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This Day in Baseball History
March 6th

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1884 High winds tear off the roof of the Polo Grounds' grandstands, but the ballpark will be ready for the Gothams' National League home opener on May 1. The team, which will become known as the Giants, will win the first dozen games they play on the Southeast Diamond of the facility.лайтбокс цена
1907 Phillies' owner A.J. Reach and John Rogers are acquitted of damages resulting from the 1903 National League Park disaster. A balcony had collapsed at the Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue ballpark, killing 12 and leaving 232 fans injured.
1922 Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid player in history when he inks a three-year deal with the Yankees worth $52,000 per season, more than three times as much as teammate Home Run Baker, the second best paid major leaguer. The 'Sultan of Swat' will prove worthy of his contract, hitting 122 home runs during the span of the deal and earning MVP honors in the team's first World Championship season in 1923.
1923 The Cardinals announce players will wear numbers on their sleeves of their uniforms, with the digits corresponding to the player's place in the batting order. The Redbirds strongly disapprove of the concept implemented by St. Louis manager Branch Rickey, who acted on a suggestion put forth by sportswriter John Sheridan.
1938 The Phillies trade first baseman Dolph Camilli to the Dodgers for utility player Eddie Morgan and $45,000. The heavy-hitting infielder will spend six seasons in Brooklyn, having his best year in 1941 when he wins the National League MVP after leading the circuit in home runs and RBIs.
1945 In some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, Harry O'Neill is killed in the battle for Iwo Jima. In 1939, the fallen Marine played one game in the major leagues, appearing with the A's as a catcher.
1948 The Braves acquire All-Star second baseman Eddie Stanky from the Dodgers for Bama Rowell and $60,000. The 32 year-old hard-nosed infielder, who is known as the Brat, will play a pivotal role in Boston's National League championship this season.
1951 Charlie Brown, who made his debut in Charles Schultz’s Peanut comic strip in last October, appears in his first baseball game. The perennial loser, who served as his team's pitcher and manager, usually fielded the following lineup: first baseman - Shermy, second baseman - Linus, third baseman - Pig-pen, shortstop - Snoopy, right fielder - Lucy, center fielder -Patty, left fielder -Violet, and catcher - Schroeder.

1971 Joe Cronin, the AL president, gives in to A's owner Charlie Finley's request to allow three balls, rather than four, to constitute a base on balls during an exhibition game against the Brewers. The experiment, designed to add offense and speed up the game, proves to be tedious for both teams when 19 walks are issued as well as six homers being drilled during the 13-9 spring training victory for Oakland.
1973 In a spring training game against the Pirates, Larry Hisle becomes the first designated hitter in major league history. The contention that the new American League rule will add more offense to the game appears to be correct when the Twins' DH hits two homers and drives in seven runs.
1976 Prior to the return of natural grass that will be in place for Opening Day, approximately a thousand people show up at Comiskey Park to get a piece of the 18,000 square feet of artificial turf covering the infield. New White Sox owner Bill Veeck, sensing a lack of public interest during the work stoppage, decided to stage the promotion to spark interest in the upcoming season, reminding fans, "when you go to the ballpark, you are entitled to the smell of freshly cut grass".
1987 Free agent Andre Dawson signs a blank contract to join the Cubs. The former player for the Expos will win the National League MVP, making him a bargain at $500,000, the amount Chicago decided to pay the All-Star outfielder.
2001 Bill Mazeroski, the 1960 World Series hero who compiled a .260 batting average during his 17 seasons with the Pirates, is elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. The group, who met in closed sessions and cast multiple classified ballots, also selects six-time All-Star right-hander Hilton Smith, a pitching standout with the Kansas City Monarchs, who was often overshadowed by his teammate Satchel Paige.
2005 Suzyn Waldman, making her debut with John Sterling on WCBS-AM (880), the radio flagship of the Yankees, becomes the first woman in big league history to be a full-time color commentator. The former radio-talk host on WFAN, the first all-sports radio station in the country, was also the first female to broadcast on a nationally telecast baseball game, as well as the first to provide local TV (Yankees) major league play-by-play.

14 Fact(s) Found