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This Day in Baseball History
March 5th

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1922 Babe Ruth signs a three-year contract with the Yankees for $52,000 per season, breaking down to $1,000 for each of the 156 weeks of the deal. In November, Yankees owner Colonel Jacob Ruppert has the 'Bambino' agree to a contract addendum which limits the slugger's outrageous off-field behavior that includes the excessive consumption of alcohol and late-night carousing.
1936 At Havana's Tropical Park, the Cardinals, without the holdout Dean brothers, lose an exhibition game to Habana. Luis Tiant Sr., the dad of a future major league pitcher, is the starting pitcher for the Cuban winter league team.
1958 Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer, trying to beat a 12:30 am curfew, suffer minor injuries in an auto mishap in Vero Beach. With prior crashes involving Roy Campanella and Jim Gilliam, the car accident is the third involving the Dodgers within the last two months.
1962 Gene Freese suffers a severely fractured ankle in the team's first intrasquad game, keeping the Reds' third baseman out of action until mid-August. The 28 year-old infielder, who played an important role in Cincinnati's National League championship last season, will never regain the form he displayed during the pennant drive.
1964 Atlanta's Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. claims to have a verbal agreement with a major league team which promises to move to the Peach State if a stadium is ready by next year. The next day the Board of Alderman approves a $15-million stadium.
1966 Marvin Miller, assistant to the President of United Steelworkers, is elected as the first full-time executive director of the Major League Players' Association by the player representatives. The skilled negotiator, who will lead the organization from 1966 to 1982, transforms the Major League Baseball Players Association into one of the strongest unions in country.
1972 Jim Fregosi, obtained by the Mets from the Angels in the off-season for future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, breaks his right thumb during a spring training workout. The All-Star infielder will suffer through an agonizing season, batting only .232 in 101 games, after being touted as the team's solution to its revolving door at third base.
1973 Yankee teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announce they have traded families including their wives, kids, and even the dogs. The swap, that began last Fall, will work better for Peterson, who will become married to his best friend's former wife with whom he will have four children, than it does for Kekich, whose relationship with Marilyn Peterson is short-lived.
1982 Gaylord Perry, needing just three wins to reach 300 career victories, signs a one-year deal with Seattle. The 43 year-old 'Ancient Mariner' will reach the milestone in May when he goes the distance to beat New York at the Kingdome, 7-3.
1986 The Braves and Brewers swap backstops with Atlanta acquiring Ted Simmons from Milwaukee in exchange for Rick Cerone and a pair of minor leaguers, David Clay and Flavio Alfaro. The offensively talented Simmons will spend three years with his new club before retiring after the 1988 season with a lifetime .285 batting average.
2002 Red Sox skipper Joe Kerrigan becomes the fourth manager to be fired during spring training. The team's former pitching coach, who guided the club to a 17-26 record after taking over for Jimy Williams last August, had signed a multi-year contract to be Boston's field boss with then-GM Dan Duquette, but was not favored by the new ownership that took control last month.
2003 Although not agreeing to ban ephedra, a memo is sent to all major leaguers by the players' union strongly recommending players "be extremely reluctant to use any products" containing the substance. The diet supplement, which is available without a prescription, has been linked to the spring training death of Orioles' pitcher Steve Belcher.
2005 A new ownership group, headed by real estate tycoon Lewis N. Wolff and businessman John J. Fisher, takes control of the A's, after purchasing the franchise from Steve Schott and Ken Hoffman. Oakland's four-year playoff streak, fueled by Billy Beane's "Moneyball" approach, had come to an end in 2004, and the former owners were anxious to sell the club they bought from the estate of Walter A. Haas, Jr. in 1995.

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