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Chicago White Sox / Re: Pale Hose History
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on December 05, 2018, 12:08:43 am »

    On December 5 in Baseball History...

    1950 - Mel Ott leaves the Giants' organization signing a two-year pact to manage the Pacific Coast League's Oakland club. 'Marvelous Mel' will be replacing Charlie Dressen.

    1952 - Figures reveal 1,493,632 fewer fans attended major league games last season representing a 9.26% drop from the previous season. It is the second consecutive season that attendance has declined and the trend will also continue next year.

    1955 - Ellis Kinder is selected off waivers by the Cardinals from the Boston Red Sox. During his eight seasons in Boston, the 41-year old right-hander posted an 86-52 record with a earned run average of 3.28.

    1955 - Carl Stotz announces his plans to organize a rival baseball circuit for kids as an alternative to Little League. The Williamsport lumberyard clerk, considered the founder of the original Little League Baseball that started play in 1939, left the organization due to a lawsuit he filed when he disagreed with the expansion of the existing leagues.

    1957 - The Cardinals acquire Curt Flood from the Reds, along with Joe Taylor, in exchange for Marty Kutyna, Willard Schmidt and Ted Wieand. The deal, one of the few ever mandated by team owner Gussie Busch, proves to be very beneficial for the Redbirds when their new 19 year-old player develops into an All-Star Gold Glove center fielder, who will play a pivotal role in the club capturing two world championships and a NL pennant during his 12-year reign in St. Louis.

    1958 - The Phillies, who had made plans to broadcast into New York because of the sudden absence of NL teams in that city, drop any plans for 1959 broadcasts to New York City after the Yankees threaten to broadcast into Philadelphia.

    1973 - The Cubs' plan to trade their veteran third baseman Ron Santo is thwarted when he becomes the first player to invoke the new 10 and 5 rule. The team wanted to send their 33-year old infielder to the Angels for two pitchers, but his 10+ years in the major leagues with 5+ being in Chicago gave him the right to veto the deal.

    1973 - The Dodgers trade outfielder Willie Davis to Montreal for Mike Marshall. The reliever will win the Cy Young Award for LA next season, and Davis has a solid season, batting .295, in his one season with the Expos.

    1975 - Yogi Berra, fired unexpectedly after piloting the club as a first-year manager to a 99-63 record and an American League pennant in 1964, returns to the Yankees as a coach after an 11-year absence. The hiring of the team's former all-star catcher and skipper to be Billy Martinís bench coach marks the first time in the history of the game that a such a designation has been given to a member of the coaching staff.

    1977 - Bobby Bonds (.264, 37, 115), who was made expendable when the team signed Lyman Bostock, is dealt by the Angels with Thad Bosley and Richard Dotson to the White Sox in exchange for backstop Brian Downing, Dave Frost and Chris Knapp. The trade is projected to be helpful to both teams as Bonds will help fill the power void created by the departure of Richie Zisk and Oscar G@mble to free agency, and California gets a badly needed first-string catcher with Downing, who will become a mainstay behind the plate for the Halos for 13 seasons.

    1978 - After 18 years with Cincinnati, free agent Pete Rose signs a four-year, $3.2 million contract with the Phillies to temporarily become the highest-paid athlete in team sports.

    1978 - The Indians deal Alfredo Griffin along with prospect Phil Lansford to the Blue Jays for Victor Cruz. The Tribe's transaction will prove to be short-sighted when the 21-year old shortstop wins the American League Rookie of Year Award next season, and their newly acquired right-hander posts a 3-9 record with a 4.23 ERA.

    1984 - The A's send base-stealing outfielder Rickey Henderson and pitcher Bert Bradley to the Yankees in exchange for pitchers Jay Howell and Jose Rijo, outfielder Stan Javier, and minor leaguers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk. On the same day, the Yankees trade catcher Rick Cerone to the Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher.

    1990 - In a major trade, the Blue Jays send first baseman Fred McGriff and veteran shortstop Tony Fernandez to San Diego for second baseman Roberto Alomar and slugging outfielder Joe Carter.

    1990 - Hoping to fill the void created by Darryl Strawberry's departure to LA as a free agent, the Mets make their first move into the free-agent market in 10 years when they sign Vince Coleman to a 4-year contract just shy of $12 million. The former St. Louis outfielder, who will spend time on the disabled list on five occasions during the next two seasons, will be hampered by injuries to his ribs and hamstrings during his stay with New York.

    1996 - The players executive board unanimously approves the new collective bargaining agreement. This is the final obstacle in bringing interleague play and a guarantee of no work stoppages until 2001 to major league baseball.
    2001 - New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces he wants to complete new stadium deals for the Mets and Yankees before he leaves office at the end of the month. Before the September 11 attacks, which dramatically changed the city's financial stature, the mayor thought an arrangement in which the city, the state and the owners agreed to pay one-third of the cost of the new stadiums might complete the negotiations with the teams.

    2002 - The Mets sign the much sought after free-agent Tom Glavine to a three-year deal worth $35 million with an option for an additional year that could increase the value of the contract to $42.5 million. The 36 year-old southpaw, who has compiled a 242-143 record along with a 3.37 ERA, will notch his 300th career victory with New York in 2007.

    2009 - After trying seven shortstops since Nomar Garciaparra was traded to the Cubs during the 2004 season, the Red Sox give Marco Scutaro an opportunity to play the position, inking the 34-year old infielder to a two-year deal with a club option for 2012. The free-agent, who hit a career-best .282 along with 12 homers and 60 RBIs for Toronto last season, will replace Alex Gonzalez, who left the Red Sox after Boston declined his $6 million option and recently signed with the Blue Jays.

    2010 - On the eve of the winter meetings, free-agent Jayson Werth (.296, 27, 85) and the Nationals come to terms on a $126 million, seven-year contract. The signing of the 31-year-old right-fielder, who has been a cog in Philadelphia's recent success, will help to fill the void created by the departure of Adam Dunn, the team's former clean-up hitter, to the south side of Chicago.

    2011 - Ron Santo is elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously by the Golden Era Committee, receiving 15 of its possible 16 votes. The former Cubs' third baseman, who played in the 1960s and early í70s, compiled a .277 lifetime batting average, won five Gold Gloves and was a member of nine All-Star teams during his 15-year tenure in Chicago, including a season on the South Side with the White Sox.

    2011 - ESPN hires Terry Francona, fired as the Red Sox manager, to be the analyst for its signature Sunday Night games and to be a contributor on other studio shows including SportsCenter. The former skipper will be replacing Bobby Valentine, who was recently hired to replace him in the Boston dugout.

    2013 - The Milwaukee Brewers traded Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Will Smith.

    2014 - The New York Yankees signed Andrew Miller as a free agent.

    2014 - The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees as part of 3-team trade in which the New York Yankees sent Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers; and the Detroit Tigers sent Robbie Ray and Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    2014 - Kevin Cash becomes the youngest current skipper in the big leagues when the Rays announce on Twitter that he will be replacing Joe Maddon, who recently signed to manage the Cubs. The 37 year-old former Indiansí bullpen coach was selected over Don Wakamatsu, the present Royals bench coach and one-time Mariners manager.

    2015 - The organ, played by the legendary Nancy Faust who entertained fans at both the Old Comiskey Park and the U.S. Cellular Field for more than 3,000 White Sox home games over 41 seasons, is purchased by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, who grow up in Chicago listening to her renditions of Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. The iconic instrument was put up for bid by the team during their annual holiday charity auction at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 5...

    1860 - Shindle, Billy
    1862 - Fuller, Harry
    1864 - Tebeau, Patsy
    1868 - Bowerman, Frank
    1871 - Wiltse, Snake
    1871 - Smith, Tom
    1871 - Cogan, Dick
    1872 - Hawley, Pink
    1873 - Mahoney, Mike
    1884 - Summers, Ed
    1885 - Strands, Larry
    1887 - Aitchison, Raleigh
    1888 - Porray, Ed
    1893 - Gedeon, Joe
    1901 - Selph, Carey

    1901 - Moss, Ray
    1904 - Fitzgerald, Ray
    1905 - Mancuso, Gus
    1906 - Storti, Lin
    1911 - Stone, Dick
    1911 - Padgett, Don
    1911 - Flythe, Stu
    1915 - Mattick, Bobby
    1916 - Rachunok, Steve
    1916 - Schulte, Len
    1919 - Ortiz, Baby
    1921 - Ferriss, Dave
    1922 - Rodgers, Bill
    1928 - Urban, Jack
    1938 - Ruiz, Chico
    1938 - Moran, Al
    1940 - Papa, John
    1941 - Sprout, Bob
    1942 - Shea, Steve
    1948 - Harris, Buddy
    1954 - Roenicke, Gary
    1956 - Hudgens, Dave
    1956 - Swaggerty, Bill
    1958 - Munninghoff, Scott
    1962 - C0ckrell, Alan
    1962 - Jimenez, German
    1963 - Khalifa, Sam
    1964 - Harris, Gene
    1965 - Lewis, Scott
    1967 - Grott, Matt
    1970 - Stewart, Andy
    1972 - Mahoney, Mike
    1972 - Floyd, Cliff
    1972 - Rodriguez, Felix
    1973 - Frias, Hanley
    1974 - Vining, Ken
    1978 - Stewart, Josh

    1984 - Lueke, Josh
    1986 - Smoak, Justin
    1987 - Pollack, A.J.
    1987 - Rearick, Chris
    1989 - Garton, Ryan
    1991 - Yelich, Christian

    Baseball Deaths on December 5...

    1916 - Cuff, John
    1930 - Guiney, Ben
    1937 - Lovett, John
    1942 - Picinich, Val
    1942 - Eiteljorge, Ed
    1945 - Brooks, Harry
    1950 - Dahlen, Bill
    1951 - Jackson, Joe

    1951 - Duggan, Jim
    1954 - Christopher, Russ
    1957 - Ferson, Alex
    1959 - Siemer, Oscar
    1961 - Mahar, Frank
    1964 - Wingo, Ed
    1967 - Lively, Jack
    1969 - Rabbitt, Joe
    1970 - Wyatt, Joe
    1973 - Pumpelly, Spencer
    1974 - Beckman, Jim
    1986 - Abrams, George
    1994 - Abernathy, Woody
    1995 - Bruton, Bill
    1996 - Mapes, Cliff
    2005 - Reed, Billy
    2011 - Lonnett, Joe

    2014 - Graber, Rod



Chicago White Sox / Re: White Sox - Trades and Rumors
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Chicago White Sox / Re: Around Baseball - 2018
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Chicago White Sox / Re: Pale Hose History
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on December 04, 2018, 12:51:18 am »

    On December 4 in Baseball History...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2017 - The Atlanta Braves signed Rob Brantly as a free agent.

    2017 - The Yankees select 2003 playoff hero Aaron Boone as their thirty-third manager in franchise history, replacing the recently dismissed Joe Girardi, who led the team to the ALCS last season. The 44 year-old former infielder is the first skipper without any previous coaching or managerial experience hired to lead the Bronx Bombers since Hall of Famer Bill Dickey took over the helm in 1946.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 4...

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

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

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

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

    Baseball Deaths on December 4...

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

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



Chicago White Sox / Re: White Sox - Trades and Rumors
« Last post by Method on December 03, 2018, 06:38:15 am »
Why wouldnt we take this deal? A warm body would be fine in return for Avi. Now we've non-tendered him and gotten nothing in return.
Chicago White Sox / Re: Around Baseball - 2018
« Last post by Method on December 03, 2018, 06:35:00 am »
Some interesting names in the non-tender list.

Wouldnt mind taking a run at Boxberger, Owings, Schoop, Blake Parker, Shoemaker. Fiers, Tim Beckham.

Billy Hamilton also available but he's looking for a starting job and we have enough contact issues.
Chicago White Sox / Re: Pale Hose History
« Last post by AndyMacFAIL on December 03, 2018, 12:24:10 am »

On December 3 in Baseball History...

    1901 - At the league meeting, the Milwaukee franchise is officially dropped from the AL and is replaced by the St. Louis Browns.

    1926 - In a Chicago Tribune article detailing the business side of the team, the Cubs causally reveal Weeghman Park will now be known as Wrigley Field, reflecting the ownership of the club by William Wrigley, Jr. The north side ballpark was originally named after the previous owner of team, Charles H. Weeghman, who had built the steel-and-concrete ballpark for the Chicago Whales, but move Cubs to the new venue after the two teams were merged under his ownership when the Federal League team folded.

    1933 - Connie Mack sells catcher Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000. Cochrane is named manager. Nine days later Mack sells Lefty Grove, Max Bishop, and George Walberg to the Boston Red Sox for $125,000. George Earnshaw goes to the White Sox for $20,000 and another player.

    1956 - The Tigers once again trade pitcher Virgil Trucks along with Ned Garver, Gene Host, Wayne Belardi and $20,000 to the A's for Bill Harrington, Jack Crimian, Eddie Robinson and Jim Finigan. In 1952, Detroit sent their 11-year right-handed veteran, with Johnny Groth and Hal White, to the Browns for Owen Friend, Bob Nieman and Jay Porter.

    1960 - The Indians deal outfielder Harvey Kuenn to the Giants for flycatcher Willie Kirkland and pitcher Johnny Antonelli. The 1958 American League batting champ, who hit .308 in his one year with the Tribe, came to Cleveland in the trade at the beginning of the season which some fans believe started "the Curse of Rocky Colavito".

    1962 - On behalf of 300 retired major leaguers who had not been included in this year's increases, former Yankees shortstop Frank Crosetti and reserve catcher John Schulte, who played with five teams in his brief career, bring suit to prevent any increase in pension benefits that fails to include players from the past. J. Norman Lewis, their attorney, has indicated that many former stars have also contributed their names and/or money to support the action.

    1963 - The Braves trade catcher Del Crandell and hurlers Bob Shaw and Bob Hendley to the Giants in exchange for outfielder Felipe Alou, backstop Ed Bailey, and southpaw Billy Hoeft. After 40 years, Alou will return to San Francisco to become the club's manager.

    1968 - It is a busy day for the Cardinals on the trading block with the team making deals with the Red Sox and Padres. The Redbirds send infielder Dick Schofield to Boston in exchange for right-hander Gary Waslewski and also trade third baseman Ed Spiezio, outfielder Ron Davis, backstop Dan Breeden, and pitching prospect Phil Knuckles to San Diego for right-hander Dave Giusti.

    1968 - After the dominance of pitching last season, the major leagues adopt a series of rule changes with the hope of increasing the offensive output by the clubs. The MLB Rules Committee changes, which include decreasing the size of the strike zone and lowering the height of the pitcher's mound from 15 inches to 10 inches, will result in more run-scoring in both leagues during the upcoming campaign.

    1969 - The Mets trade outfielder Amos Otis to the Royals for third baseman Joe Foy. Otis will go on to have an outstanding 14-year career with Kansas City and will become a member of the team's hall of fame while Foy will play just one season in New York hitting a meager .236 in 99 games.

    1971 - The Cubs trade 25 year-old right-hander Jim Colborn, along with Brock Davis and Earl Stephenson, to the Brewers for outfielder Jose Cardenal. Chicago's newest outfielder will have a productive stay in the Windy City batting .296 during his six-year tenure with the team.

    1974 - The White Sox obtain a player to be named later and cash from the Braves in exchange for Richie Allen. The 'Wampum Walloper' refuses to report to Atlanta and announces his retirement, but will be coaxed to play again by the Phillies.

    1974 - In a six player deal, the Mets trade fan-favorite Tug 'Ya Gotta Believe' McGraw to the Phillies along with outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for outfielder Del Unser, pitcher Mac Scarce and catcher John Stearns.

    1990 - NL batting champion Willie McGee signs as a free agent with the Giants, ending his three-month stint across the bay with Oakland. He finished the season with the A's following a trade with the Cardinals, but McGee still qualified as the NL batting champion.

    1993 - The Phillies trade World Series goat, closer Mitch Williams, to the Astros for pitchers Doug Jones and Jeff Juden. The much-maglined closer, who posted a 20.25 ERA whlie losing 2 out 3 his Fall Classic appearances, will be best remembered for giving up Joe Carter's dramatic walk-off home run that clinched the World Championship for Toronto.

    2001 - Although Enron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation is current on its payments and plans to keep the company's name on the Astros' new ballpark. The downtown stadium will stay Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment according to team officials.

    2003 - Mike Lowell signs a four-year, $32 million deal with the Marlins. The All-Star third baseman's contract, however, reverts to a one-year deal with a player option for 2005 if the teams fail to secure financing for a new ballpark by November 1, 2004.

    2003 - Uncertain of re-signing Kevin Millwood, the Phillies trade righthanded reliever Carlos Silva, infielder Nick Punto, and a player to be named to the Twins for southpaw starter Eric Milton. The lefty, who missed most of last season after knee surgery, should join the starting rotation which will include Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla and Brett Myers.

    2005 - In an effort to replace Billy Wagner, who joined the Mets as a free agent earlier in the week, the Phillies sign right-hander Tom Gordon as the teamís closer. The 38-year-old former Yankee set up man agrees to a $18 million, three-year deal to hurl for City of Brotherly Love.

    2007 - The Nationals add another young outfield prospect with considerable potential, but a troubled past as the team acquires Elijah Dukes from the Rays in exchange for pitching prospect Glenn Gibson. Four days ago the team traded for Lastings Milledge, who had a tenuous tenure with the Mets.

    2007 - Dick Williams, who managed in Boston, Oakland, California, Montreal, San Diego and Seattle, is elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Along with Bill McKechnie, another Hall of Famer, the fiery skipper is the only other manager to appear in the World Series with three different teams (1967 Red Sox,1972-73 Aís, and 1984 Padres).

    2007 - Billy Southworth, who managed the Cardinals (1929, 1940-45) and the Braves (1946-51) is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. ĎBilly the Kidí compiled a managerial record of 1,044-704 (.597), including four World Series appearances and two World Championships during his 13 years in the dugout.

    2007 - Baseball pioneer Walter O'Malley is elected to the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee in the class of executives and managers. The Dodger owner was vilified in Brooklyn when he moved the beloved 'Bums' to LA after failing to reach a deal with city officials to keep the franchise in the borough.

    2007 - Barney Dreyfuss, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1900 until his death in 1932, is elected by Veterans Committee to the Hall of Fame. A German immigrant, who built Forbes Field, helped to establish the structure for the first modern World Series in 1903 and played a pivotal role in defusing the animosity which existed between the American and National Leagues.

    2008 - Reflecting the worldwide economic crisis, Rogers Communications, owner of the Blue Jays, announces plans of planned layoffs which includes employees from the teamís sales staff. A decline in advertising revenue is cited as the reason for the staffing cuts.

    2008 - After being declined salary arbitration by the Cubs earlier in the week, Bobby Howry agrees to $2.75M, one-year deal with the Giants. The right-handed reliever will be used as the clubís primary setup man.

    2008 - Dustin Pedroia agrees to a $40.5 million, six-year contract extension which could keep him in a Red Sox uniform through the 2014 season. The 25-year old second baseman, who earned only $457,000 last season, has already won the Rookie of the Year award, an MVP, a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger and a World championship in his first two years in the major leagues.

    2009 - Placido Polanco agrees to an $18 million, three-year deal with the Phillies, the club that traded him to Detroit in 2005 to make room for a rookie named Chase Utley. The 34-year-old Gold Glove second baseman will play third base filling the position vacated by Pedro Feliz, who became a free agent after Philadelphia did not pick up his $5.5 million option.

    2009 - The A's trade right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray, minor league prospects Matt Spencer and Ronny Morla to the Cubs in exchange for infielders Jake Fox and Aaron Miles along with cash considerations. With Fox added to their lineup, Oakland gets a much-needed power boost from the right side of the plate.

    2010 - Former White Sox and Cubs' third baseman Ron Santo dies in an Arizona hospital from complications of bladder cancer and diabetes. The 70-year old, considered one of the best players in Cubs history, rejoined the team in 1990 as the team's WGN radio announcer, enamoring his listeners with his devotion to the lovable losers and gaining their admiration for his failure to gain induction into the Hall of Fame.

    2010 - The White Sox trade Scott Linebrink and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Kyle Cofield.

    2010 - Free agent first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn signs a 4-year / $56 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.

    2011 - Hoping to fill the void created when Jose Molina left as a free-agent to join the Rays, the Blue Jays acquire veteran backstop Jeff Mathis from the Angels in exchange for left-hander Brad Mills. Mathis, known for his defensive skills and for his ability to work with young pitchers, will back up starting catcher J.P. Arencibia.

    2012 - At the Winter Meetings in Nashville, MLB announces former Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O'Day, and Deacon White, who made his debut in 1871 as a barehanded catcher, have been elected into the Hall of Fame by the pre-integration panel. The selection of the trio gives the Cooperstown shrine exactly 300 members, a number that will not change when the BBWAA does not select any players next month to be inducted during the ceremonies in July.

    2012 - The Texas Rangers signed Geovany Soto as a free agent.

    2013 - Brian McCann agrees to a five-year deal with the Yankees worth $85 million, the richest contract ever for a catcher acquired in free agency. The 29 year-old All-Star backstop spent his first nine years with the Braves, providing consistent offense and leadership for the very successful franchise.

    2014 - Nick Markakis (276, 14, 50) and the Braves agree on a four-year deal reportedly in the range of $45 million. The Orioles had declined the 31 year-old outfielder's $17.5 million mutual option for next season, making the two-time Gold Glover available as a free agent.

    2014 - The Original League field in Williamsport, the birth place of Little League Baseball, is placed on the National Register. The site is where the youth league's founder Carl E. Stotz used newspapers as bases to determine the appropriate size of an infield for children, a year prior to the organizationís first game in 1939.

    2014 - The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Clayton Richard as a free agent.

    2015 - The Atlanta Braves signed David Holmberg as a free agent.

    2015 - New Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro selects veteran Indians executive Ross Atkins for the teamís general manager position and executive vice-president of baseball operations. The 42 year-old North Carolina native, a close friend of Shapiro from working with him in Cleveland, becomes the seventh GM in franchise history.

    Baseball Birthdays on December 3...

    1853 - Manning, Tim
    1872 - Dolan, Cozy
    1873 - Shannon, Frank
    1878 - Gray, Dolly
    1878 - Dickson, Walt
    1886 - Crouch, Bill
    1886 - Drake, Delos
    1888 - Drucke, Louis
    1891 - Gilbert, Larry
    1901 - Tate, Bennie

    1902 - Spohrer, Al
    1912 - Wagner, Charlie
    1915 - Wensloff, Butch
    1918 - Cleary, Joe
    1919 - Iott, Hooks
    1922 - Collins, Joe
    1924 - Taylor, Fred
    1925 - Simpson, Harry

    1926 - Corwin, Al
    1931 - Harris, Bill
    1936 - Dalrymple, Clay
    1936 - Eilers, Dave
    1939 - Connolly, Ed
    1939 - Stillwell, Ron
    1940 - Salmon, Chico
    1942 - Pena, Jose
    1943 - Johnson, Jerry
    1945 - Huntz, Steve

    1945 - Marone, Lou
    1946 - Washburn, Greg
    1947 - Pirtle, Gerry
    1947 - Garrett, Wayne
    1951 - Currence, Lafayette
    1952 - Anderson, Larry

    1953 - Putnam, Pat
    1953 - Pate, Bob
    1956 - Bradley, Mark
    1958 - Martin, Mike
    1960 - Nelson, Gene

    1963 - Berryhill, Damon
    1964 - Carter, Jeff

    1964 - Carter, Steve
    1964 - Hamilton, Darryl
    1970 - Byrd, Paul
    1971 - Christman, Scott

    1973 - Ramsay, Robert
    1976 - Glover, Gary

    1977 - Durbin, Chad
    1978 - Childers, Matt
    1979 - Hulls, Eric
    1981 - Snelling, Chris
    1982 - Nelson, Brad
    1982 - Corpas, Manny
    1984 - Stoner, Tobi
    1987 - Oliver, Andy
    1990 - Chargois, J. T.
    1990 - Gonzalez, Miguel

    1990 - Reynolds, Matt
    1990 - Tauchman, Mike

    Baseball Deaths on December 3...

    1930 - Baumgartner, Harry
    1938 - Hecker, Guy
    1939 - Killen, Frank
    1940 - Burke, Joe
    1942 - Kimsey, Chad

    1943 - Grady, Mike
    1945 - Kay, Bill
    1948 - Bono, Gus
    1948 - Buckingham, Ed
    1949 - LePine, Pete
    1962 - Scott, George
    1963 - Pott, Nellie
    1969 - Wilson, Roy
    1974 - Twombly, Cy

    1976 - Townsend, Leo
    1977 - Bonness, Bill
    1986 - Moorhead, Bob
    1994 - Johnson, Earl
    1996 - Bateman, John
    1997 - Lombardi, Vic
    2000 - Nonnenkamp, Red
    2002 - Thesenga, Jug
    2003 - Difani, Jay
    2005 - Valdes, Roy
    2005 - Moford, Herb
    2006 - Klaus, Billy
    2006 - Oravetz, Ernie
    2010 - Santo, Ron






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