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January 5th

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1920 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee defends selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees for cash by calling his former player "one of the most selfish and inconsiderate men ever to put on a baseball uniform".
1925 During the White Sox and Giants European tour, John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey and Hugh Jennings are honored by the French Baseball Federation for their efforts of promoting the game in France.
1927 Commissioner Judge Landis begins a three-day public hearing to investigate the allegation the Tigers threw a four-game series to the 1917 White Sox. A week later all the charges will be cleared.
1934 The Fenway Park center field new concrete and steel bleachers, being built in center field to replace the wooden grandstands, are destroyed by fire in an early afternoon blaze. The Red Sox will rebuild and have the project finished for Opening Day.
1946 The Giants pay the largest amount ever paid for a single player when the team obtains Walker Cooper from the Cardinals for $175,000. The All-Star catcher will hit .276 during his 3+ seasons with New York.
1974 Due to heavy financial losses, Rheingold Beer announces it will close its Brooklyn-based plant. As as a result, the brewery will be forced to end its 13-year relationship with the Mets as the team's primary radio-TV sponsor.
1982 The BBWAA selects Vin Scully as the sixth recipient of the Ford Frick Award, an honor given for excellence in broadcasting the national pastime. The Dodger veteran announcer follows mentor Red Barber, Mel Allen, Bob Elson, Russ Hodges and Ernie Harwell into the Hall of Fame.

1994 The Mets trade Vince Coleman to the Royals along with along with $500,000, a sum that will make up the difference between the two salaries, reacquiring Kevin McReynolds. New York's co-owner Fred Wilpon had clearly indicated that Coleman would never wear his team's uniform again due to the outfielder's role in last season's firecracker incident at Dodger Stadium.
1999 Receiving an apology from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner about his 1985 dismissal as manager after only 16 games, Yogi Berra ends his self-exile from Yankee Stadium and the organization. The Bronx Bomber legend is expected to participate in future Opening Day and Old Timers' ceremonies.
2001 Needing help due to the departures of Shawon Dunston and Eric Davis, the Cardinals sign their first free agents of the off-season. The four include Bobby Bonilla, Bernard Gilkey, John Mabry and Shane Andrews.
2001 The Mariners ink Ichiro Suzuki to a three-year deal worth $14,088,000. The signing rights to the Japanese outfielder, winner of seven batting titles in Japan, were awarded to Seattle for approximately $13 million.
2001 The plan to name a new ballpark in downtown Montreal Labatt Park dims as the Canadian brewery announces the ending of its 15-year sponsorship of the Expos. The company cites the lack of a local television contract and stalled stadium plans as factors in the decision.
2007 Felipe Alou is named special assistant to Brian Sabean, general manager of the Giants. The team’s 72-year old former manager (2003-06), handling both major league and minor League scouting assignments, will provide insights on personnel for the GM.
2009 Carl Pohlad, believed by many to be the savior of major league baseball in Minnesota after buying the club in 1984, dies at the age of 93. Although the owner of the Twins' net worth was $3.6 billion, the franchise often had some of the lowest payrolls in baseball, including the World Champion teams of 1987 and 1991.
2009 Pat Burrell agrees to a two-year deal reportedly worth $16 million with the Rays, his World Series foes last season. The 32-year old outfielder, who spent his first nine seasons in the majors with the Phillies, will most likely be used as a designated hitter with Tampa Bay.
2009 According to reports, a preliminary agreement has been reached between the Cubs and free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley on a $30 million, three-year deal. The switch-hitting All-Star, who batted .321 and led the American League with a .436 on-base percentage, will fill the team's need for a left-handed presence in the middle of the line-up.
2010 Troy Glaus and the Braves come to terms on a $1.75 million, one-year incentive-laden deal that will shift the four-time All-Star third baseman to first base. After arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder a year ago, the 33 year-old infielder appeared in only 14 games with St. Louis at the end of the season.
2010 After 22 big league seasons, playing for the Expos (3-4), Mariners (130-74), Astros (10-1), Diamondbacks (118-62), Yankees (34-19), and the Giants (8-6), five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson announces his retirement. The 6-foot-10 'Big Unit' finishes his no-miss Hall of Fame career, which includes a World Series Most Valuable Player award, a perfect game and two no-hitters, with a record of 303-166 and as the all-time left-handed strikeout leader with 4,875.
2010 Kelly Shoppach (.214, 12, 40) and the Rays come to terms on a $5.5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for a third season at $3.2 million or a $300,000 buyout. The Rays obtained the 29-year-old back up catcher from the Indians last month for a player to be named, which turns out be right-hander Mitch Talbot.
2010 In a deal intended to strengthen Philadelphia's bullpen, right-handed reliever Danys Baez (4-6, 4.02) and the Phillies come to terms on a $5.25 million, two-year contract. The 32-year-old former Baltimore closer will be used with Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero as a setup man, but could become an option to replace an unreliable Brad Lidge, who led the majors last season with 11 blown saves while compiling an 0-8 record along with a 7.21 ERA .
2010 The Mets and R.A. Dickey agree to a one-year minor league deal reportedly worth $600,000 if the journeyman is added to the major league roster along with the opportunity to earn $150,000 more in performance bonuses. The 35-year-old knuckleballer will become the first player in franchise history to win six of his first seven starts (6-0, 2.33 ERA).
2011 After narrowly missing induction last year, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are elected to the Hall of Fame by a wide margin. Right-hander Blyleven, who waited 14 years before getting the nod from the writers, and second baseman Alomar, considered a sure first-ballot inductee last year, will join executive Pat Gillick, broadcaster Dave Van Horne, and writer Bill Conlin in Cooperstown next July.
2011 Adrian Beltre agrees to a $96 million, six-year deal with the Rangers, the reigning American League champs. The acquisition of the All-Star third baseman will make incumbent Michael Young the team's designated hitter, giving Texas a potent lineup and a much improved defense.
2012 The Cubs trade Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins for right-hander Chris Volstad and cash. The 30-year old right-hander will join fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillen, Miami's new manager, who has been publicly supportive during the hurler's troubled moments.

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