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This Day in Baseball History
January 2nd

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1879 The Northwestern League is organized in Rockford, Illinois. The minor league circuit, which includes teams from Davenport, Omaha, Dubuque, and Rockford, will be defunct before the season ends.
1912 Charles Ebbets announces the purchase of 4.5 acres of land in the Pigtown section of Brooklyn to build an 18,000-seat concrete and steel stadium. The location selected for his new ballpark, which will be the home of the Dodgers until 1957, is presently a neighborhood that consists of deplorable housing with piles of garbage strewed everywhere.
1918 In a deal which includes two future Hall of Famers, the Dodgers trade outfielder Casey Stengel and infielder George Cutshaw to the Pirates for pitchers Burleigh Grimes, Al Mamaux, and infielder Chuck Ward. Grimes, known as Ol' Stubblebeard, and Stengel, dubbed The Old Perfessor, will both be enshrined in Cooperstown.
1940 With Mayor Fiorello La Guardia on hand, Lou Gehrig is sworn in as a member of the New York City Parole Commission. Although the term is for ten years, the former Yankee slugger will eventually become too ill even to sign his name and will ask for a leave of absence next year.
1946 The Senators sell pitcher Alex Carrasquel and shortstop Fred Vaughn to the White Sox. The Venezuelan right-hander rejects the deal and signs a three-year contract to hurl in Jorge Pasquel's Mexican League, becoming the first major leaguer to jump to a team south of the border.
1977 Ted Turner is suspended for one year by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, due to tampering charges in the free-agency signing of Gary Matthews. The Braves owner, an accomplished sailor, uses his free time to pursue another goal, winning this year's America's Cup, which he will accomplish in September.
1986 Bill Veeck, the former owner of the Browns, White Sox, and Indians, dies of cardiac arrest in Chicago. In addition to being well-known for his promotions and ideas, which included a pinch-hitting midget, an exploding scoreboard, and putting players' names on the back of their uniforms, the innovative Hall of Famer is also responsible for breaking the color barrier in the American League, signing Larry Doby in 1947 to play for Cleveland.
1992 Former Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola signs with the Red Sox as a free agent. The southpaw, who will injure his arm and undergo 'Tommy John' surgery while in Boston, will post a 25-21 record during his three seasons with the team.
1996 The Red Sox sign free-agent hurler Jamie Moyer. The 33 year-old southpaw will compile a 7-1 record for Boston before being traded to Seattle in July for outfielder Darren Bragg, where he will enjoy a pair of 20-game victory seasons en route to winning over 100 games during his 11-year tenure with the Mariners.
2003 Due to a conflict with the major league schedule, the annual Hall of Fame game, which has been held the day after new members are inducted since 1940, will now take place on a different weekend. This year's contest between the Phillies and Devil Rays will be played on June 16, five weeks prior to the July 27 induction ceremonies at Cooperstown.
2013 Avoiding arbitration, the Rays announced the team has reached an agreement with left-handed starter David Price on a one-year deal, worth $10.1125 million. The 27 year-old American League Cy Young Award winner, who finished with a 20-5 record with a 2.56 ERA last season, earned $4.35 million playing for the third-place Tampa Bay club.

11 Fact(s) Found