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This Day in Baseball History
March 4th

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1912 With the shanties torn down and the garbage pits filled in the Pigtown section in Brooklyn, Charles Ebbets breaks ground for his team's new Bedford Avenue ballpark. The Dodgers' Flatbush facility, which will serve as the team's beloved home for 44 years, will be named for its owner after a reporter at the ceremony suggested the idea to Charley.
1913 The Yankees become the first team to train outside of the United States when they start spring training in Bermuda. The Skeeters, a local squad from New Jersey, will provide most of their competition, playing on a converted cricket field in Hamilton.
1919 Giants' manager John McGraw sells Slim Sallee to the Reds, but the team will purchase the southpaw back next year. During his five seasons with New York, 'Scatter' compiles a 42-23 (.646) record along with an ERA of 2.26.
1921 After spending the first 12 years of his career with the team, veteran outfielder Harry Hooper is traded by the Red Sox to the White Sox for Nemo Leibold and Shano Collins. 'Hoop' will finish his career in Chicago, hitting .302 during his five seasons in the Windy City, thirty points higher than his average in Boston.
1948 Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial ends his holdout, signing a contract for $31,000, the same salary he made last season. 'Stan the Man,' after being assured by new owners Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh that his salary will be increased based on his performance, gets a pay raise of $5,000 when he is hitting .403 at the All-Star break, en route to being named the National League's MVP.
1976 The Giants, due to the intervention of San Francisco mayor George Moscone, will stay in the City by the Bay. In a last-minute deal, the Stoneham family sells the team to Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth for $8 million instead of the Labbat's Brewery, which had planned to move the Giants to Canada.
1984 The Special Veterans Committee selects two outstanding defensive players, shortstop Pee Wee Reese and catcher Rick Ferrell to be members of Baseball's Hall of Fame. Cooperstown's newest infielder batted .269 during his entire 16-year career with the Dodgers, and the former Browns, Senators, and Red Sox's backstop hit .281 in his 18-year major league tenure.
2004 Commissioner Bud Selig announces major league baseball will celebrate "Jackie Robinson Day" in every ballpark on April 15, the anniversary of the debut of the first black player in the major leagues. Jackie's number (42) was retired for all time in a ceremony at Shea Stadium in April of 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Robinson's achievement.

"We are sorry that certain players will not be present for portions of spring training. These players have elected to participate in the World Baseball Classic. The World Baseball Classic is an event sanctioned by the commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The New York Yankees did not vote to support this event." - A sign by the customer service booth at Legends Field.

Prior to the exhibition game scheduled to be played at Legends Field in Tampa, the Yankees, using a sign outside the park, apologize to the fans for the absence of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Bernie Williams, due to their participation in the World Baseball Classic. Bronx Bombers boss George Steinbrenner had abstained when the owners approved the World Cup styled tournament at the urging of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

2008 Replacing the $3,925,000, one-year contract signed in January, Brad Hawpe and the Rockies agree to a $17,425,000, three-year deal. The Colorado right fielder becomes the team's fourth young player of the National League champs to receive a long term deal from the club.
2012 A swarm of bees, that moved down the right field line and settled near the Giants' dugout behind first base, causes two sections of fans to be evacuated, resulting in a 41-minute delay of the Giants' split squad game against the Diamondbacks. The Salt River Fields grounds crew uses a combination of lemonade and cotton candy obtained from the concession stand to lure the buzzing insects away from fans and players.

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