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Today in Baseball History – March 24

March 24, 1911

Helene Hathaway Britton becomes the first woman to own a franchise when her uncle Matthew Stanley Robison dies unexpectedly. Robison lef the team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to his niece. She will go on to own the team from 1911 to 1916.

March 24, 1982

Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training.

Valenzuela was holding out for more money after making just $42,500 in 1981 when he won the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award. He will make a reported $360,000 in 1982 after asking for $1 million.

He will end 1982 with a 19-13 record and an ERA of 2.87. He pitches 285.0 innings with 18 complete games and four shutouts. He will finish third in the Cy Young voting as well.

Born on this day:

1893 George Sisler

1942 Jesus Alou

1956 Garry Templeton

1958 Bruce Hurst

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Today in Baseball History – March 23

March 23, 1962

William DeWitt purchases the Reds for $4.625 million. DeWitt made a trade immortalized in the 1988 movie Bull Durham when Susan Sarandon’s character says, “Bad trades are a part of baseball; I mean who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake?” DeWitt traded Robinson to the Orioles claiming he was old at age 30. In his first year Robinson would win the Triple Crown and be named AL MVP.

Born on this day:

1979 Mark Buehrle

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Today in Baseball History – March 22

March 22, 1972

The New York Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Sparky Lyle.

The Yankees got the better end of this deal as Lyle went on to post a record of 57-40 and save 141 games over the next seven years with the Yankees. In addition, he won the 1972 Fireman of the Year Award and the 1977 Cy Young Award.

Cater played just three seasons for the Red Sox never playing more than 92 games in a season.

March 22, 1993

In a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida, Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews die. Olin died instantly and Crews died of his injuries the next day. Also in the accident was teammate Bob Ojeda who was seriously injured but able to recover and return to the mound later that season.

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Today in Baseball History – March 21

March 21, 1978

The San Diego Padres fire manager Al Dark. He becomes just the second manager (Phil Cavarretta – 1954 Cubs) to be fired during spring training. Dark took over the Padres midway through the 1977 season when they would finish fifth place. The team was 48-65 (.425) under Dark during 1977.

He would be replaced by pitching coach Roger Craig who would lead the Padres for the next two seasons.

Born on this day:

1939 Tommy Davis

1944 Manny Sanguillen

1963 Shawon Dunston

Died on this day:

1975 Joe Medwick

1988 Edd Roush

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Today in Baseball History – March 20

March 20, 1973

In a special election by the BBWAA, Roberto Clemente earns entry into the Hall of Fame. The Board of Directors at the Hall waive the five-year wait rule for Clemente who died in a plane crash bringing relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.

March 20, 1989

The commissioner’s office announces that Pete Rose is under investigation for serious charges.

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Today in Baseball History – March 19

March 19, 1960

Sammy White, catcher for the Boston Red Sox, announces he would rather retire than report to where he has been traded to, Cleveland.

March 19, 1984

Denny McLain is indicted on various charges including cocaine possession, extortion, racketeering, and loan-sharking.

Born on this day:

1871 Joe McGinnity

1927 Richie Ashburn

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Today in Baseball History – March 18

March 18, 1953

The Milwaukee Braves become the first team since 1903 (Baltimore to New York) to shift. The Braves make the move from Boston after being there for 77 years. The Braves move to the Western Division replacing the Pittsburgh Pirates for scheduling purposes.

The Braves would spend 13 seasons in Milwaukee before moving onto Atlanta.

Born on this day:

1916 Hi Bithorn

Died on this day:

1984 Charlie Lau

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College: Vanderbilt – Arkansas Game Provides Wild Play at the Plate

One of the best plays at the plate happened this past weekend when the Vanderbilt Commodores faced off with the Arkansas Razorbacks at home.

During the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday and the game tied at seven in the bottom of the tenth inning, Vanderbilt’s Ro Coleman was at third with one out. Zander Weil sent a fly ball down the right field line setting up the play at the plate that has everyone talking.

Take a look:

 

Vanderbilt would go on to win 8-7 in 12 innings.

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Groups Unveiled for the U12 Baseball World Cup

The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the groups for the upcoming U12 Baseball World Cup to take place in Taiwan later this summer. Twelve teams will compete for the title that the US will defend after winning the 2013 edition of the tournament in Taiwan.

The top four nations will compete in the event with the top two, Japan and the USA, competing in the same group for the first stage.

Group A
1. Cuba (World No. 3)
2. Chinese Taipei (No. 4)
3. South Korea (No. 8)
4. Venezuela (No. 10)
5. Brazil (No. 15)
6. Russia (No. 32)

Group B
1. Japan (No. 1)
2. USA (No. 2; Defending U12 World Champions)
3. Mexico (No. 12)
4. Australia (No. 14)
5. Nicaragua (No. 16)
6. France (No. 27)

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Today in Baseball History – March 17

March 17, 1871

The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players is founding setting the stage for the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs or the National League.

Several of the NAPBBP teams would eventually make their way into the N.L. including the Boston Red Stockings which would eventually turn into the Atlanta Braves.

March 17, 1978

For the St. Patrick’s Day exhibition game, the Cincinnati Reds wear green uniforms rather than the traditional red. This starts an annual tradition and other teams soon follow suit.

Born on this day:

1944 Cito Gaston

1959 Danny Ainge

1965 John Smiley

1971 Bill Mueller

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Today in Baseball History – March 16

March 16, 1994

Former San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show is found dead of an overdose at age 37.

Show won 100 games with San Diego but might be better known for giving up Pete Rose‘s record-breaking 4,192nd hit.

Born on this day:

1906 Lloyd Waner

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Today in Baseball History – March 15

March 15, 1978

The Oakland A’s trade 1971 Cy Young Award winner Vida Blue to the San Francisco Giants. In return the A’s receive seven players in return along with $300,000.

Blue would go on to win 54 games for the Giants over the next four seasons including 18 in 1978. The A’s got nobody back in return that turned out to be a long term contributor to the club.

Born on this day:

1946 Bobby Bonds

1955 Mickey Hatcher

1959 Harold Baines

1974 Robert Fick

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Today in Baseball History – March 14

March 14, 1956

Satchel Paige signs with the Birmingham Black Barons to both play and coach. He is 50 years old.

Born on this day:

1961 Kirby Puckett

1965 Kevin Brown

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Today in Baseball History – March 13

March 13, 1954

The Milwaukee Brewers newly acquired left fielder Bobby Thompson breaks his ankle sliding into third base in an exhibition game. This paves the way for a young Hank Aaron to start in the outfield.

Aaron would play 122 games in 154 hitting 13 home runs.

Born on this day:

1963 Mariano Duncan

1964 Will Clark

1979 Johan Santana

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Today in Baseball History – March 12

March 12, 1903

The New York Highlanders are officially approved as members of the American League. The Highlanders move to New York from Baltimore and eventually becomes the Yankees.

March 12, 1951

Commissioner Happy Chandler’s contract was set to expire in April 1952. After repeatedly asking to have it extended, the owners voted 9-7 to keep him in office. Unfortunately, the nine votes for Chandler were not enough to reach the required three-fourths majority.

Upset at the failure to extend his contract, Chandler resigns effective July 15, 1951.

Born on this day:

1956 Dale Murphy

1962 Darryl Strawberry

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Today in Baseball History – March 10

March 10, 1959

Bill Veeck leads a group that pays $2.7 million for 54% of the Chicago White Sox purchasing it from Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, who is the granddaughter of Charles Comiskey.

This ends a 60-year period of White Sox control by the Comiskey family which saw two World Series titles, a huge scandal, and five A.L. Pennants.

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Today in Baseball History – March 9

March 9, 1946

Ted Williams turns down an offer of $500,000 to play in Mexico. Instead, he wins the first of his two A.L. MVPs batting .342 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI.

That year he led the league in runs, walks, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. It was his first season back after three years of military service.

Born on this day:

1893 Lefty Williams

1942 Bert Campaneris

1965 Benito Santiago

 

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Polish Baseball T-shirt Fundraiser – Please Support

The Polish National Baseball Team is looking for help to raise money for the upcoming European Championship Qualifier in Vienna, Austria later this summer. So they are doing a fundraiser.

For just $20, you can have one of these nice red Polish baseball t-shirts.

All of the proceeds help go toward paying for the trip for the team, which is not a cheap endeavor.

I just purchased one for myself and hope you will do the same. It is a good cause and we never want to see money be the reason a team in Europe cannot make it to a major tournament.

You can donate and get a shirt by clicking on the link below.

Click here to help support Polish Baseball

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Global Baseball Match: Europe Reveals Starting Lineup #EURvsJPN

TOKYO, Japan – The All-Euro team announced its starting lineup for the first game of the Global Baseball Match against Japan. The game will take place later today in the Tokyo Dome.

The starting ten (with DH) will feature players from only three countries: Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Europe manager Steve Janssen revealed the lineup via Twitter:

 

1. Juan Carlos Infante 3B (Italy)
2. Alessandro Vaglio 2B (Italy)
3. Curt Smith 1B (Netherlands)
4. Fernando Martinez RF (Spain)
5. Kaliam Sams LF (Netherlands)
6. Yurendell De Caster DH (Netherlands)
7. Oscar Angelo SS (Spain)
8. Ricardo Daschenko C (Netherlands)
9. Stefano Desimoni CF (Italy)
Rob Cordemans P (Netherlands)

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Global Baseball Match: Rob Cordemans Named Europe Starter for Game 1

TOKYO, Japan – It is only a few hours away from the big event of Europe versus Japan in the first ever Global Baseball Match.

Not long ago Europe manager Steven Janssen announced that his starting pitcher for Game 1 will be Dutch right-hander Rob Cordemans.

Rob has been a fixture on the Dutch National Team for years and has been a top European pitcher for the past ten years or more. He will be up against a stout Samurai Japan team.

The All-Euro team is behind the Japanese team in terms of training so far this year. Weather forced the European team’s warm up game. They have been forced to rely mainly on training indoors with a few outside practices. While Japan has already played a few spring games.

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Colombia Wins Gold, Peru Bronze at South American Championships

CUIABÁ, Brazil – No. 46 Peru claimed the bronze medal at the 13th South American Championships by defeating No. 29 Argentina 6-2.

This was a big win for the program and helped avenge an earlier round loss. In the opening round, Argentina defeated Peru 23-2. Argentina was the three-time defending champs of the event.

In the gold medal game, No. 19 Colombia defeated No. 15 Brazil to claim the championship. With the win Colombia earned the last spot in the 2015 Pan-American Games to be held in Toronto later this year.

With a 6-4 win, Colombia finished the tournament with an undefeated 6-0 record.

Photo courtesy IBAF.org

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Today in Baseball History – March 8

March 8, 1913

The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs was organized with John T. Powers as its president.

The Federal League operated as a “third major league” in 1914 and 1915 challenging the established National League and American League.  It was the last league to compete with the N.L. and A.L. to actually make it to the field.

The National and American Leagues interference caused the league to go under after the 1915 season, but it had a lasting impression on baseball in America.

The Federal League sued the National League in federal court. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court where it ruled that the Sherman Antitrust Act didn’t apply to Major League Baseball. MLB has enjoyed that antitrust exemption ever since.

The other lasting legacy left from the Federal League is Wrigley Field. It was originally built for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League. It was called Weeghman Park at the time.

Born on this day:

1939 Jim Bouton

1942 Dick Allen

1953 Jim Rice

Died on this day:

1999 Joe DiMaggio

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Today in Baseball History – March 7

March 7, 1923

Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis receives an appeal from the New England American Legion to stop playing morning games on Memorial Day. The request is denied.

Born on this day:

1951 Jeff Burroughs

1960 Joe Carter

1968 Jeff Kent

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Global Baseball Match: Japan Announces Starting Pitchers; Europe Announces Schedule

The Global Baseball Match between the Samurai Japan and the All-Euro team is approaching quickly. The two teams will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome for a pair of games.

Team Europe arrived in Japan yesterday and has announced its schedule. And there is news coming out now from the Japan squad as well as they have announced their starting pitchers for the two games.

Starting in Game 1 will be Daichi Osera of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Osera, a 23-year old right hander, won the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award this past season posting a 10-8 record with a 4.05 ERA.

Pitching Game 2 will be the Orix Buffaloes Takahiro Matsuba. He went 8-1 in 2014 in 21 starts. He posted an ERA of just 2.77 in his second year in the league.

Schedule courtesy IBAF.org

Friday, 6 March: Visit To Fukushima – Four Years Later

Following the team workout session Friday, members of Team Europe will visit the Fukushima region that was devastated on 11 March 2011. The area is still in the process of recovery from the disaster, and the visit is intended to pay tribute and raise awareness of the region’s ongoing recovery efforts.

Saturday, 7 March: Baseball Clinic with School Children

School children will join the team and have the opportunity to play ball and engage with the European players in a one-hour session after Europe’s official team practice.

Sunday, 8 March: Test match vs. Yomiuri Giants minor league team

On Sunday, Team Europe will play a friendly match versus the minor league affiliate of the Yomiuri Giants. Europe’s coaching staff will get its first opportunity to evaluate the team and get in some ‘live’ game experience.

Monday, 9 March: Practice Session And Press Conference

Team Europe’s final workout will take place at QVC Stadium.

Representatives from both Samurai Japan and Team Europe will attend a press conference at QVC Stadium. The time of the press conference is scheduled for 13:00 – 13:30local time. 

Tuesday, 10 March: Europe vs Japan Game 1 – 18:00

Europe will make its debut on the international stage as the visiting team, wearing their road grey jersey.

Photo shoots for both Europe and Japan will also be organized at the Tokyo Dome prior to pre-game batting practice.

Wednesday, 11 March: Europe vs Japan Game 2 – 18:00

Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.

Broadcast Coverage

Both games of the historic Europe vs Japan Series will be broadcast ‘live’ in Europe via Eurosport 2, in addition to national coverage in Japan.

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