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This Day in Baseball History
March 7th

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1903 The Tigers trade second baseman Kid Gleason to the Giants for Heinie Smith, the team's part-time manager. New York immediately sends their newest infielder to the Phillies.
1914 In the last inning of an intrasquad exhibition game of the International League’s Baltimore Orioles, the recently-signed George Herman Ruth Jr. hits his first professional home run, a 400 foot shot at the Cape Fear Fairgrounds in Fayetteville. A state marker claims the famous moniker 'Babe' was given to the 19 year-old during his stay in this North Carolina city when his teammates teased him about being adopted by the team's manager Jack Dunn, who legally became the parent of St. Mary’s Industrial School to keep him on the club.

1923 Kenesaw Mountain Landis turns down the American Legion's request to discontinue major league morning games on Memorial Day. The organization, although disappointed by the decision, will award the baseball commissioner its Distinguished Service Medal in 1929.
1924 Pat Moran is replaced immediately by coach Jack Hendricks when he dies of Bright's disease during the team's spring training in Orlando. The 48 year-old Reds' manager, who also piloted the Phillies, compiled a 748-586 (.561) record, capturing two pennants and a world championship during his nine-year tenure as a skipper.
1941 Pee Wee Reese and Ducky Medwick become the first players to don protective headgear when they wear plastic inserts inside their caps during a spring exhibition game. The Dodger teammates had both missed weeks of playing time after being beaned by a pitch during the 1940 season.
1955 Ford Frick announces he favors the legalization of the spitter, claiming it is "a great pitch and one of the easiest to throw." The Commissioner believes there is nothing dangerous about the banned pitch, and making it legal again would slow down baseball's increasing offensive statistics.
1956 The major league player representatives accept the owners' position on the World Series and All-Star game television deal, which expires after this season, and the proposed minimum salary structure, which will remain at $6,000 but will be reviewed by management. The players are still seeking workman's compensation coverage by all the clubs.
1979 The Special Veterans Committee selects former center fielder Hack Wilson, who compiled a .307 batting average playing mostly for the Giants and the Cubs during his 12-year major league career, for the Hall of Fame. The committee also chooses former National League president Warren Giles, who spent 18 years in the post, for induction in Cooperstown this summer.
1995 The Veterans Committee selects former players Richie Ashburn, Vic Willis, and Leon Day, and past president of the National League, William Hulbert, for induction into the Hall of Fame. Day, a Negro League right-hander, who played in Baltimore with the Black Sox and the Elite Giants and with the Brooklyn and Newark Eagles, will be dead of a heart attack in less than a week after hearing the good news.
2001 Bud Selig upholds the January 14 Blue Jay and White Sox trade which sent Toronto pitchers David Wells and Matt DeWitt to the White Sox in exchange for pitchers Mike Sirotka, Kevin Beirne, and Mike Williams and outfielder Brian Simmons. Although upon further medical examinations, Mike Sirotka was determined to be 'damaged goods' before the deal, the commissioner used a 'buyers beware' policy, stating the individual club must take responsibility for the information originally used in making the transaction.
2006 In their World Baseball Classic debut, Team USA blanks Mexico, 2-0. Home runs by Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones, along with Jake Peavy and a bevy of relievers combining to throw a four-hitter, prove to be the difference as the United States defeats their neighbors from south of the border.
2008 Danny Sandoval, with a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning off reliever Colter Bean, spoils the Braves' bid for a spring training combined no-hitter. Atlanta uses seven hurlers, beating the Indians at Winter Haven 4-1.
2008 The Cape Cod Times reports MLB has threatened to withhold their annual grant from the Cape Cod League if the six teams in the 10-team circuit sharing nicknames with big league teams, such as the Chatham Athletics, do not purchase all future uniforms and souvenir merchandise from licensed vendors, a more expensive option. The deadline has been extended until March 21, to give league officials more time to resolve the issue.

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