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This Day in Baseball History
January 4th

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1898 After the death of Charles H. Byrne, team secretary Charles Ebbets replaces the one-third owner as president of the Bridegrooms (Dodgers). The team's former office boy and future owner will also manage the Brooklyn nine for the last 110 games of the season, finishing tenth in the 12-team National League circuit.
1902 Bill Dineen, who has averaged nearly 18 wins over the past two seasons for the NL's Beaneaters (Braves), signs with the year-old Boston Americans (Red Sox). The 24 year-old right-hander, known as 'Big Bill', will win 20 or more contests for the next three years for the cross-town rivals in the upstart American League.
1904 The Highlanders (Yankees) announce plans to play their Sunday home games this season at Long Island's Ridgewood Park. In March, the National Commission's chairman August Herrman will announce he will not allow the club to play there due to the close proximity of the ballpark to Brooklyn, the home of the National League's Superbas (Dodgers).
1932 After leading the Toledo Mud Hens to their first-ever pennant, Casey Stengel returns to majors when the minor league team goes bankrupt, becoming a coach for the Dodgers. The 'Old Perfessor' will get his first big league managerial opportunity when Brooklyn names him to replace Max Carey, who will be fired prior to the 1934 season.
1936 The Red Sox get Doc Cramer and Eric McNair from the A's for Henry Johnson, Al Niemiec, and $75,000. The deal completes the December 10th trade for Jimmie Foxx.
1942 Rogers Hornsby, with 78 percent of the vote, becomes the 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame. Former Cubs first baseman Frank Chance (58%) and southpaw Rube Waddell (54%) are not elected this year, but both will be enshrined in Cooperstown in future years.
1943 Due to World War II, Commissioner Landis mandates clubs to conduct spring training close to home. With the exception of the Cardinals and the Browns, who may stay in-state and train in Missouri, big league teams are told all camps must operate north of the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and be located east of the Mississippi River.
1957 The Dodgers become the first team to purchase their own aircraft, buying a 44-passenger Convair 440 two-engine airplane for $700,000. The team, from 1949 through 1957, had flown in a 20-seat DC-3, a gift from Bud Holman, who won the plane from Eastern Airlines in a crap game, according to legend, and gave it to team owner Walter O'Malley.

Convair 440 Metroplitan N1R Brooklyn Dodgers copy 15-10311

1971 The Phillies dedicated the newly constructed Veterans Stadium, a name the Philadelphia City Council selected to honor the vets of all wars. The new ballpark will be harshly criticized for the height of its upper deck, and for many of its seats being so distant from the field that it will difficult to enjoy the game without binoculars.
2002 In the midst of the franchise's uncertain future due to its possible contraction as a major league team, Ron Gardenhire is named to replace Tom Kelly as the Minnesota manager. The 44 year-old Twins coach, who will remain as the team's skipper for 13 seasons, is given a two-year pact to pilot the team.
2002 The Cardinals announce the team has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with their ace Matt Morris (22-8, 3.16 ERA). The 27 year-old right-hander, who missed all of the 1999 season due to elbow surgery, finished third in the Cy Young balloting last season.
2002 The Indians sign 18 year-old Matthew Haynes, a participant in the major league's first-ever Australian Baseball Academy. The Tribe believes the 6'-3", 185-pound right-hander, considered one of the best sixty players from Down Under, will become a starting pitcher in the major leagues.
2002 Tony Tavares, citing he is tired of losing, resigns as the president of the Angels. The 52 year-old executive, who until today also was the chairman of the NHL's Mighty Ducks, assumed the baseball post after Disney bought the team from Jackie Autry in 1996.
2004 Five-time batting champ Wade Boggs, who receives 92% of the record number of the 516 votes cast, becomes the 41st player elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The Baseball Writers also give the nod to former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the 1984 National League MVP.
2007 Jake Peavy, on his way to begin a goodwill tour of the Dominican Republic with other big league players, is arrested at the Mobile Regional Airport. The 25 year-old Padres pitcher is charged with disorderly conduct and is taken to the Mobile County Metro Jail after he refuses to move his ticketed doubled-park car outside the terminal building.
2008 Hideo Nomo, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2005, signs a minor league pact with the Royals. The 39 year-old Japanese right-hander, who tossed no-hitters for both the Dodgers and the Red Sox, has been invited to spring training by the club.
2008 The city of Chicago gives approval for the Cubs to add 70 'bullpen box seats' and to incorporate additional signage at Wrigley Field. The 93 year-old ballpark, due to its landmark status, needed permission from the Department of Planning and Development to make the changes.

"Just another Halo victory!" - RORY MARKAS, Angels announcer's signature line.

Rory Markas, recently named by the Angels as the team's lead play-by-play television announcer, dies unexpectedly at home. The popular 54 year-old broadcaster, who also spent parts of 11 seasons in the Brewers booth before starting his eight-year tenure with Los Angeles, was well-known for his signature line, "Just another Halo victory!".


David Price is selected this season's recipient of the Warren Spahn Award, a recognition given annually to the best left-handed major league pitcher in Major League Baseball by the Oklahoma Sports Museum. The Rays' 25 year-old All-Star southpaw compiled a 19-6 record along with an ERA of 2.72 for the AL East champs

2012 Joe Torre resigns as MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, a position he has held since last February, to become part of a group interested in purchasing the Dodgers from Frank McCourt. The former L.A. skipper, who managed the team from 2008-2010, is partnering with real estate developer Rick Caruso, who is heading up the ownership bid.
2013 Brett Myers signs a one-year, $7 million contract to become part of the Indians' starting rotation behind Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez. The 32 year-old right-hander, who has started 249 major league contests during the first 11 years of his career, appeared in 70 games, all as a reliever, for the Astros and White Sox last season.

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