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This Day in Baseball History
January 7th

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1920 Babe Ruth, reacting to harsh comments made about him after his trade to the Yankees, tells the Boston Evening Standard, "Frazee is not good enough to own any ball club, especially one in Boston." Recently, the Red Sox owner called his former player "one of the most selfish and inconsiderate men ever to put on a baseball uniform".
1924 The Indians trade catcher Steve O'Neill, second baseman Bill Wambsganss, and pitcher Danny Boone to the Red Sox for first baseman George Burns, second baseman Chick Fewster, and catcher Al Walters. In 1926, Burns will lead the American League in hits and wins the circuit's MVP award while playing for the much-improved Tribe.
1933 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, in a move seen as a precursor of all salaries being reduced during the depression years, voluntarily cuts his pay by forty percent. In 1920, the Millville, Ohio native accepted the offer to become the game's first commissioner for seven years at an annual salary of $42,500, on condition he could remain a federal judge.
1945 Roberto Ortiz, during an argument over a disputed call, viciously punches Bernardino Rodriguez, knocking the home plate umpire unconscious. The Almendares first baseman, who apologizes in a letter published in the Cuban newspapers, will be suspended from the Cuban League for the rest of the season due to his violent behavior that sent the arbitrator to the hospital.
1971 Bobby Tolan ruptures his Achilles tendon while playing in an off-season basketball game. The Cincinnati outfielder will miss the entire season but will return to the Reds in 1972, winning both the Comeback Player of the Year and Hutch awards, hitting .283 and knocking in 82 runs for the National League champs.
1985 The BBWAA elects St. Louis outfielder Lou Brock and Hoyt Wilhelm, who played with nine different teams, to the Hall of Fame. The Cardinals speedster broke Ty Cobb's record for stolen bases in 1977 with 893 career steals, and the veteran knuckleballer, best remembered for his seasons with the Orioles and the White Sox, had appeared in more games than any other pitcher in major league history.
1992 Rollie Fingers, the first closer in major league history to record 300 career saves, and Tom Seaver are elected into the Hall of Fame. 'Tom Terrific', the author of 311 victories, receives the highest percentage in the voting history of the BBWAA.
2005 John Henry, the Red Sox owner, calls reserve first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to discuss the possession of the game ball kept by the infielder after the last out of the World Series was made. Larry Lucchino, the Boston's club president, has made it clear he wants the team to have ownership of that historic ball, which now resides in the player's safe deposit box along with an Olympic ring.
2005 Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announces Major League Baseball and the Players Association will donate $1 million to help the victims of last month's Indian Ocean tsunami. According to the United Nations, a total of 229,866 people were lost, including 186,983 known dead and another 42,883 missing.
2006 Bob Watson, the former Yankee GM, receives the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The honor is bestowed on the first black general manager in baseball history during the organization's Legacy Awards ceremonies in Kansas City.
2007 Randy Johnson agrees to a $26 million, two-year Diamondback deal, leaving only a physical and MLB approval to finalize his trade from the Yankees back to the desert. In exchange for the 'Big Unit', the Bronx Bombers will receive reliever Luis Vizcaino and minor league prospects right-handers Ross Ohlendorf (RHP), and Steven Jackson (RHP), and Alberto Gonzalez (INF).
2008 Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez signs an $850,000, one-year deal to stay with the team. The 27 year-old right-hander, who has not pitched after being injured in a 2006 Atlanta cab accident, was used primarily as the eighth inning setup man for closer Billy Wagner prior to separating his throwing shoulder in the motor vehicle mishap.
2009 Jason Giambi agrees to a one-year $5.25 million deal to return to the A's, the franchise where he started his major league career. The 37 year-old free-agent first baseman/DH, who celebrates a birthday tomorrow, joins the growing list of aging superstars - Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, and Mike Sweeney - who have been used to fill the same role with Oakland in recent years.
2009 Kevin McClatchy ends his 13-year relationship with the team when sells the last of his remaining shares in the Pirates. After local ownership failed to materialize in 1996, the former managing general partner made sure the struggling club would stay in Pittsburgh by finding shareholders and securing the cash needed to buy the franchise.
2009 The Reds retain the services of Jerry Hairston, Jr., signing their leadoff hitter to a $2 million, one-year deal. The 32 year-old versatile veteran played six positions last season and hit .326 while appearing in 80 games for Cincinnati.
2009 Right-hander Koji Uehara agrees in principle to a two-year deal to join the Orioles rotation. The 33 year-old World Baseball Classic standout, formerly with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, has won the Sawamura Award twice as the top pitcher in Japan.
2010 The Royals sign 19 year-old southpaw Noel Arguelles to a $7 million, five-year contract. The 6-foot-4 Cuban fireballer, who defected from his country at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Edmonton, got the victory in the Gold Medal game at the Pan American Junior Championships two seasons ago.
2010 The Mariners and Red Sox finalized their trade that brings Casey Kotchman to Seattle in exchange for outfielder Bill Hall, a player to be named, and cash. The M's acquisition of the 26 year-old slick-fielding first baseman signals the departure of free-agent slugger Russell Branyan, who suffered from a disc issue in his back late in the season last year.
2011 In an eight-player trade, the Cubs send outfielder Sam Fuld and minor leaguers Christopher Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, and Robinson Chirinos to the Rays to acquire starter Matt Garza. In addition to receiving the 27 year-old right-hander, who compiled a 15-10 record last season that included a no-hitter, Chicago obtains outfielder Fernando Perez and minor league southpaw prospect Zachary Rosscup.

19 Fact(s) Found