989 - Nolin, Sean

    Baseball Deaths on December 26...

    1908 - Pyle, Shadow
    1908 - Householder, Charlie
    1913 - O'Connor, Frank
    1915 - Ball, Art
    1929 - Stecher, Charlie
    1934 - Kopshaw, George
    1934 - Mallonee, Jule
    1936 - Clymer, Bill
    1939 - Engle, Clyde
    1945 - Lange, Frank
    1947 - Stremmel, Phil
    1947 - Roach, Roxey
    1948 - Pate, Joe
    1957 - Fleming, Tom
    1970 - Stansbury, Jack
    1971 - Daringer, Cliff
    1977 - Mahon, Al
    1980 - Crouch, Bill
    1980 - Oulliber, Johnny
    1983 - Billings, Josh
    1983 - Graves, Sid
    1984 - Gill, Johnny
    1985 - Bilbrey, Jim
    1985 - Bell, Les
    1989 - Joiner, Roy
    1992 - Gorman, Tom
    1994 - Reynolds, Allie
    1995 - Veselic, Bob
    1998 - Adkins, Dewey
    2001 - McBride, Tom
    2002 - Reiber, Frank
    2003 - Owens, Paul
    2006 - Brown, Chris
    2007 - Castiglia, Jim
    2013 - Blair, Paul
    2014 - Macko, Joe
    2015 - Dews, Bobby
    2015 - O'Toole, Jim

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« Reply #4521 on: December 27, 2017, 12:19:47 am »

    On December 27 in Baseball History...

    1874 - At Palmar de Junco, a Havanan team plays Matanzas in the first documented baseball game played in Cuba. The game is called after seven innings due to darkness with Havana leading, 51-9.

    1919 - One day after secretly working out a deal with the Yankees to sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces that Boston will deal any player except Harry Hooper. Hooper will be sent to the White Sox after the 1920 season.

    1941 - Braves' mascot Chief Nokahoma is born.

    1943 - Former Yankee infielder Roy White is born. The Los Angeles native will play 15 years for the Bronx Bombers and compile a lifetime .271 batting average.

    1967 - Johnny Murphy becomes the Mets' third general manager in franchise history when he replaces Bing Devine. During his tenure, the team begins to benefit from their talented farm system, especially its young pitching prospects which include Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan, and Gary Gentry, all who will play a major role in the club's World Championship in 1969.

    1981 - Fernando Valenzuela becomes the fifth Los Angeles Dodger to become Southern California Athlete of the Year honors. It winds up an autumn of awards for Valenzuela, who won both the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards -- the first NL pitcher to do so -- and also earned a World Series ring with the Dodgers.

    1984 - Free agent pitcher Ed Whitson, who went 14-8 for the NL champion Padres, begins a nightmarish association with the Yankees by signing a five-year $4.4 million contract. By the middle of his second year with the club, he gets so rattled in New York that he can only pitch on the road. The Yankees ship him back to San Diego, where he has four solid years.

    1994 - The Chiba Lotte Marines announced that Julio Franco, Pete Incaviglia and Eric Hillman had been signed to contracts. They would play for fellow American Bobby Valentine, the 1st American manager in professional Japanese baseball.

    2001 - After 21 years being heard on WABC, the Yankees will broadcast its spring training, regular-season and postseason games on all-news station WCBS-AM which is owned by Infinity Broadcasting. The five-year deal with the Yankees' YES Network, created earlier this year, is worth approximately about $50 million.

    2001 - The Mets continue to stay busy this off season acquiring first baseman Mo Vaughn for 13-year veteran right hander Kevin Appier (11-10, 3.57) and cash. The 1995 American League MVP will join Roberto Alomar, Roger Cedeno, and Shawn Estes as the newest members of the Shea Squad.

    2004 - After the Cubs decline Moises Alou's (.293, 39, 106) contract option, the Giants sign the free agent outfielder to a one-year contract with an option for a second year. It will be the second time the All-star will be managed by his dad Felipe as he did playing with the Expos from 1992-96.

    2005 - The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Troy Glaus and Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Miguel Batista and Orlando Hudson.

    2007 - Hoping he will continue to be a hot hitter at Kauffman Stadium (.415), the Royals sign free-agent Miguel Olivo (.237, 16, 60 ) to a one-year contract with a mutual option for the following season. The 29-year-old backstop was the Marlins' starting catcher for the past two seasons, but was not tendered a contract after Florida acquired catching prospect Mike Rabelo in the blockbuster trade with the Tigers during the Winter Meetings.

    2008 - Adding speed at the top of their order and a superior glove in centerfield, the Reds sign Willy Taveras (.251, 1, 26) to a two-year contract. The 27-year old speedster, who led the major leagues with 68 stolen bases last season, became a free agent earlier in the month when the Rockies declined to offer him a contract after the oft-injured outfielder spent two seasons with the team.

    2013 - The Rangers come to terms on a seven-year, $130 million deal with free-agent Shin-Soo Choo, who will join the recently acquired power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder to provide more offense for the club. The 31 year-old outfielder, who compiled a .423 on-base percentage, hit .285 with 21 home runs and drove in 54 runs for the Reds last season.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 27...

    1861 - Curtis, Ervin
    1867 - Hemp, Ducky
    1869 - Bishop, Bill
    1870 - Farmer, Bill
    1873 - Thomas, Tom
    1876 - Woodruff, Sam
    1876 - Carr, Charlie
    1888 - Textor, George
    1890 - Krueger, Ernie
    1897 - Tavener, Jackie
    1904 - Shea, John
    1912 - Tobin, Jim
    1913 - Lynn, Red
    1916 - Brewster, Charlie
    1917 - Karpel, Herb
    1920 - McCall, Dutch
    1922 - Johnson, Connie

    1930 - Larker, Norm
    1937 - Klaus, Bobby
    1941 - Gagliano, Phil
    1942 - Browne, Byron
    1943 - White, Roy
    1949 - Escarrega, Chico

    1952 - Budaska, Mark
    1952 - Reynolds, Craig
    1955 - Weiss, Gary
    1963 - Leyritz, Jim
    1965 - Marsh, Tom
    1968 - Palmer, Dean
    1972 - Busby, Mike
    1973 - Gonzalez, Raul
    1975 - D'Amico, Jeff
    1980 - Repko, Jason
    1981 - Aardsma, David

    1982 - Bourn, Michael
    1982 - Gimenez, Chris
    1983 - Hamels, Cole
    1988 - Porcello, Rick
    1988 - Reed, Addison

    1990 - Duffey, Tyler
    1990 - Floro, Dylan
    1991 - Sherfy, Jimmie
    1991 - Turner, Stuart
    1992 - Montgomery, Jordan

    Baseball Deaths on December 27...

    1907 - Andrews, Jim
    1919 - Hurley, Jerry
    1920 - Cushman, Harvey
    1932 - Piercy, Andy
    1932 - Schriver, Pop
    1933 - Buelow, Fritz
    1945 - Swaim, Cy
    1945 - Cocreham, Gene
    1948 - Peasley, Marv
    1951 - Lindemann, Ernie
    1955 - Fairbank, Jim
    1956 - Hiller, Hob
    1962 - Flowers, Jake
    1964 - Phelan, Art
    1965 - Smith, Bob

    1967 - Lehner, Paul
    1975 - Lowdermilk, Lou
    1976 - Cruthers, Press
    1982 - Kingman, Harry
    1986 - Wallaesa, Jack
    1995 - Barlick, Al
    1995 - Judd, Oscar
    1996 - Brabender, Gene
    2000 - Partee, Roy
    2001 - Hoffman, John
    2003 - Calderon, Ivan
    2004 - Groth, Ernest

    2015 - Henderson, Dave "Hendu"




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« Reply #4522 on: December 28, 2017, 12:30:25 am »

    On December 28 in Baseball History...

    1926 - Bob O'Farrell is named to replace Rogers Hornsby as the Cardinal manager. The 'Rajah', who guided to Redbirds to a World Championship as the team's player-manager last season, was traded to the Giants eight days ago for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring.

    1944 - Buddy Lewis wins the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the Burma War Theater. During World War II, the Senator third baseman flew more than 500 missions for the U.S. Army Air Force as a transport pilot.

    1957 - After Representatives Kenneth B. Keating, a member of the House's Anti-trust Subcommitee, indicates Congress should reopen its sports hearing, CBS announces it will not broadcast major league games into any area at the time a minor league game is scheduled. The television network has entered an agreement with six teams - Indians, Orioles, Phillies, Reds, White Sox, and Yankees - to telecast major league games nationally on Sundays next season.

    1957 - In a trade of first basemen, the Reds swap Ted Kluszewski to the Pirates for Dee Fondy.

    1983 - Free agent outfielder Warren Cromartie signs a reported three-year, $2.5 million contract with Japan's Yomiuri Giants. The 30-year-old Cromartie, who hit .278 as a mainstay in the Montreal outfield in 1983, is the best American player to jump to Japan while still in his prime. He will play in Japan for seven seasons before returning for one more season in North America with the Royals in 1991.

    1993 - The Chicago White Sox signed Darrin Jackson as a free agent.  It was a one year contract for $750,000. 

    1993 - The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Isidro Marquez to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Ron Coomer.

    1994 - In the century's fourth-largest trade, the biggest since 1957, the Astros and Padres exchange a dozen players. Houston sends Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams, and a player to be named later (Sean Fesh) for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier and Craig Shipley.

    1995 - The Chicago White Sox traded Tim Raines to New York Yankees in exchange for a player to be named later; Chicago White Sox received Blaise Kozeniewski (February 6, 1996).

    1998 - The Tigers acquire two players as the team signs free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a two-year contract and trades outfield prospect Luis Gonzalez to the Diamondbacks for Karim Garcia.

    2001 - Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces the Yankees and Mets have reached a tentative agreement with the city to build a pair of $800 million, retractable-roof stadiums. Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, who is concerned if the Big Apple can afford what is believed to be the largest private-public venture in baseball history, will have final word on the $1.6 billion cost of the proposed new ballparks agreements.

    2005 - The White Sox and starter Jon Garland (18-10, 3.50) sign a three-year, $29 million contract. The deal to stay with the 2005 World Series champions, which takes him off the profitable free agent market next year, avoids salary arbitration and keeps the 26 year-old right-hander in the city he loves.

    2005 - The Diamondbacks send Troy Glaus and highly touted infield prospect Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays in exchange for Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and starter Miguel Batista. Toronto’s active off-season in which the team has also signed starter A.J. Burnett, closer B.J. Ryan and first baseman Lyle Overbay convinced the third baseman to waive his limited no-trade clause.

    2008 - The Boston Red Sox sign free agent pitchers Josh Bard and Brad Penny.  Bard would be released during spring training in March 2009 and would then sign with the Washington Nationals.  Penny would go onto to start 24 games for the Red Sox in 2009, going 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA before being released on August 27, 2009.

    2011 - The Oakland Athletics traded Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Josh Reddick, Raul Alcantara and Miles Head.

    2011 - The New York Yankees signed free agent pitcher Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract.  The deal was voided after Okajima failed his physical.

    2015 - The Cincinnati Reds traded Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees in exchange for Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis, Tony Renda and Eric Jagielo.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 28...

    1847 - Sensenderfer, Count
    1860 - Broughton, Cal
    1864 - Kalbfus, Charlie
    1875 - Karns, Bill
    1885 - Parson, Jiggs
    1887 - Miller, Hughie
    1887 - Henning, Pete
    1891 - Carroll, Doc
    1898 - Kelly, Bill
    1900 - Lyons, Ted

    1901 - Holm, Wattie
    1906 - Bridges, Tommy
    1912 - Denning, Otto
    1915 - Sweeney, Hank
    1920 - Aulds, Leslie
    1921 - Burbrink, Nelson
    1923 - Thompson, Don
    1924 - Daniels, Tony
    1924 - Kuczek, Steve
    1944 - Lamb, Ray
    1946 - Lee, Bill
    1947 - Rodriguez, Aurelio

    1949 - Milner, John
    1950 - Lawson, Steve
    1952 - Knight, Ray
    1952 - Sosa, Jose
    1960 - Willis, Carl

    1960 - Smith, Zane
    1963 - Stottlemyre, Mel
    1971 - Agbayani, Benny
    1971 - Nieves, Melvin
    1972 - Diaz, Einar
    1974 - Looper, Braden
    1975 - Ryan, B.J.
    1979 - Hall, Bill
    1984 - Browning, Barret
    1987 - O'Malley, Shawn
    1989 - Barnes, Austin
    1991 - Jaye, Miles
    1992 - Estevez, Carlos
    1995 - Cease, Dylan

    Baseball Deaths on December 28...

    1901 - Flynn, George
    1926 - Blauvelt, Henry
    1941 - Hickey, Jack
    1943 - Evans, Steve
    1952 - Jones, Deacon
    1963 - Keating, Ray
    1967 - Pertica, Bill
    1970 - Ozmer, Doc
    1974 - Salveson, Jack

    1979 - Tramback, Red
    1979 - Mosolf, Jim
    1979 - Butcher, Hank
    1981 - Bischoff, John

    1992 - Maglie, Sal
    1993 - Galan, Augie
    2011 - Mueller, Don


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« Reply #4523 on: December 29, 2017, 12:03:20 am »

    On December 29 in Baseball History...

    1877 - In Havana, the the first game is played in the Professional Baseball League of Cuba. Habana, led by player-manager Esteban Bellán, the first Latin player to appear in the major leagues, beats Almendares, 21-20.

    1932 - Shanty Hogan, who started his career in Boston, is purchased by the Braves after five years as the regular catcher for the Giants. Hogan will finish his career as a part-time player, but will also have a .295 career batting average.

    1933 - Yankees owner Jake Ruppert refuses to release Babe Ruth so he can become manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

    1969 - The New York Times reports Curt Flood will challenge the reserve clause by suing major league baseball. The Cardinals' outfielder's case, which will ultimately be appealed unsuccessfully in the U.S. Supreme Court, will pave the way for the players to overturn baseball's reserve clause in their attempt to gain free agency.

    1977 - Melissa Ludtke, female Sports Illustrated sports writer, files suit against major league baseball, the Yankees and New York City officials for denying her access to the locker room to interview players during the World Series.

    2002 - Sending a huge dust cloud down the Ohio River, Cinergy Field, formerly known as Riverfront Stadium, is imploded with 1,275 pounds of explosives. The former home of the Reds was the site where Hank Aaron tied Ruth's career home run record on Opening Day in 1974, and Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in 1985.

    2003 - The Angels announced their ballpark will now be known as Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In 1997, their 41-year old home originally known Anaheim Stadium was renamed Edison International Field.

    2005 - Agreeing to a $60 million, five-year contract, Indians free agent Kevin Millwood (9-11, 2.86) joins the Rangers' new and improved rotation as the ace the team has been seeking. The 31-year old right-hander, who had the lowest ERA in the American League last season, will anchor a staff which also includes newcomers Vicente Padilla (9-12, 4.71) and Adam Eaton (11-5, 4.27) acquired from the Phillies and Padres respectively.

    2005 - In an attempt to permit Cuba to participate in the 16-team World Baseball Classic, Venezuela offers to host the Group C teams in place of the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico and suggests the finals be played in Canada rather than in San Diego’s PETCO Park. The changes in venue would mean Castro’s charges would avoid playing on U.S. soil, and not be subject to the U.S. Treasury Department regulations which ban the team due to American trade and financial embargoes.

    2009 - Mark DeRosa, a veteran .275 hitter, signs a $12 million, two-year deal with the Giants. The 34-year old versatile infielder, who was traded by Cleveland to the Cardinals at the end of June, will most likely play first or third base and hit fifth behind cleanup batter Pablo Sandoval.

    2009 - The Mets and Jason Bay, a former farmhand, agree to a four-year deal worth approximately $66 million that includes a vesting option for a fifth year for an additional $14 million. The 31-year-old outfielder joined the organization as a minor leaguer in 2002 when Omar Minaya, then the general manager of the Expos, traded the Class A pull hitter to New York, who shipped him four months later to San Diego as part of an undistinguished deal.

    2012 - Ruth Ann Steinhagen, the Chicago woman whose near-fatal 1949 shooting as a 19-year-old of former Cubs first baseman Eddie Waitkus, dies anonymously at the age of 83. Her crime, the inspiration for the book and movie The Natural, put a spotlight on 'baseball Annies', young, hero-worshipping females who relentlessly pursued major league ballplayers.

    2014 - The Kansas City Royals signed Edinson Volquez as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 29...

    1884 - Fiene, Lou

    1885 - Salve, Gus
    1889 - McAllester, Bill
    1890 - Aiton, George
    1892 - Skeels, Dave
    1893 - Smith, Joe
    1894 - DeBerry, Hank
    1895 - Barnhart, Clyde
    1904 - Sweeney, Bill
    1911 - Knickerbocker, Bill

    1926 - Upton, Tom
    1934 - Conde, Ramon

    1937 - Perez, George
    1941 - Upham, John
    1941 - Brubaker, Bruce
    1946 - Rudolph, Ken
    1952 - Werth, Dennis
    1956 - Ford, Dave
    1959 - Brown, Mike
    1960 - Wilson, Jim
    1962 - White, Devon
    1964 - Nichols, Rod
    1964 - Grebeck, Craig

    1966 - de los Santos, Luis
    1969 - Ruffcorn, Scott

    1972 - Brower, Jim
    1973 - Perez, Tomas
    1974 - Sexson, Richie
    1974 - Brown, Emil
    1975 - Jacquez, Tom
    1975 - Wright, Jaret
    1977 - Journell, Jimmy
    1977 - Wilson, Jack
    1980 - Wolfe, Brian
    1982 - Davis, Brad
    1982 - Hart, Kevin
    1991 - Herrera, Odubel
    1993 - De Jong, Chris
    1994 - Fowler, Justin

    Baseball Deaths on December 29...

    1916 - Doheny, Ed
    1924 - White, Bill
    1928 - Scanlan, Mort
    1930 - Piez, Sandy
    1930 - Shinault, Ginger
    1930 - Stutz, George
    1935 - Payne, Harley
    1936 - Prough, Bill
    1947 - Blaeholder, George
    1948 - Hoffman, Larry
    1952 - Meinke, Bob
    1962 - Graham, Tiny
    1965 - Main, Alex
    1977 - Brown, Jimmy
    1978 - Alexander, Walt
    1979 - Albrecht, Ed
    1980 - Reinholz, Art
    1981 - Plarski, Don
    1988 - Mossor, Earl
    1988 - Happenny, John
    2004 - Niarhos, Gus

    2004 - Burkhart, Ken
    2005 - Carnevale, Danny
    2010 - Boros, Steve
    2011 - Garcia, Rosman
    2014 - Usher, Bob
    2015 - Malzone, Frank
    2015 - Mayer, Ed
    2016 - Cannizzaro, Chris




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« Reply #4524 on: December 30, 2017, 12:21:28 am »

    On December 30 in Baseball History...

    1925 - The Giants trade two pitchers, southpaw Jack Bentley and right-hander Wayland Dean, to the Phillies for righty hurler Jimmy Ring. Philadelphia's new pitchers will combine to post a 0-3 record for their new team, while Ring compiles a mediocre 11-10 mark for New York, before being included in an off-season blockbuster trade along with Frankie Frisch that brings Rogers Hornsby from St. Louis to the Big Apple for one season.

    1926 - The Chicago Tribune breaks a story that the Tigers threw a four-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis convenes a hearing on the matter, but dismisses all charges. Landis can find no witnesses to confirm any part of Swede Risberg's claim.

    1935 - Sandy Koufax, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history, is born in Brooklyn. He will go on to pitch for the hometown Dodgers, but his career really takes off when the team moves to Los Angeles. Koufax will post a 129-47 record and capture three Cy Young Awards. He won all three when only one award was given annually for the two leagues.

    1943 - Babes swap places: The Phillies send first baseman Babe Dahlgren to Pittsburgh for catcher Babe Phelps and cash.

    2002 - Citing this will probably be his last year 40-year old Roger Clemens (13-6, 4.35) agrees to a $10.1 million, one-year deal with the Yankees. The 19-year veteran, who has won the Cy Young Award six times, is seven victories shy of 300.

    2004 - Aid originally destined for Nicaragua in memory of the anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s tragic flight 32 years ago will be sent instead to the earthquake and tsunami victims of Southern Asia. Roberto Clemente, Jr., who with the help of the Project Club Clemente, collected two tons of supplies and raised nearly $20,000 in dollars in an effort to reenact his father’s unfinished mission, decides to postpone the ceremonial flight and divert the relief to help those in desperate need right now.

    2008 - Chris Snyder remains a Diamondback after agreeing to a reported three-year deal worth $14.5 million. The 27-year old catcher becomes the latest individual to sign a multiyear contract with Arizona as the team attempts to develop a group of core players who will stay and play together for the long term.

    2015 - The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Scott Kazmir as a free agent.

    2015 - The Texas Rangers signed Donnie Veal as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 30...

    1851 - Caskin, Ed
    1856 - Morrissey, John
    1877 - Miller, Charlie
    1878 - Currie, Clarence
    1888 - Nicholson, Ovid
    1889 - Kirby, La Rue
    1890 - Viox, Jim
    1892 - Connolly, Tom
    1901 - Porter, Dick
    1905 - Pomorski, John

    1906 - Prim, Ray
    1919 - Laydon, Pete
    1923 - Elliott, Harry
    1929 - Taylor, Bill
    1930 - Graff, Milt
    1931 - Torre, Frank
    1935 - Koufax, Sandy
    1944 - Morales, Jose
    1944 - Schroder, Bob
    1945 - Murphy, Tom
    1953 - Davis, Steve
    1955 - Macwhorter, Keith
    1967 - Corbin, Archie
    1969 - Gajkowski, Steve
    1970 - Evans, Bart
    1970 - Blomdahl, Ben
    1971 - Baptist, Travis
    1973 - Milliard, Ralph
    1975 - Perez, Santiago
    1976 - Voyles, Brad
    1976 - Pierzynski, A.J.

    1977 - Balfour, Grant
    1982 - Hoey, Jim
    1985 - Gallagher, Sean
    1988 - Brentz, Bryce
    1988 - Burawa, Dan
    1988 - Rucinski, Drew
    1989 - Anderson, Tyler
    1989 - Johnson, Erik

    1991 - Vargas, Cesar

    Baseball Deaths on December 30...

    1894 - McMahon, Jack
    1903 - Leahy, Dan
    1906 - Porter, Henry
    1913 - Neale, Joe
    1916 - Mack, Reddy
    1934 - Henry, George
    1946 - McGehee, Pat
    1949 - Watson, Doc
    1951 - Kinsella, Bob
    1951 - Bithorn, Hi

    1958 - Hickman, Jim
    1958 - Spencer, Glenn
    1959 - Whistler, Lew
    1962 - Boley, Joe
    1963 - Good, Wilbur
    1968 - Marlowe, Dick

    1974 - Shaw, Al
    1980 - Stewart, Stuffy
    1981 - Billings, Josh
    1993 - Alston, Tom
    1998 - Graham, Jack
    1999 - Clegg, Dick
    2005 - Stevens, Bobby
    2011 - Beard, Ted





George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television": shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.