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1911 General Taylor acquires the rights to a parcel of land known as the Dana Lands, a property once owned by a leader of the Sons of Liberty named Francis Dana, at a public auction for $120,000. The Red Sox minority owner's acquisition will become the site of the team's new home, which will be named Fenway Park.
1935 Babe Ruth is granted his release by the Yankees, giving the aging superstar an opportunity to play for the Braves. The 39 year-old outfielder hit 659 home runs and batted .349 during his 15-year tenure with New York.
1943 The Phillies hire future Hall of Famer Bucky Harris to manage the club. The veteran skipper, who compiles a 39-54 record, will be fired at the end of July by new owner Bill Cox and replaced by Freddie Fitzsimmons.
1952 Don Newcombe, who posted a 56-28 record his first three years with the Dodgers, will miss the next two seasons when he is sworn into the Army to serve in the Korean War. The 26 year-old right-hander struggles upon his return in 1954, but he returns to form the following season with a 20-5 record, helping the team to capture their only world championship while playing in Brooklyn.
1957 The Giants trade right-hander Hoyt Wilhelm to the Cardinals for their former All-Star first baseman/outfielder Whitey Lockman. The knuckleballer will win only one of five decisions for the Redbirds before being selected off waivers by Cleveland in September, and New York's newest infielder will spend two seasons with his old club, hitting .246 in 225 games over that span.
1989 The $12 million breach-of-contract suit brought against Wade Boggs by Margo Adams is thrown out by a California court. The former Miss Anaheim claimed the Red Sox third baseman had promised her a salary and expenses during their four-year association.
1991 Bill Veeck, considered the P.T. Barnum of baseball due to the imaginative innovations he put in place as the owner of the Indians (1946-50), Browns (1951-53), and White Sox (1959-61, 1975-80), is elected by the veterans committee into the Hall of Fame. 'Sport Shirt Bill' integrated the American League by signing Larry Doby to play for the Tribe and assembled the 1948 World Champion Indians, a team that drew more than 2.6 million fans, setting an attendance record that lasted for more than three decades.

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1992 Red Sox owner Jean Yawkey dies at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke. The JRY Trust, headed by the club's CEO John Harrington, will inherit her interest in the team and will sell the team to John Henry and a group of investors in 2002.
2004 With hundreds of onlookers, including a man covered in ivy, singing Take Me Out to the Ball Game, the foul ball made famous by Steve Bartman in the 2003 NLCS playoffs is blown up at Harry Caray's restaurant in Chicago. The infamous ball's demise is executed by Cubs' die-hard fan Michael Lantieri, an Oscar Award winner who has worked on similar special effects in the movies Jurassic Park and Back to the Future.

2005 Atlanta Braves' hurler Mike Hampton and his wife offer a $25,000 reward for the safe return of Jessica Marie Lunsford. The nine year-old, who disappeared from her Florida bedroom four days ago, is in the same grade with one of the Hamptons' two sons at Homosassa Elementary School.
2006

"He's an idiot. He's selfish. That's why we don't miss him. And we've held it in for far too long." - KENNY WILLIAMS, White Sox general manager, reacting to his former player's negative comments.

Frustrated with the latest comments from former employee Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams responds by calling his former superstar selfish as well as being an idiot. The former MVP, who signed with the A's in January, has been very vocal about feeling unappreciated and mistreated by Chicago after spending 16 years with the organization.

2009 Tim Lincecum (18-5, 2.62) signs a $650,000, one-year deal with the Giants. The 24 year-old right-hander, last season's National League's Cy Young Award recipient, fanned a big league-leading 265 batters while yielding 182 hits in 227 innings.

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