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Chicago White Sox / Re: Pale Hose History
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on January 12, 2018, 12:02:17 am »

    On January 12 in Baseball History...

    1920 - A plan developed by Charles Ebbets many years ago is finally adopted - the annual drafting of players from the minor leagues will be done in inverse order of the final standings.

    1961 - Charlie Grimm and Verlon Walker are named to the Cubs' colleges of coaches. Using this system, a different coach will manage the team each month during the season.

    1972 - Owner John Fetzer announces that the Tigers have signed a lease to build a $126 million domed stadium along the river in downtown Detroit. The complex will seat 52,000 for baseball, and 60,000 for football. Lawsuits, a failed bond issue, and the construction of the Silverdome in nearby Pontiac eventually kill the idea.

    1983 - Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Robinson, winner of 16 straight Gold Gloves and hero of the 1970 World Series, becomes the 14th player elected in his first year of eligibility. Marichal, the winningest Latin American pitcher in major league history, won 20 or more games six times and had an ERA of 2.50 or less six times.

    1984 - The Padres sign closer Rich 'Goose' Gossage as a free agent. During his four seasons in San Diego, the right-handed reliever will win 25 games with an average just shy of 21 saves per season and will help the Friars reach their first-ever World Series this year.

    1988 - Former Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Stargell, leader of two world champions in Pittsburgh and NL co-MVP in 1979 at age 39, becomes the 17th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility. Jim Bunning falls four votes shy of the 321 needed for election in his 13th year on the ballot.

    1994 - Steve Carlton, winner of 329 games and four Cy Young Awards, is elected to the Hall of Fame.

    1998 - The Cincinnati Reds signed Pete Rose, Jr. as a free agent.

    1999 - Setting an all-time record, the 70th home run ball hit by Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire is purchased at an auction by an anonymous buyer for $3 million. The price tag surpasses the previous record amount of $126,500 which was spent last year to obtain a home run ball hit by Babe Ruth.

    1999 - The Chicago White Sox traded Joe Sutton to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Darren Hall.

    2000 - The Milwaukee Brewers traded Cal Eldred and Jose Valentin to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jaime Navarro and John Snyder.

    2005 - At a Dodger Stadium news conference, general manager Paul DePodesta announces the team has signed right-hander Derek Lowe (14-12, 5.42) to a $36 million, four-year deal. The former Red Sox starter, who has the second most wins during the span of the past three seasons, is the first pitcher to win the deciding game in all three post-season series.

    2005 - Avoiding salary arbitration, Paul Lo Duca (.286, 13, 80) signs a three-year, $18 million deal to remain with the Marlins. The catcher was acquired by Florida, along with relief pitcher Guillermo Mota and outfielder Juan Encarnacion, in a trading deadline blockbuster swap which sent starter Brad Penny, first baseman Hee Seop Choi and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy to the Dodgers.

    2008 - According to reports, the Brewers reach an agreement with free-agent Mike Cameron (.242 , 21, 78) on a $7 million, one-year deal contingent upon the outfielder passing a physical. The 34-year old former Padres center fielder will miss the first 25 games of the season with the Brew Crew due to testing positive for banned substance for a second time.

    2009 - Rickey Henderson, in his first year of eligibility, and Jim Rice, in his final year, are elected to the Hall of Fame. Henderson, who will enter the Cooperstown shrine as a member of the A's, is the game's all-time stolen base leader, and Rice, who spent his entire 16-year career with the Red Sox, compiled a .298 lifetime batting average and was considered a dominant player in his era.

    2009 - The Chicago White Sox signed Sergio Santos as a free agent.

    2009 - The Boston Red Sox signed John Smoltz as a free agent.

    2010 - The Chicago White Sox signed Ramon Castro as a free agent.

    2010 - The Marlins and players’ union come to an understanding in which the team agrees to increase its payroll because the small amount that the club spends on paying players violates baseball’s revenue sharing provisions of the CBA. The agreement between the two sides, which ends in 2012 when Florida's new ballpark is scheduled to open, calls for arbitration if further problems persist.

    2012 - The MLB owners vote to give commissioner Bud Selig a two-year contract extension, a deal that will keep him in the post until the end of 2014. The 77-year-old executive was appointed as an interim in September 1992, and then became the ninth commissioner of the game upon his election six years later.

    Baseball Birthdays on January 12...

    1856 - Sullivan, Chub
    1859 - Hudson, Nat
    1859 - Swartwood, Ed
    1860 - Larkin, Henry
    1862 - Crowley, John
    1866 - Kinslow, Tom
    1868 - Daub, Dan
    1872 - Pittinger, Togie
    1876 - Browne, George

    1877 - Buelow, Charlie
    1877 - Wilson, Gary
    1878 - Matthews, William
    1878 - Schlei, Admiral
    1879 - Callahan, Jim
    1879 - Olmsted, Hank
    1889 - Imlay, Doc
    1893 - Young, Charlie
    1893 - Lorenzen, Lefty
    1895 - Bostick, Henry
    1895 - Knight, Jack
    1898 - Knothe, George
    1898 - Wade, Rip
    1899 - Hauser, Joe
    1915 - Easterwood, Roy
    1925 - Stevens, Ed
    1935 - Thorpe, Bob
    1940 - Kernek, George
    1945 - Gilliford, Paul
    1945 - Reed, Bob
    1947 - Martin, Gene
    1947 - Reuschel, Paul
    1947 - Everitt, Leon
    1950 - Jones, Randy
    1953 - Whitfield, Terry
    1956 - Porter, Chuck
    1958 - Craig, Rod

    1960 - Trujillo, Mike
    1960 - Marshall, Mike
    1960 - Hulett, Tim

    1961 - Candaele, Casey
    1967 - Simms, Mike
    1970 - Wilson, Nigel
    1971 - Fox, Andy
    1972 - Loiselle, Rich
    1975 - Velandia, Jorge
    1977 - Taylor, Reggie
    1978 - Ayala, Luis
    1980 - Crosby, Bobby
    1982 - Ray, Chris
    1982 - Willis, Dontrelle
    1984 - Olsen, Scott
    1985 - Hatcher, Chris
    1987 - Nova, Ivan
    1988 - Kim, Hyun-Soo
    1988 - Marks, Justin
    1991 - Wood, Alex

    Baseball Deaths on January 12...

    1903 - Mercer, Win
    1910 - Staley, Harry
    1937 - McCarthy, Joe
    1938 - Shaw, Dupee
    1940 - Keas, Ed
    1943 - Webb, Bill
    1958 - Webb, Lefty
    1960 - Lavender, Jimmy
    1970 - Bass, Doc
    1970 - Bruckmiller, Andy
    1971 - Malis, Cy
    1974 - Smith, Joe
    1974 - Middleton, Jim
    1975 - Kalin, Frank
    1986 - Solomon, Eddie

    1989 - Dudley, Clise
    1993 - Browne, Earl
    1993 - Koenig, Fred
    1993 - Orrell, Joe
    2010 - Layne, Hillis
    2013 - Harris, Bubba
    2018 - Arias, Rodolfo "Rudy"



Chicago White Sox / Re: White Sox - Trades and Rumors
« Last post by WshflThinking on January 11, 2018, 11:16:43 am »
Chicago White Sox / Re: Pale Hose History
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on January 11, 2018, 12:21:24 am »

    On January 11 in Baseball History...

    1915 - Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast L´Hommedieu Huston purchase the New York Yankees for $460,000.

    1949 - Although the city doesn't have a major league franchise, the Story Quarry is selected as the site for the new Milwaukee County Stadium. Construction will begin in the Fall of next year in an attempt to attract a big league team which will happen in 1954 when the Braves leave Boston to play in Brew Town.

    1960 - The Phillies send fan-favorite Richie Ashburn, the National League's top hitter in 1958, to the Cubs in exchange for infielders Alvin Dark and Jim Woods and right hander John Buzhardt. 'Whitey', a future Hall of Famer, will play center field and hit .291 batting leadoff for Chicago this season.

    1968 - Ewing Kauffman becomes the owner of the new American League franchise in Kansas City to be eventually known as the Royals. Encouraged by his wife Muriel, the pharmaceutical magnate becomes an instrumental force in bringing a quality major league baseball experience to the Heart of America, after Charlie Finley's stormy departure to Oakland with the unpopular A's team .

    1971 - Tigers pitcher John Hiller suffers a heart attack at age 27. He will miss the 1971 season before making a remarkable comeback.

    1973 - After the American League approves the new rule 8-4 and the National League vetoes the idea, all 24 owners approve the junior circuit's three-year experiment to use a designated hitter. Although the DH was his idea, A’s owner Charley Finley votes against the concept because his brainchild of implementing a designated runner is nixed.

    1977 - The Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday and pitcher Mike Garman to the Dodgers for first baseman Bill Buckner, shortstop Ivan DeJesus, and Minor League pitcher Jeff Albert. The trade solidifies the Cubs infield for the next five years, but the Dodgers will win three pennants in that span.

    1983 - For the third time in eight years, George Steinbrenner hires Billy Martin as Yankee manager. Martin replaces Clyde King, who will move to the front office.

    2000 - Former Red Sox and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk and the 'Big Red Machine's first baseman Tony Perez are elected to the Hall of Fame. 'Pudge' is selected in his second year of eligibility and the Reds infielder from Ciego De Avila, Cuba makes it on his ninth try.

    2001 - David Cone agrees to a one-year contract with the Red Sox. The former Cy Young Award winner could make between $4 million and $5 million with Boston, compared to the $500,000 guaranteed-offer made by the Yankees, if he makes the roster and pitches regularly during the season.

    2002 - After a one-year experiment, the Orioles plan to return Camden Yards to its original dimensions by moving in the fences. The team, which hit only 58 homers at home - 44 less than in the previous season, said the fences are returning to their initial distances because the new configuration "adversely affected the viewing angle of the batter's eye."

    2005 - The Diamondbacks trade recently acquired catcher Dioner Navarro and hurlers William Juarez, Danny Muegge and Beltran Perez to the Dodgers for 32-year old outfielder Shawn Green (.266, 28, 86). In an effort to rebound from last’s season’s 51-111 record, Arizona has also signed free-agent third baseman Troy Glaus and starting pitcher Russ Ortiz during the off season.

    2006 - The Devil Rays make their first agreement with a Japanese player as 31-year right-hander relief pitcher Shinji Mori signs a $1.4 million, two-year contract to play in Tampa Bay. In 431 games, the former Seibu Lion reliever was 44-44 with 50 saves and a 3.39 ERA playing in Japan's Pacific League.

    2006 - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed Greg Norton as a free agent.

    2008 - Jacobs Field, the home of the Indians since 1994, will now be called Progressive Field. The Tribe signs a 16-year naming rights agreement with the Cleveland based insurance company calling for an average annual payment of $3.6 million until the year 2023.

    2008 - The Reds hire Walt Jocketty as a special adviser to chief executive Bob Castellini. The former Cardinals GM, who spent 13 season in the St. Louis front office, left after the Redbirds slumped to a third place finish (78-84) one year removed from a World Championship.

    2010 - Mark McGwire, who broke Roger Maris’ single-season home run record in 1998, apologizes for his decade-long on-and-off use of performance-enhancing substances that started prior to the 1990 season. The former St. Louis and Oakland slugger, recently hired to be the Cardinals hitting coach, had been in an self-imposed exile since repeatedly telling a congressional committee in 2005, “I’m not here to talk about the past,” a remark which seriously hurt his popularity and irrevocably damaged his reputation.

    2010 - Former pitching great Greg Maddux, who started his major league career with the Cubs in 1986, is returning to the team as an assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. A sure first-ballot Hall of Famer, the 355-game winner's duties will include assisting the major league and minor league coaching staffs at spring training, evaluating talent, and developing minor league players.

    2010 - With aspirations of being the Cubs' manager some day, Ryne Sandberrg agrees to replace Bobby Dickerson, who left for a position with Baltimore, as the skipper for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The 50-year old Hall of Famer has managed in the Chicago farm system for the past three seasons, two with the Single-A Peoria Chiefs and one year with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.

    2010 - In a very significant deal for the struggling organization, according to the Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, the team signs starting pitcher Aroldis Chapman to a $30.25 million, six years contract. Cincinnati was the winning bidder for the services of the 21-year old southpaw fireballer from Cuba, who defected from his country last July while playing in the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    2013 - Wearing a Cubs jersey and backward blue baseball cap, Clark, the Cubs' new mascot makes his debut at Chicago's Advocate Illinois Masonic’s Pediatric Developmental Center. Clark the Cub, who is named after the street located behind Wrigley Field's home plate, is being touted as the great-grandson of franchise’s first mascot, Joa, a live bear used as a good luck charm in 1916, nine years after the franchise officially adopted Cubs as the team’s name.

    2016 - The St. Louis Cardinals signed Seung Hwan Oh as a non-drafted free agent.

    2017 - The Tampa Bay Rays claimed Jason Coats from the Chicago White Sox on waivers.

    Baseball Birthdays on January 11...

    1862 - Pinkney, George
    1867 - Niles, Bill
    1868 - King, Silver
    1876 - Flick, Elmer
    1879 - McIntire, Harry
    1884 - Watson, Art
    1888 - Roberts, Skipper
    1890 - Keliher, Mickey
    1890 - Carey, Max
    1895 - Driscoll, Paddy
    1898 - Lansing, Gene
    1899 - Crowder, Alvin
    1900 - Taber, Lefty
    1901 - McNamara, George
    1910 - Rowe, Schoolboy
    1911 - Hughes, Roy
    1915 - Mele, Dutch
    1918 - Andres, Ernie
    1918 - Gardella, Al
    1919 - Rochelli, Lou
    1921 - Kvasnak, Al
    1922 - Berry, Neil "Connie"

    1922 - Fanovich, Frank
    1928 - Babe, Loren
    1928 - Powis, Carl
    1929 - Mossi, Don

    1937 - Curtis, Jack
    1940 - Fischer, Hank
    1942 - Napoleon, Danny
    1944 - Baker, Frank
    1944 - McAndrew, Jim
    1948 - Henninger, Rick
    1948 - Redmon, Glenn
    1955 - Norman, Dan
    1959 - McClendon, Lloyd
    1962 - Pall, Donn

    1967 - Riesgo, Nikco
    1968 - Rivera, Ben
    1971 - Delgado, Alex
    1972 - Allensworth, Jermaine
    1974 - McKay, Cody
    1974 - Morris, Warren
    1978 - Aquino, Greg
    1989 - Noel, Rico
    1990 - Salazar, Danny
    1995 - Crawford, J.P.

    Baseball Deaths on January 11...

    1912 - Marr, Lefty
    1914 - Goldsby, Walt
    1922 - Murray, Miah
    1929 - Golden, Mike
    1936 - Gross, Turkey
    1945 - McNeal, Harry
    1951 - Wagner, Bill
    1953 - Moskiman, Doc
    1954 - Bowman, Sumner
    1965 - Pipp, Wally
    1968 - Hunter, George
    1969 - Fuhrman, Ollie
    1973 - Bisland, Rivington
    1973 - Hamann, Doc
    1977 - Carleton, Tex
    1986 - Resinger, Grover

    1992 - Jorgens, Orville
    1993 - Quinn, Frank
    1994 - Turk, Lucas
    1994 - Sprinz, Joe
    1997 - Martin, Stu
    1998 - Becker, Joe
    1999 - Dyck, Jim
    2000 - Lemon, Bob
    2013 - Talbot, Fred

    2014 - Brown, Jophrey
    2016 - Irvin, Monte




Chicago White Sox / Re: Other Sports
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on January 10, 2018, 06:08:04 pm »
Chicago White Sox / Re: Pale Hose History
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on January 10, 2018, 12:04:43 am »

    On January 10 in Baseball History...

     1907 - John McGraw saves the day as he prevents a team of horses from injuring two west coast women. The fiery Giants’ manager's heroic deed of stopping the runaway steeds takes place in the City of Angels, Los Angeles.

    1928 - The Giants trade Rogers Hornsby to the Braves for Shanty Hogan and Jimmy Welsh. During Rajah's one-year stay in Boston, his third team in three seasons, the future Hall of Fame second baseman will lead the the major leagues in hitting with a .387 batting average along with an astounding .498 on-base-percentage playing and managing the seventh place club.

    1934 - William Walker is elected president of the Cubs replacing Bill Veeck Sr., a former sports writer who won three pennants (1918, 1929, and 1932) during his reign in Chicago's front office. The 56 year-old baseball executive, whose son will become an Hall of Fame major league owner, died of leukemia during the World Series.

    1945 - The BBWAA does not elect a new member for the Hall of Fame this year. Frank Chance, Rube Waddell and Ed Walsh, all of whom will be inducted by the Veterans' committee in 1946, get the most votes but fall short of the necessary three-fourths of the ballots to be selected.

    1950 - Indians' general manager Hank Greenberg relieves of his duties when the coach's son fails to sign with Tribe signs and is inked by the Red Sox. George Jr., who will makes his major league debut against the Yankees in 1955, compiles a 22-17 record in 117 games during his 5 seasons with Boston and Detroit.

    1950 - The Phillies officially abandon using the nickname of Blue Jays, a moniker that never caught the fancy of the Philadelphia fandom. The unpopular name had been selected from an entry in a 1944 contest, with the choice appearing as a logo on a sleeve patch for the following two seasons.

    1957 - Commissioner Ford Frick allows Bing Crosby, part of an 11-man syndicate that made a successful bid to buy the Tigers, to keep his token stock in the Detroit club although he is part owner of the Pirates. The famous crooner, who became one of the Buc's owners in 1946, presently has a 16% share of the club.

    1983 - A preliminary injunction is issued by the New York Supreme Court barring the Yankees from playing their opening games against the Tigers in Denver. The Bronx Bombers sought to move games fearing the renovations to the stadium would not be completed on time.

    1984 - Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, and Don Drysdale are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

    1991 - In one of the worst trades ever made in baseball history, the Orioles send pitchers Curt Schilling and Pete Harnish and outfielder Steve Finley to the Astros for first baseman Glen Davis. Davis, who averaged 27 home runs in six seasons playing in the Astrodome with Houston, will hit only 24 dingers in three injury-filled years as Schilling becomes one of the most dominant hurlers in the game and Harnish and Finley develop into solid major league players.

    2001 - In an effort to authenticate autographed and game-used merchandise sold by its licensees, Major League Baseball has hired Arthur Andersen, an accounting company to assure the authenticity of approximately 40,000 items this season. The memorabilia will have a tamper proof hologram and an ID number with a company official observing the removal of the item being physically taken from the player or event.

    2001 - As part of its 100th Anniversary festivities, the Indians present three-time All-Star Jim Thome with his very own bobblehead doll. The first baseman is one of seven current Cleveland players which will be part of the bobblehead doll promotional giveaways to celebrate the club's centennial this season.

    2002 - Although he missed most of the second half of the season playing for the White Sox due to undergoing back surgery, the Yankees sign David Wells to a two-year, $7-million contract to re-join the team. After posting a 34-14 record including a perfect game from 1997-98, 'Boomer' was traded to the Blue Jays, where he had his only 20-win season, in a deal for Roger Clemens.

    2002 - Representative John Conyers Jr., the House Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, said he would back off asking Bud Selig to resign if the commissioner dropped his threat to eliminate teams this season. Selig in a two-page letter to the Michigan lawmaker was unequivocal in his response stating the suggestions made were wholly unacceptable.

    2005 - The Milwaukee Brewers traded Travis Hinton to Chicago White Sox completing trade in which the Milwaukee Brewers traded Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino and a player to be named later to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Carlos Lee (December 13, 2004).

    2006 - Bruce Sutter becomes just the fourth relief pitcher to get into the Hall of Fame, and the first hurler ever elected without a career major league start. The split fingered fastball, which will eventual lead to career ending injuries, helped to establish the right-hander as one of the game’s dominant closers.

    2007 - The Cincinnati Reds traded Russ Haltiwanger to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Jeff Keppinger.

    2008 - The Astros and Darin Erstad (.248, 4, 32) agree to a $1 million, one-year deal which also includes incentives. The 33-year-old free agent outfielder, a lifetime .284 hitter, saw limited duty with the White Sox last season after spending 11 superb seasons with the Angels.

    2011 - The Chicago White Sox signed Will Ohman as a free agent.

    2013 - The Chicago Cubs signed Brent Lillibridge as a free agent.

    2014 - The New York Yankees signed Matt Thornton as a free agent.

    2015 - The Tampa Bay Rays signed Asdrubal Cabrera as a free agent.

    2015 - Tampa Bay Rays traded Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, Boog Powell and cash.

    2017 - The Chicago White Sox signed Geovany Soto as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on January 10...

    1835 - Wright, Harry
    1859 - Dolan, Tom
    1863 - Pettee, Pat
    1870 - Houseman, John
    1873 - Stahl, Chick
    1873 - O'Neill, Jack
    1876 - Puhl, John
    1879 - MacGamwell, Ed
    1879 - McNichol, Ed
    1887 - Russell, Harvey
    1888 - Pratt, Del
    1888 - Pearce, George
    1888 - Ohl, Joe
    1890 - Watson, Milt
    1893 - Herrmann, Marty
    1894 - Gingras, Joe
    1898 - Stauffer, Ed
    1908 - Swift, Bill

    1910 - Peac0ck, Johnny
    1918 - Lillard, Bill
    1922 - Chambers, Cliff
    1926 - Strickland, George
    1928 - Dittmer, Jack
    1935 - Bowsfield, Ted
    1937 - O'Toole, Jim

    1938 - McCovey, Willie
    1940 - Skaugstad, Dave
    1943 - Campbell, Jim
    1944 - Dobson, Chuck
    1946 - Korince, George
    1946 - Geishert, Vern
    1948 - Hardy, Larry
    1951 - Martz, Gary
    1956 - Rohn, Dan
    1958 - Keedy, Pat
    1959 - Dotson, Richard

    1960 - Torve, Kelvin
    1960 - Brower, Bob
    1962 - Diaz, Mario
    1962 - Lindeman, Jim
    1967 - Baez, Kevin
    1973 - Rath, Gary
    1976 - Jimenez, Jason
    1976 - Kennedy, Adam
    1977 - Bauer, Rick
    1980 - Roney, Matt
    1983 - Santana, Ervin
    1984 - Jones, Hunter
    1985 - Gervacio, Sam
    1987 - Dennick, Ryan
    1987 - Espino, Paolo
    1987 - Rosario, Alberto
    1988 - Dolis, Rafael
    1988 - Gurka, Jason
    1989 - Miranda, Ariel
    1991 - Steckenrider, Drew
    1992 - Healy, Ryon

    Baseball Deaths on January 10...

    1907 - Langsford, Bob
    1917 - McFetridge, Jack
    1951 - Delahanty, Tom
    1952 - Ely, Bones
    1956 - McBride, Algie
    1960 - Fabrique, Bunny
    1962 - Shafer, Tillie
    1962 - Bratschi, Fred

    1966 - Reese, Andy
    1970 - Freeman, Harvey
    1977 - Frazier, Vic

    1980 - Critz, Hughie
    1983 - Torres, Gil
    1986 - Johnson, Roy
    1987 - Makosky, Frank
    1987 - Hiller, Frank
    1996 - Schultz, Joe
    1997 - Picciuto, Nick
    1997 - Marchildon, Phil
    2004 - Pyle, Ewald
    2005 - Fine, Tommy
    2016 - Brown, Alton



Chicago White Sox / Re: Pale Hose History
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on January 09, 2018, 12:13:30 am »

    On January 9 in Baseball History...

    1903 - Baltimore's defunct American League franchise is sold to Frank Farrell and Bill Devery for $18,000 and is moved to New York. The Manhattan team will be first known as the Highlanders before being officially renamed the Yankees in 1913

    1952 - The Marines announce their plan to recall Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, who missed three years in the majors due to serving in WW II, back to active duty. The bomber pilot, who will fly 39 missions over Korea and survive a crash-landing after being shot down by the enemy, will play briefly at the start of the season, but will not return to the Boston lineup on a full-time basis until late in the 1953 season.

    1960 - In the first episode of Home Run Derby ever aired, Mickey Mantle overcomes an 8–2 deficit to beat Giants superstar Willie Mays, 9-8, when he goes deep in the bottom of the ninth at LA’s Wrigley Field. The ‘Say Hey Kid’, who had hit four homers before the Yankee slugger stepped up to the plate, agrees to double their $500 side bet when he is ahead by five runs in the seventh, enabling his opponent to walk away with both the winning and losing share of the contest.

    1961 - Ending two months of negotiations, the Twins of the American League agree on a $500,000 indemnity payment to the American Association for entering the minor league's territory in Minnesota. The settlement paves the way for the team, formerly known as the Senators, to move from Washington, D.C., and play their home games in the Minnesota/St. Paul area.

    1976 - Charles Ruppert, Giants vice president and son-in-law of Horace Stoneham, announces the sale of the team to a Toronto group for $13.3 million. Outrage by the fans prompts San Francisco mayor George Moscone to get a preliminary injunction preventing the move.

    1984 - Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for coc@ine possession in his native Dominican Republic. Under local law he will remain in jail until his trial, forcing him to miss the beginning of the season. Perez maintains that he was given the packet by a woman he did not know and was unaware of what it contained.

    1989 - Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Bench and Yaz, who faced each other in the classic 1975 World Series, each spent their entire careers (40 years combined) with one club. Bench set new standards for catchers both offensively (348 home runs) and defensively (10 straight Gold Gloves). Yastrzemski hit 452 home runs, collected 3,308 hits, and won the 1967 Triple Crown.

    1990 - In their first year of eligibility, Jim Palmer (three-time AL Cy Young Winner) and Joe Morgan (two-time NL MVP) are elected to the Hall of Fame. The Orioles' right-hander compiled a 268-152 (.638) record while spending his entire 19-year career in Baltimore, and the diminutive second baseman, best known for his years with the Big Red Machine, finished his 22-year tenure in the big leagues with a batting average of .271 playing with five dfferent teams.

    1990 - A spring training lockout of major league players will begin February 15 unless there is a new agreement according to an announcement made by the owners. The work stoppage will last 32 days.

    2001 - The Expos agree to a one-year contract with RDS and TSN to telecast 55 games (46 on RDS, 12 on TSN and 3 on both) this year. The approximately $2 million pact with French-language Reseau des Sports ends the year-long local television blackout which resulted in the departure of Dave van Horne, a respected play-by-play announcer, and the loss of the team's main sponsor, Labatt Brewery, which cited the lack of local TV rights as a factor in ending its 15-year relationship with the club.

    2001 - Hoping to fill the void creating by Manny Ramirez's departure to Boston, the Indians sign Juan Gonzalez to a one-year, $10-million deal. After turning down a $143 million, eight-year extension with the Tigers last year, the two-time American League MVP leaves the Detroit after hitting .289 with only 67 RBIs in a disappointing injuried-plagued season.

    2002 - Signing a $27 million deal with the Astros, Billy Wagner becomes one of baseball's highest-paid relievers. The thirty-year old will get $8 million in each of the next three seasons with a $9 million club option for 2005 with a $3 million buyout.

    2002 - Postseason spark plug Craig Counsell (.275, 4, 38) signs a three-year, $7.25 million deal with the Diamondbacks. Cut by the Dodgers in 2000, the NLCS MVP played the infield in 141 games for the World Series champion Diamondbacks last season.

    2005 - Carlos Beltran (.267, 38, 104) becomes the tenth $100 million player in major league history when the 27-year old native of Puerto Rico agrees to a seven-year deal for $119 million with the Mets. The five-tool outfielder, who had his market value increase in the postseason by helping the Astros come within a win of their first World Series appearance in franchise history, goes to New York after Houston refuses to include a no-trade clause in their very attractive monetary offer to keep him on the club.

    2006 - The Baltimore Orioles traded Nate Spears and Carlos Perez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Corey Patterson.

    2007 - The New York Yankees traded Randy Johnson and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Luis Vizcaino, Ross Ohlendorf, Alberto Gonzalez and Steven Jackson.

    2008 - The Mayo Smith Society names Magglio Ordonez as the winner of its annual King Tiger Award for his contributions on and off the field. The international organization for Detroit fans revived the honor in 2004, a tradition which was started and maintained by various fan clubs from 1961 to 1980.

    2009 - The Chicago Cubs signed Milton Bradley as a free agent.

    2012 - The Baseball Writers’ Association of America elects former Reds' infielder Barry Larkin as its only player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in July. The Cincinnati shortstop, who received 86.4 percent of the scribes' votes, will be joined by Ron Santo, who was selected posthumously last month by the Golden Era committee.

    2012 - The Chicago White Sox signed Hector Gimenez as a free agent.

    2014 - The Chicago White Sox signed Dylan Axelrod as a free agent.

    2014 - The Tampa Bay Rays signed Jayson Nix as a free agent.

    2015 - The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Charlie Leesman as a free agent.

    Baseball Birthdays on January 9...

    1860 - Olin, Frank
    1868 - Payne, Harley
    1872 - Cross, Lem
    1876 - Wolfe, Barney
    1882 - Bliss, Jack
    1887 - Hoch, Harry
    1888 - Carmichael, Chet
    1892 - Lee, Billy
    1894 - Townsend, Ira
    1895 - French, Ray

    1897 - Keefe, Dave
    1899 - Conroy, Bill
    1900 - Barnes, Frank
    1911 - Tyack, Jim
    1916 - Stanceu, Charley
    1917 - Echols, Johnny
    1918 - Anderson, Ferrell
    1919 - Sproull, Charlie
    1924 - Hall, John
    1931 - Dietzel, Roy
    1935 - Duliba, Bob
    1936 - Navarro, Julio
    1936 - Terry, Ralph
    1939 - Grilli, Guido
    1944 - Thoenen, Dick
    1952 - Hopkins, Don
    1952 - Wallis, Joe
    1953 - DeJesus, Ivan
    1953 - Mankowski, Phil
    1955 - Rockett, Pat
    1958 - Bordley, Bill
    1959 - Nixon, Otis
    1964 - Javier, Stan
    1968 - Kramer, Tom
    1969 - Jean, Domingo

    1970 - Mathews, T.J.
    1972 - Powell, Jay
    1973 - Holbert, Aaron
    1975 - Cloude, Ken
    1978 - Fossum, Casey
    1982 - Pena, Tony

    1983 - Boggs, Brandon
    1983 - Dolsi, Freddy
    1983 - Funneman, Tyler
    1984 - Richardson, Dustin
    1989 - Molina, Nestor

    1991 - Guerrero, Tayron
    1995 - Moya, Gabriel

    Baseball Deaths on January 9...

    1900 - Kessler, Henry
    1913 - Crosby, George
    1924 - Hodson, George
    1934 - Werden, Perry
    1939 - Pelouze, Louis
    1941 - Smith, Fred
    1948 - Jahn, Art
    1949 - McIntire, Harry
    1953 - Carney, Pat
    1954 - Shelton, Skeeter
    1957 - Gleason, Billy
    1968 - Strelecki, Ed
    1970 - Collins, Ray
    1971 - Flick, Elmer
    1973 - Lary, Lyn
    1973 - Cypert, Al
    1975 - Fullerton, Curt
    1975 - Cruise, Walton
    1979 - Haines, Hinkey
    1983 - Palmer, Eddie
    1983 - Spence, Stan
    1989 - Terry, Bill
    1990 - Chandler, Spud
    1994 - Temple, Johnny
    1996 - Tremper, Overton
    1996 - Freed, Roger
    2003 - Landrum, Don
    2005 - Mabe, Bob
    2007 - Callahan, Ben
    2009 - Roberts, Dave
    2009 - Williams, Frank
    2011 - Sisler, Dave
    2015 - Locke, Chuck
    2016 - Rautzhan, Lance

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