February 15, 1916
The New York Yankees purchase “Home Run” Frank Baker from the Philadelphia Athletics for $37,500.
Baker sat out the 1915 season after a contract dispute with Connie Mack. He won four consecutive home run titles from 1911 to 1914 and was considered the best pre-war era third baseman.
He went on to be named to the Hall of Fame in 1955.
February 15, 1990
The owners refuse to open spring training camps without a new Basic Agreement with the Player’s Association. The lockout wiped out all of spring training lasting 32 days.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.