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1947 During a four-hour hearing with Commissioner Chandler at the Sarasota Terrace Hotel, Dodger manager Leo Durocher admits to playing occasional card games for money with Kirby Higbe. Before Opening Day, Chandler will suspend the Brooklyn skipper for the entire 1947 season for "association with known gamblers."
1959 A photo of Pete Whisenant taken before an exhibition game played against the Dodgers in Havana, Cuba, shows the Reds outfielder toting a machine gun. The weapon shown in the posed picture belongs to a rebel from Fidel Castro's revolutionary army.
1982 When he ends his three-week holdout, the Dodgers automatically renew Fernando Valenzuela's contract for a reported $350,000, but the Mexican southpaw refuses to sign the deal that makes him the highest-paid second-year player in baseball history. After earning just $42,500 in his freshman season, the National League Cy Young Award and Rookie of the Year Awards recipient had asked for a raise to $850,000.

Amazon Fernando Valenzuela Signed Autographed 16X20 Photo

2006 At Mickey Mantle's restaurant in New York City, the U.S. Postal Service unveils the "Baseball Sluggers" postage stamps which will be issued on July 15 at Yankee Stadium before the game against the White Sox. The four featured Hall of Famers all have roots in New York with Mickey Mantle (Yankees), Mel Ott (Giants), and Roy Campanella (Dodgers) playing their entire careers in the Big Apple, and the fourth, Hank Greenberg, setting schoolboy records at James Monroe High School in the Bronx.


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