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January 10th

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1907 John McGraw saves the day when he prevents a runaway team of horses from injuring two West Coast women. The fiery Giants manager's heroic deed of stopping the wayward steeds occurs in the City of Angels.
1928 Giants owner Charles Stoneham, displeased with Rogers Hornsby's abrasive style and gambling habits, trades his second baseman to the Braves for backstop prospect Shanty Hogan and journeyman fly chaser Jimmy Welsh. During Rajah's one-year stay in Boston, his third team in three seasons, the future Hall of Fame infielder will lead the major leagues in hitting with a .387 batting average along with an astounding .498 on-base-percentage while playing and managing the seventh-place club.


Charles Stoneham (1910)

1934 The late Bill Veeck Sr., a former sportswriter who won three pennants (1918, 1929, and 1932) during his reign in Chicago's front office, is replaced by William Walker as the Cubs' president. The 56-year-old baseball executive, whose son will become a Hall of Fame major league owner, died of leukemia during the World Series last season.
1945 The BBWAA does not elect a new member for the Hall of Fame this year. Frank Chance (72.5), Rube Waddell (62.3), and Ed Walsh (55.5), all of whom will be inducted by the Veterans' committee in 1946, get the most votes but fall short of the necessary three-fourths of the ballots to be selected.
1950 George Susce is relieved of his duties by Cleveland general manager Hank Greenberg when the bullpen coach's son declines an offer to sign with the Tribe, deciding instead to play for less money with Louisville, a farm team of the Red Sox. George Jr., who will make his major league debut against the Yankees in 1955, compiles a 22-17 record in 117 games during his five seasons with Boston and Detroit.

1950 The Phillies officially abandon using the nickname of Blue Jays, a moniker that never caught the fancy of the Philadelphia fandom. The unpopular choice, selected in a 1944 contest from 634 entries received from over 5,000 letters from every state, included the Bell Ringers, Keystones, Minutemen, and Valley Forgers, appeared as a logo on a sleeve patch for the following two seasons.

1957 Commissioner Ford Frick allows Bing Crosby, part of an eleven-man syndicate that made a successful bid to buy the Tigers, to keep his token stock in the Detroit club although he is part owner of the Pirates. The famous crooner, who became one of the Bucs' owners in 1946, presently has a 16% share of the Steel City club.

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1983

"The Yankee pin stripes belong to New York like Central Park, like the Statue of Liberty, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, like the Metropolitan Opera, like the Stock Exchange, like the lights of Broadway, etc." - RICHARD S. LANE, ruling against the Yankees' bid to play their first home games in Denver.

Acting Justice Richard S. Lane of State Supreme Court in Manhattan bars the Yankees from playing their season's opening series against the Tigers at Denver's Mile High Stadium. George Steinbrenner sought to move the three games, fearing the renovations to the Bronx ballpark would not be completed on time, but the judge dismisses the rescheduling the games to Colorado, citing the owner ignored the obvious solution of playing the contests at Shea Stadium, the home of the Mets located seven miles away, or at Detroit's Tiger Stadium.

1991 In one of the worst trades ever made in baseball history, the Orioles send pitchers Curt Schilling and Pete Harnish along with outfielder Steve Finley to the Astros for first baseman Glenn Davis. Davis, who averaged 27 home runs in six seasons playing in the Astrodome, will hit only 24 dingers in three injury-filled years as Schilling becomes one of the most dominant hurlers in the game, and Harnish and Finley develop into solid major league performers.
2001 To authenticate autographed and game-used merchandise sold by its licensees, Major League Baseball hires Arthur Andersen, an accounting company, to assure the authenticity of approximately 40,000 items this season. The memorabilia will have a tamper-proof hologram and an ID number with a company official observing the physical removal of the object taken from the player or event.
2001

As part of its 100th Anniversary festivities, the Indians present three-time All-Star Jim Thome with his very own bobblehead doll. The first baseman is one of seven current Cleveland players who will be part of the bobblehead doll promotional giveaways to celebrate the club's centennial this season.

2002 The Yankees sign White Sox free-agent southpaw David Wells to a two-year, $7-million contract to rejoin the team after trading him in 1999 to the Blue Jays, along with Graeme Lloyd and Homer Bush, for Roger Clemens. The 38-year-old left-hander known as Boomer, who missed most of the second half of last season due to back surgery, posted a 34-14 record, including a perfect game in 1998, during his first two-year tenure with the team.

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2002

"In light of this disclosure and your apparent unwillingness to reveal other financial information that you assert supports your decision to eliminate two baseball teams, I regret that I must call on you to resign as commissioner of major league baseball." - JOHN CONYERS, JR., U.S. Representative (D-MI), citing a conflict of interest.

Representative John Conyers Jr., the House Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, said he would back off asking Bud Selig to resign if the commissioner dropped his threat to eliminate teams this season. In a two-page letter to the Michigan lawmaker, Selig was unequivocal in his response, stating that the suggestions were wholly unacceptable.

2006 Bruce Sutter, joining Hoyt Wilhelm (1985), Rollie Fingers (1992), and Dennis Eckersley (2004), becomes the fourth relief pitcher to be voted into the Hall of Fame and the first hurler elected without a career major league start. The split-fingered fastball, which will eventually lead to career-ending injuries, helped establish the right-hander, best remembered for his seasons with the Cubs and Cardinals, as one of the game's dominant closers.
2008 The Astros and Darin Erstad (.248, 4, 32) agree to a one-year deal valued at $1 million, including incentives. The 33-year-old free-agent outfielder, a lifetime .284 hitter, saw limited duty with the White Sox last season after spending 11 superb seasons with the Angels.

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