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The kids: What football game? I got to sit next to the Babe and The Iron Horse!!!
1920 Johnny Schmitz, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1946, 48; NL saves leader 1946), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
1939 Dave Giusti, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Seneca Falls, New York
1958 Mike Scioscia, American baseball player and manager (LA Dodgers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
1978 Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player
FROM MLB'S OTD1870 The New York Times dubs baseball "The National Game"
1941 Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP
1947 Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343, 32, 162) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP by one point when a writer from the Midwest leaves the Red Sox right-fielder off the ballot. The BBWAA also denied the 'Splendid Splinter' the award in 1942, another season in which he led the Junior Circuit in every major offensive category.
1950 Former Cleveland shortstop standout Lou Boudreau signs a two-year contract with the Red Sox for $150,000. The 33 year-old future Hall of Fame infielder will hit .267 playing full-time next season, becoming the team's player-manager in 1952, before managing full time from the bench for the following two seasons.
1953 Indian third baseman Al Rosen (.336, 43, 145) is selected the American League's MVP by an unprecedented unanimous vote when he is named first on all 24 ballots cast by the writers. The 28 year-old infielder, completing his fourth full season as a major leaguer, barely misses garnering the triple crown when Mickey Vernon tops him by one point for the best batting average in the circuit.
1953 Future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella (.312, 41, 142) is named the National League's MVP for the second time. The Dodger catcher also copped the prize in 1951 and will win the honor again in 1955, joining Stan Musial as the circuit's second three-time recipient of the award.
1956 En route to play winter ball for Valencia, Charlie Peete, his wife, and three small children are among the 25 fatalities when a Caracas-bound plane crashes into the side of a Venezuelan mountain during a severe thunderstorm. The 27 year-old outfielder, who won the American Association batting title by hitting .350 for Omaha, played in 23 games for the Cardinals last season and was likely to become the first black player to be a regular starter in the St. Louis lineup.
1956 After winning the MVP last week and the Rookie of the Year in 1949, Brooklyn starter Don Newcombe (27-7, 3.06) receives major league baseball's inaugural Cy Young Award, an honor given to just one hurler until 1967 when each league will name a winner of the prestigious pitching prize. The Dodgers' director of Community Affairs remains the only player in baseball history to have won all three major postseason awards.
1963 Gary Peters (19-8, 2.33) edges White Sox teammate third baseman Pete Ward (.295, 22, 84) and Twins' outfielder Jimmie Hall (.260, 33, 80) for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The 26 year-old left-handed fireballer, who struck out 189 batters in 243 innings, will become a 20-game winner for Chicago in his sophomore season.
1963 The A's and Orioles swap first basemen with Jim Gentile along with $25,000 going to Oakland in exchange for Norm Siebern. Each player will have a mediocre season with their new club, but Baltimore's new infielder plays for American League's All-Star team.
1967 The Mets complete the deal that brings Senator skipper Gil Hodges (321-444, .420), who still had a year left on his contract with Washington, to New York to become the team's fourth manager in the brief history of the five-year-old franchise. The Amazins' obtain the beloved former Dodger and original Met by sending 21 year-old right-hander Bill Denehy and $100,000 in reparations to the nation's capital.
1970 Carl Morton, who finished the season with an 18-11 record for the last-place Expos, wins the National League Rookie of the Year award. The 26 year-old Montreal right-hander receives 11 of the 24 first-place votes cast by the writers, with Bernie Carbo (8), Larry Bowa (3), Cesar Cedeno (1), and Wayne Simpson (1) also named on the BBWAA ballots.
1972 The Mets trade Tommie Agee to the Astros for right-handed prospect Buddy Harris and outfielder Rich Chiles, who will appear in only eight games for New York. The 1969 World Series hero, dealt by Houston to the Cardinals in August, will retire at the end of the season.
1972 The Indians trade third baseman Graig Nettles and catcher Gerry Moses to the Yankees for backstop John Ellis, infielder Jerry Kenney, along with outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres. Nettles will play a significant role on the Bronx Bombers' championship teams later in the decade, helping the club win three American League pennants and two World Series.
1974 Cardinals outfielder Bake McBride wins NL Rookie of Year
1978 "I'll never make the mistake of finishing second again" - SPARKY ANDERSON, commenting after being fired by the Reds.
Sparky Anderson, who compiled a career mark of 863-586 (.596) during his nine seasons with Reds, is unexpectedly fired by the team. Cincinnati GM Dick Wagner announces the future Hall of Fame skipper will be replaced by John McNamara, who has managed in Oakland and San Diego with mediocre results.
1985 Vince Coleman is selected by the BBWAA as the National League's Rookie of the Year. The Cardinals freshman outfielder, who stole 110 bases for the pennant-winning Redbirds, joins Frank Robinson, Orlando Cepeda, and Willie McCovey as only the fourth unanimous winner of the award.
1991 The Mets and Eddie Murray agree to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. The All-Star first baseman, who played the previous three seasons with the Dodgers, spent the first dozen years of his Hall of Fame career in Baltimore.
2001 The major league owners vote unanimously to extend baseball commissioner Bud Selig's contract through 2006. The former Brewers' owner, who had held the top spot on an interim basis since 1992, was given the title permanently midway through the 1998 season.
2007 The Brewers and Jason Kendall agree to a one-year contract that guarantees $4.25 million and includes a vesting option for 2009. The 33 year-old catcher, who split time with the A's and Cubs last season, replaces recently traded Johnny Estrada behind the plate.
1953 Sixto Lezcano, baseball player
1958 Dave Righetti, American baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants) and coach, born in San Jose, California
1960 Ken Howell, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2018)
1963 Walt Weiss, Tuxedo NY, shortstop (Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies)
1964 John Burkett, New Brighton PA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
1965 Matt Williams, American baseball infielder (5 x MLB All Star; NL home run leader 1994; NL RBI leader 1990; SF Giants) and manager (Washington Nationals), born in Bishop, California
1969 Pedro Astacio, Hato Mayor Dom Rep, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
1969 Robb Nen, San Pedro, California, American MLB pitcher (Florida Marlins)
1971 William Simas Jr, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Hanford, California
FROM MLB'S OTD1938 Monty Stratton, having compiled a 36-23 record (.610) during his five-year major league career, has his right leg amputated as the result of a hunting accident in Greenville, Texas. Jimmy Stewart plays the title role in The Stratton Story, a 1949 movie chronicling the White Sox hurler's attempted comeback.
1944 Hal Newhouser (29-9, 2.22, 187) edges his Tiger teammate Dizzy Trout (27-14, 2.12, 144) by four votes to be named the American League's MVP. The future Hall of Fame southpaw, who will also win the award next year, had posted only 34 victories in the past four seasons.
1950 After relieving GM Branch Rickey of his duties, Walter O'Malley names PCL Oakland manager Chuck Dressen to replace the fired 65 year-old Burt Shotton, who compiled a 326-215 (.603) record during his four-year tenure as the Dodgers skipper.
1955 Monte Irvin's tenure with the Giants ends when the former Negro League standout is claimed in the Rule V draft by the Cubs. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will retire after playing one season in Chicago, finishing his brief eight-year major league career with a .293 batting average.
1956 The Indians name Major Kerby Farrell as the team's new manager, replacing Al Lopez, who resigned on the last day of the season after finishing his six-year tenure with a franchise-best 570-354 (.617) record. The Tribe's 43 year-old new skipper led the AA Indianapolis Indians to the Junior World Series title, sweeping the Rochester Red Wings (Cardinals) in four games at the end of September.
1957 Warren Spahn of the Braves wins Cy Young Award
1958 The American League announces Opening Day will be on April 9th, the earliest date the Junior Circuit has ever started the regular season. After President Eisenhower throws out the ceremonial first pitch, the Senators will beat the Orioles, 9-2, in the traditional opener played in Washington D.C.'s Griffith Stadium.
1964 Twins freshman outfielder Tony Olivia, named on 19 of the 20 ballots cast by a special committee of the BBWAA, is overwhelmingly selected as the American League's Rookie of the Year, with the lone dissenting vote going to 19 year-old Oriole right-hander Wally Bunker (19-5, 2.69). The Cuban native from Pinar del Rio won the AL's batting crown with a .323 average while hitting 32 home runs and driving in 94 runs for the sixth-place club.
1964 The Phillies' slugging third baseman Dick Allen is chosen as the National League's Rookie of the Year, receiving 18 of the 20 votes cast by a select committee of the BBWAA. The 'Wampum Walloper' led the circuit in runs scored, triples, and total bases, batting .328, fifth-best in the league, with 29 homers and 91 RBIs.
1965 Future Red Sox owner Haywood Sullivan resigns as A's manager to become the Red Sox director of player personnel and vice president of the club. The Donalsonville, Georgia native is replaced by Alvin Dark, who will lead the club to a seventh-place finish in his only full season in Kansas City.
1972 In a seven-player blockbuster deal between crosstown rivals, the Dodgers trade Bobby Valentine, Billy Grabarkewitz, Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, and Mike Strahler to the Angels for Ken McMullen and Andy Messersmith. Both Singer (1973) and Messersmith (1974) will become 20-game winners for their new teams.
1974 After pleading guilty to making illegal contributions to the Re-elect Nixon campaign, and to a felony charge of obstruction of justice, Yankee owner George Steinbrenner is suspended from baseball for two years by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. The 'Boss' will have his suspension commuted to fifteen months, and in January of 1989, he will be pardoned by Ronald Reagan, just before the president ending his term of office.
1978 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years
1979 Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe, who compiled a 17-10 record on a losing Dodger team, is named on 20 of 24 writers' ballots to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Outfielders Jeffrey Leonard of the Astros and Scot Thompson of the Cubs garner the remaining four votes.
1988 Rich Gedman becomes the highest-paid catcher in the American League, signing a one-year contract with the Red Sox for $1.2 million. The Boston backstop, who will appear in only 93 games, bats a meager .212 in his last full season with the team.
1989 Rickey Henderson signs record $3,000,000 per year Oak A's contract
2000 Curtis Leskanic (9-3, 2.56, 12 saves) agrees to a $7.2 million, three-year incentive-laden contract with the Brewers, which can almost double based on his performance. After Milwaukee traded closer Bob Wickman to the Indians at the end of January, the 32 year-old closer converted 11 of 12 save chances.
2005 Agreeing to a deal that pays him the highest average salary for a reliever in baseball history, the Mets offer Phillies left-handed free-agent Billy Wagner a $43 million, four-year contract to close for the team. The 34 year-old 'Billy the Kid,' who led the N.L. in games finished with 70, will compile 101 saves in his three-plus seasons with New York.
2005 Closer B.J. Ryan, who saved 36 games last season for the Orioles, agrees to a $47 million, five-year deal with the Blue Jays. The thirty-year-old southpaw's contract calls for the largest sum of money ever given to a reliever.
2005 Due to the 15-year restriction, Pete Rose is no longer eligible for possible inclusion on the baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot. The all-time hits leader, who was banned from baseball for life in 1989 for allegedly gambling on the game, has not been listed previously because the Hall of Fame Board of Directors decreed that BBWAA couldn't consider anyone on the permanently ineligible list.
2006 Adam Kennedy ends his seven-year tenure with the Angels, signing a $10-million, three-year deal with the Cardinals. The former Redbird farmhand will reunite with David Eckstein, the second baseman's double-play partner during the 2002 World Series championship year in Anaheim.
2007 In a six-player trade, the Twins obtain outfielder Delmon Young, infielder Brendan Harris, and outfield prospect Jason Pridie from the Rays in exchange for right-handed starter Matt Garza, starting shortstop Jason Bartlett and pitching prospect Eduardo Morlan. The acquisition of the 22 year-old turbulent Tampa Bay outfielder, who was admonished by his manager Joe Maddon last season for not hustling, will help Minnesota fill the void created by free agent Torii Hunter's departure to the Angels.
2007 The White Sox sign free agent Scott Linebrink (5-6, 3.71) to a four-year, $19 million contract, which is considered by many to be a very lucrative deal for a middle-reliever. Chicago plans to use the former Padres/Brewers reliever in an eighth-inning set-up role to get to Bobby Jenks, their closer.
2011 Less than a week after obtaining the Astros from Drayton McLane, new owner Jim Crane fires GM Ed Wade and team president Tal Smith. In a statement issued by new team president and chief executive officer George Postolos, Dave Gottfried, Houston's assistant GM, has been asked to serve as the club's interim general manager.
2011 The Rays and veteran backstop Jose Molina agree to a one-year, $1.5-million contract that includes a club option for the same amount for the 2013 season. The 36 year-old catcher, known for his outstanding defensive skills, hit a career-best .281 last season with Toronto.
2014 In a blockbuster trade, the Blue Jays acquire Josh Donaldson from the A's in exchange for second baseman Brett Lawrie, pitching prospects Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin, as well as Franklin Barreto, a talented minor league infielder. The deal for the 28 year-old All-Star comes as a surprise because the Toronto third baseman was considered untouchable, in part for not being eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season.
Good hitter, way more power than you would think for his size, very fast, but a defensive liability.
Ken Brett (George's brother) had a no-hitter in the bottom of the 9th against the Angels. Orta was playing third base. They were looking for somewhere to play him. A routine grounder to third went "though the wickets" and the official scorer called it a hit.
Ken gave "the digit" to the press box.
I was at his first game in "The Show" and it was at Comiskey against the Tigers. I was sitting in the right field General Admission seats, but really close to the fence. IIRC it was his first at bat and the Tigers played him shallow and he drove the ball to the wall for a stand up double.
Al Kaline played him deeper the next time up.
Kind of surprising that Vida Blue didn't get it.
I will have to Google who did his rookie year.
1922 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago WS), born in Perico, Cuba (d. 2015)
1927 Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York
1960 Howard Johnson, American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Clearwater, Florida
1979 Francis Beltrán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
FROM MLB'S OTD1926 Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
1957 NY Mayor Robert Wagner forms a committee to replace Dodgers & Giants
1962 Baseball decides to revert back to 1 all star game per year
1964 The Red Sox trade first baseman Dick Stuart to the Phillies for left-hander Dennis Bennett, who stuns the team when he casually tells a Boston audience when speaking at a winter banquet that his sore arm might not be ready for Opening Day. Although the Phillies make an offer to nix the trade, the Red Sox, happy to be free from Dr. Strangeglove because of his inept fielding and inability to get along with the respected and likable Boston manager Johnny Pesky, make no effort to nullify the deal.
1965 The Yankees trade Phil Linz to the Phillies for infielder Ruben Amaro. Over the next three seasons, the 26 year-old utility player, who became infamous for playing his harmonica on the team bus last season, will appear in only 165 games, retiring after spending just seven years in the major leagues.
1966 The Dodgers trade Derrell Griffith and two-time batting champ Tommy Davis, who missed most of 1965 after severely breaking his ankle, to the Mets for Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman, who leaves New York the franchise's all-time home run leader with 60 round-trippers. The injured outfielder continues his hitting prowess, following a solid comeback season in LA with a very productive one-year stay in New York, leading the team in almost every offensive category.
1966 The Yankee trade veteran third baseman Clete Boyer to the Braves for outfielder Bill Robinson and right-hander Chi-Chi Olivo. Atlanta's new 29 year-old infielder, obtained to fill the void created by Eddie Matthew's departure to Houston, will have a very productive year, hitting a career-high 26 home runs and driving in 96 runs for the seventh-place club.
1971 The Giants trade Gaylord Perry to the Indians in exchange for All-Star pitcher "Sudden" Sam McDowell. The former San Francisco right-hander will finish his Hall of Fame career with 314 victories, and 'Sudden Sam,' due to personal reasons, will post an 8-17 record for three different teams before retiring after the 1975 season.
1971 In a winter meeting trade now considered one of the worst in baseball history, the Astros deal nine-year veteran second baseman Joe Morgan, along with Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, Cesar Geronimo, and Denis Menke to the Reds for Tommy Helms, Lee May, and Jimmy Stewart. Cincinnati gains a regular center fielder and a top-of a rotation starter because Houston skipper Harry Walker, not known for his tolerance, labeled the 29 year-old future Hall of Famer middle infielder a troublemaker.
1971 After being swept in the ALCS by the Orioles, the A's bolster their rotation, adding starting Ken Holtzman from the Cubs in exchange for center fielder Rick Monday. The 26 year-old southpaw, who recorded only nine wins with the Cubs last season, rebounds with a 19-11 record and becomes a mainstay in Oakland's rotation behind Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter.
1976 After listening to offers from the Expos and Orioles, Baltimore free agent Reggie Jackson agrees to a five-year, $3.5 million deal to play for the Yankees, a team that many had argued against signing him. During Mr. October's turbulent tenure in the Big Apple, the Bronx Bombers will win four divisions, three pennants, and two World Series.
1992 Marge Schott, in a New York Times article, tries to explain her recent insensitive remarks by stating her reference that Adolph Hitler was initially good for Germany was in jest and that she didn't understand why the word "Jap" was offensive. MLB will appoint a four-person panel to investigate the Reds owner's comments and eventually suspend her inappropriate remarks.
1995 Charley Smith, the player traded to the Yankees from the Cardinals for Roger Maris in 1967, dies at the age of 57 in Reno, Nevada. In 1965, the third baseman was dealt to the Redbirds by the Mets, along with southpaw Al Jackson, to obtain Ken Boyer.
2007 HBO Films announces its plan to make a movie out of "Game of Shadows," the book about Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use and the federal government's subsequent investigation. The authors, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Lance William and Mark Fainaru-Wada, based much of their content on leaked secret grand jury testimony
2007 With fan favorites Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels modeling the team's new 'old' look, the Phillies unveil their alternate home uniform, to be worn during all home day games next season. The outfits, which do not feature the familiar red pinstripes, are styled similarly to the one the club wore in the 1940s.
2010 The Rangers sign free agent Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year deal worth $6.25 million. The acquisition of the veteran catcher, slated to be the team's starting backstop, fills the potential void created by the possible retirement of Bengie Molina.
2011 The Royals have agreed to a one-year contract with right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton. The former Dodgers closer, who missed most of last season due to bone spurs in his pitching elbow, will be used out of the bullpen in a setup role for last-inning specialist Joakim Soria.