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Today in Baseball History – January 25th


January 25, 1974

Ray Kroc, businessman and founder of McDonald’s Corporation, bought the San Diego Padres for a reported $12 million. Kroc owned the team until his death in 1984.

January 25, 1978

The San Diego Padres traded Dave Tomlin and cash to the Texas Rangers for pitcher Gaylord Perry. Perry, then 40, had pitched 3 solid years in Texas, but would win 21 games for the Padres and win the NL Cy Young Award. Tomlin would never pitch for Texas as he was sold to Cincinnati before the 1978 season.

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Today in Baseball History – January 24th


January 24, 1939

George Sisler, Willie Keeler, and Eddie Collins are elected to the Hall of Fame.

George Sisler played 15 seasons, mostly with the St. Louis Browns. In 1920, he set the record for hits in a season with 257 which stood until 2004. He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .340 and 2,812 hits. He won 2 batting titles (1920, 1922) and won the 1922 AL MVP. During the 1922 season he has a 41-game hitting streak.

“Wee Willie” Keeler was an outfielder who played around the turn of the century. He finished his career with a .341 batting average and 2,932 hits. He had 8 200+ hit seasons and won 2 batting titles. He is famous for his advice to other hitters – “Keep your eye clear, and hit ‘em where they ain’t.”

Eddie Collins finished his career with 3,315 hits. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago White Sox. He won 4 World Series titles (3 with Philly and 1 with Chicago), he was the 1914 AL MVP, and is 10th on the all-time hit list.

Born on this day:

1964 Rob Dibble

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Today in Baseball History – January 23rd


January 23, 1950

The Associated Press chooses the 1914 Miracle Boston Braves as the greatest sports upset of the 20th century. At one point the Braves were 16 games under .500 (12-28). However, even with the dreadful start, the Braves steamrolled through the later part of the schedule to outdistance the Giants by more than 10 games. They finished the season on a tear with a record of 68-19 after July 4th. They would go on to sweep the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.

January 23, 1975

In his final year of eligibility, Ralph Kiner is elected to the Hall of Fame. He received a single vote more than the minimum to receive the call. Kiner hit 369 home runs over his injury shortened 10-year career. During that time he led the NL in home runs 7 times and was a 6-time All-Star selection.

January 23, 1979

The BBWAA elects Willie Mays to the Hall of Fame. Mays garnered 409 of 432 votes (94.7%). The 24-time All-Star hit 660 home runs over the course of his career. He won a World Series title in 1954, was a 2-time MVP (1954, 1965), was the 1951 NL ROY, and was named to MLB’s All-Century Team in 1999.

Born on this day:

1970 Mark Wohlers

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Today in Baseball History – January 22nd


January 22, 1929

The New York Yankees announce they will put numbers on the back of their uniforms. The numbers were based on the batting order. All AL teams will use them by 1931 and all NL teams by 1933.

January 22, 1982

Reggie Jackson signs a free agent contract with the California Angels for nearly $1 million a year ending his run with the New York Yankees where he played the previous 5 seasons. Jackson would have a huge year in 1982 hitting 39 home runs and driving in 101.

Died on this day:

2001 Tommie Agee

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Today in Baseball History – January 21st


January 21, 1953

In his first year of eligibility, Joe DiMaggio is not elected into the Hall of Fame. Instead Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are elected.

Dizzy Dean was best known for leading the St. Louis Cardinals “Gashouse Gang” in 1934 to a World Series title. That year he went 30-7 with 25 complete games including 7 shutouts. Dean would win the NL MVP that year.

Dean’s career would be shortened due to injury. He was hit by a line drive in his toe, breaking it. Coming back too soon he tried to change his motion in order to not land too hard on his toe. This wound up hurting his arm and he lost his fastball.

Dean won 150 games during his career and has his #17 retired by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Al Simmons played for two decades for 7 different teams hitting 307 home runs. He was a 3-time All-Star and won 2 World Series titles with Connie Mack‘s Philadelphia Athletics.

Born on this day:

1946 Johnny Oates

1969 Rusty Greer

1979 Byung-Hyun Kim

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Today in Baseball History – January 20th


January 20, 1871

The Boston Red Stockings are born establishing the oldest continuously playing team in American professional sports. The team would eventually become today’s Atlanta Braves.

January 20, 1966

The BBWAA elects Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. He is the last player to hit .400 in a season (.406 in 1941) and hit 521 home runs for the Boston Red Sox over his 22-year career. He was also a 19-time All-Star, won the AL MVP twice (1946, 1949), won 6 batting titles, and was the triple crown winner twice.

In 1999, he was named to MLB’s All-Century Team and is considered one of the greatest hitters of all-time.

Born on this day:

1964 Ozzie Guillen

1975 David Eckstein

Died on this day:

1997 Curt Flood

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Today in Baseball History – January 19th


January 19, 1934

Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Shoeless Joe Jackson‘s appeal to be reinstated after being banned as part of the 1919 White Sox team that threw the World Series.

To this day he is still on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list and thus not eligible for the Hall of Fame.

January 19, 1977

The BBWAA elects Ernie “Mr. Cub” Banks to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Banks hit 512 home runs in his 19-year career with the Chicago Cubs. He was a 14-time All-Star, won a Gold Glove in 1960, and was a 2-time NL MVP (1958, 1959).

He had his #14 retired by the Cubs and was named to MLB’s All-Century Team in 1999.

Born on this day:

1962 Chris Sabo

1971 Phil Nevin

Died on this day:

2013 Stan Musial

2013 Earl Weaver

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Today in Baseball History – January 18th


January 18, 1947

The Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Greenberg would play one final season for the Pirates hitting 25 home runs and leading the league in walks with 104. He became the first player to hit 25 home runs in both leagues.

He would help and up and coming young star in Ralph Kiner who would hit 51 home runs in 1947 to lead the league.

Born on this day:

1938 Curt Flood

1972 Mike Lieberthal

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Today in Baseball History – January 17th


January 17, 1970

Willie Mays is named the 1960s Player of the Decade by The Sporting News.

During the decade, Mays hit 350 home runs four times hitting more than 40 with a high of 52 in 1965. He was the 1965 NL MVP. He was also a 10-time All-Star and 9-time Gold Glove winner during the decade.

Born on this day:

1931 Don Zimmer

1960 Chili Davis

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Today in Baseball History – January 16th


January 16, 1970

Curt Flood, outfielder with Philadelphia, files a a civil lawsuit challenging the game’s reserve clause. Flood was traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia, but he would not report because he said the rules of the game violated federal antitrust laws.

Flood’s case ultimately went to the Supreme Court where they ruled for Major League Baseball.

However, even though Flood ultimately lost his case, it triggered big changes in the game. In 1970, the baseball owners and the player’s association agreed to the 10/5 rule. A player with 10 years of service, the last 5 with the same team, can veto any trade.

Born on this day:

1957 Steve Balboni

1966 Jack McDowell

1980 Albert Pujols

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Today in Baseball History – January 15th


January 15, 1942

President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives the go ahead for baseball to play despite World War II. He encourages more night games to be played so more workers can attend games. The Chicago Cubs scrap their plans for adding lights due to the materials needed for the war effort. There wouldn’t be night games at Wrigley Field for another 46 years.

January 15, 1981

Bob Gibson is elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He pitched 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals winning 251 games. He was a 9-time All-Star, won 2 World Series (1964, 1967), the 1968 NL MVP, and won 2 Cy Young Awards (1968, 1970). He threw a no-hitter on August 14, 1971 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Born on this day:

1943 Mike Marshall

1969 Delino DeShields

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Today in Baseball History – January 14th


January 14, 1940

Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis grants free agency to 91 Detroit players. Due to covering up the movement of players within the organization, the players receive freedom including future Major Leaguer Johnny Sain.

Sain would go on to be part of the duo that would inspire a poem in the Boston Post in 1948.

First we’ll use Spahn
then we’ll use Sain
Then an off day
followed by rain
Back will come Spahn
followed by Sain
And followed
we hope
by two days of rain.

The poem was eventually condensed by the media to “Spahn, Sain, and Pray for Rain”.

January 14, 1976

Ted Turner completes his purchase of 100% of the Atlanta Braves.

 

 

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Today in Baseball History – January 13th


January 13, 1922

One of the Black Sox banned for the 1919 World Series Buck Weaver is unsuccessful in his attempt to be reinstated. He would try a total of six times until his death in 1956.

January 13, 1939

New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert dies leaving behind an estate of over $6 million (more than $100 million in today’s dollars). His heirs would wind up mismanaging his funds and selling the Yankees in 1945.

Born on this day:

1950 Bob Forsch

 

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Today in Baseball History – January 12th


January 12, 1983

Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame.

Brooks Robinson played his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. He was a 18-time All-Star, won 2 World Series (1966, 1970), was the 1964 AL MVP, and set the standard for defense at third base by winning 16 Gold Glove Awards.

Juan Marichal won 243 games, mostly with the San Francisco Giants. He won more games in the 1960’s than any other pitcher. He was a 10-time All-Star and was the 1965 All-Star MVP. On June 15, 1963, Marichal pitched a no-hitter against the Houston Colt .45s.

January 12, 1994

Steve Carlton is elected to the Hall of Fame. Carlton was one of the most dominant pitchers of his time winning 329 games for 6 different teams. He was a 10-time All-Star, won 2 World Series (1967, 1980), and was the first pitcher to win 4 Cy Young Awards (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982). In 1972, he had one of the most remarkable seasons winning 46% of his teams games when he won 27 games for the 59-97 Phillies who finished in last place.

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Today in Baseball History – January 11th


January 11, 1915

The New York Yankees are sold to Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L´Hommedieu Huston. Ruppert inherited a brewing company and prior to purchasing the Yankees tried to buy the Giants. He was offered the Chicago Cubs but felt Chicago was too far from his home in New York.

Ruppert went on to purchase Babe Ruth and build Yankee Stadium. He was also elected into the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee and will be inducted in July 2013.

Born on this day:

1910 Schoolboy Rowe

1959 Lloyd McClendon

Died on this day:

1965 Wally Pipp

2000 Bob Lemon

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Today in Baseball History – January 10th


January 10, 1984

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

Harmon Killebrew was one of the most feared power hitters of the 1960’s clubbing a total of 573 home runs over his 22-year career. He was a 13-time All-Star, and won the 1969 AL MVP when he hit 49 home runs and drove in 140 runs for the Minnesota Twins.

Don Drysdale was a dominant starting pitcher during the 1960’s for the Los Angeles Dodgers winning 209 games. He was a 9-time All-Star and won the 1962 Cy Young Award posting a record of 25-9. He helped the Dodgers win 3 World Series Championships in 1959, 1963, and 1965.

Luis Aparicio played shortstop in the Major Leagues for 18 seasons with four different teams. He was a 13-time All-Star, 9-time Gold Glove winner, was the 1956 AL ROY, and won the World Series in 1966 with the Baltimore Orioles.

Born on this day:

1938 Willie McCovey

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Today in Baseball History – January 9th


January 9, 1903

The AL’s Baltimore franchise is purchased by Frank Ferrell and William Devery. They will move the franchise to New York and become the highlanders and later the Yankees.

January 9, 1989

Johnny Bench and Carl Yaztrzemski are elected to the Hall of Fame on their first year of eligibility.

Johnny Bench was a 14 time All-Star, won back-to-back World Series in 1975-1976, was the 1968 NL ROY, and was a two time NL MVP in 1970 and 1972. He set the standard for catchers going forward winning 10 Gold Gloves and hitting 348 home runs.

Carl Yastrzemski played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. He was an 18-time All-Star, won 7 Gold Gloves, and winning the 1967 AL MVP after winning the triple crown.

Born on this day:

1959 Otis Nixon

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Today in Baseball History – January 8th


January 8, 1981

The Cincinnati Reds become the last team to sign a player through free agency after signing Larry Bittner. Free agency began in 1976. Bittner would spend two seasons with the Reds getting less than 200 at bats each season.

January 8, 1986

Willie McCovey becomes the 16th player to be elected to the Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility. McCovey hit 521 home runs in his career. He was the 1959 NL ROY, a 6 time all-star, won the 1969 NL MVP, and had his #44 retired by the San Francisco Giants.

January 8, 1995

Three time NL MVP Mike Schmidt was elected to the Hall of Fame. In his career, Schmidt hit 548 home runs, was a 12 time all-star, led the NL in home runs 8 times, and was the 1980 World Series MVP leading his Phillies to the championship.

Born on this day:

1953 Bruce Sutter

1971 Jason Giambi

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Today in Baseball History – January 7th


January 7, 1985

Lou Brock and Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame. At the time, Lou Brock was the all-time leader in stolen bases with 938. He would be past by Rickey Henderson but still holds the NL record.

Hoyt Wilhelm, best known for his knuckleball, was the first pitcher to save 200 games. He still holds the record for most wins by a relief pitcher with 124.

January 7, 1992

Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers are elected to the Hall of Fame. Seaver won 311 games over 20 years, was a 12 time All-Star, 1967 ROY, World Series champion (1969), and a 3 time NL Cy Young Award winner. He tossed a no-hitter in 1978 and had his #41 retired by the New York Mets.

Rollie Fingers was a 7 time All-Star, 3 time World Series champion, and won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year 4 times (AL – 1981 & NL – 1977, 1978, 1980). In 1981 with the Milwaukee Brewers, Fingers won not only the AL Cy Young Award but also the AL MVP. He finished his career with 341 saves, at the time a record, and revolutionized the role of a relief pitcher.

Born on this day:

1913 Johnny Mize

1942 Jim Lefebvre

1945 Tony Conigliaro

1976 Eric Gagne

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Today in Baseball History – January 6th


January 6, 1964

Charlie Finley agrees to a two-year deal to move the A’s from Kansas City to Louisville, pending league approval. The league denied his request and the team would stay in Kansas City through the 1967 season.

The team never made the playoffs while in Kansas City. It never even had a winning season. It’s best finish was in 1955 when it finished 6th in the AL.

Four years after the move to Oakland, the A’s would make the playoffs again but lose to Baltimore in the ALCS. However, they would go on to win 3 straight World Series titles from 1972-1974.

Born on this day:

1920 Early Wynn

1926 Ralph Branca

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Today in Baseball History – January 5th


January 5, 1957

Jackie Robinson retires rather than play for the Giants to whom he was traded over the winter. The ’57 season was the Giants’ and Dodgers’ last in New York.

Robinson would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.

January 5, 1993

“Mr. October” Reggie Jackson is elected to the Hall of Fame receiving 93.6% of the vote. He hit 563 home runs which ranks 13th off all-time (it was 7th when he retired in 1987). In his career, Jackson won 5 World Series titles, the 1973 AL MVP, was a 14 time All-Star, and had his number retired with two teams (Oakland #9 and New York #44).

January 5, 1998

Don Sutton was elected to the Hall of Fame. Sutton won 324 games for 5 different teams. He was a 4 time All-Star and had his #20 retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Born on this day:

1948 Charlie Hough

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Today in Baseball History – January 4th


January 4, 1942

Rogers Hornsby received 78% of the vote and was elected to the Hall of Fame becoming the 14th player. Horsby won the triple crown twice (1922 & 1925) joining Ted Williams as the only one to do that.

Hornsby’s lifetime batting average of .358 is second only to that of Ty Cobb. He batted .400 or better three times and is the only person to ever his .400 and hit 40 home runs in the same season (1922).

Born on this day:

1976 Ted Lilly

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Today in Baseball History – January 3rd


January 3, 1920

The contract of Babe Ruth is purchased by the New York Yankees from the Boston Red Sox for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan against Fenway Park.

The announcement of the sale was delayed until January 5th.

Babe Ruth would hit 54 home runs in 1920 for the Yankees. He would go on to hit 659 for New York.

January 3, 1962

Ground was broken for the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the Houston Astrodome. The Houston Astros would play here through the 1999 season.

Born on this day: 

1977 A.J. Burnett

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Today in Baseball History – January 2nd


January 2, 1977

Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was suspended by commissioner Bowie Kuhn for for one year for tampering in the Gary Mathews free-agency signing. The Braves are allowed to keep the outfielder. He would go on to have four productive years for the Braves before being traded to the Phillies in 1981 for Bob Walk.

Born on this day:

1951 Bill Madlock

1963 Edgar Martinez

1963 David Cone

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