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This Day in Baseball History
December 18th

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1952 Ellis W. Ryan resigns after failing to secure a vote of confidence at a shareholders' meeting. After losing the showdown with general manager Hank Greenberg, the president of the Indians resigns and sells his stock for a nifty profit of more than a quarter of a million dollars for the 551 shares he purchased three years ago.
1973 Despite an impending legal showdown with Charlie Finley, the Yankees announce the signing of manager Dick Williams. American League president Joe Cronin will void the deal two days later.
1975 With little encouragement from the other American League owners, Bill Veeck reacquires the White Sox when he purchases 80% of the team as part of an investment group that is intent on keeping the franchise in Chicago. Former owner John Allyn had been pressured by the league to sell his club to a Seattle interest to help quell a lawsuit that was a result of the AL's approval in 1970 to move the one year-old expansion Pilots from the 'Emerald City' to Milwaukee.
1975 Chuck Tanner signs a three-year deal to manage the A's. After compiling an 87-74 (.540) record to finish in second place, Oakland will release the New Castle, PA native from his contract, allowing him to manage the Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 from Pittsburgh.
1981 The Reds swap third baseman Ray Knight to the Astros for outfielder Cesar Cedeno. The trade will help both clubs, with each player spending at least 2+ years in a productive role with his new team.
1985 The Giants trade Rob Deer to the Brewers for farmhands Eric Pilkington and Dean Freeland.
1990 The National League announces the six finalist cities for the two 1993 expansion teams. The locations include Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, and Washington, DC.
1993 Yankee farmhand Brien Taylor, the #1 overall selection in the MLB June Amateur Draft who signed a record $1.55 million contract with the team, severely tears the glenoid labrum his left shoulder after attempting to throw a punch that misses its mark. The Harlowe, North Carolina altercation will cause the 21 year-old prized prospect to miss all of next season, and will effectively end the southpaw's ability to pitch in the major leagues.
2000 Charles Johnson, the catcher when the team won the 1997 World Series, agrees to return to the Marlins when he signs a five-year contract worth $35 million. The 29 year-old backstop batted .304 with 31 home runs and 91 RBIs for the Orioles and White Sox last season.
2000 Free agent Sandy Alomar Jr. agrees to a $5.4 million, two-year deal with the White Sox. The former Indians catcher will replace Charles Johnson, who earlier in the day signed to a $35 million, five-year contract with the Marlins.
2001 The Giants sign free-agent Jason Schmidt to a $31-million four-year deal, keeping the right-hander in the City by the Bay. The 28 year-old free agent, after being traded by the Pirates, along with John Vander Wal, to San Francisco for Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelsong, was 7-1 for San Francisco last season.
2001 Filling the void created by Mark McGwire's unexpected retirement, the Cardinals sign first baseman Tino Martinez to a $21 million, three-year contract. After he was replaced in the Yankees lineup by Jason Giambi, the former Bronx Bomber said the Cardinals were his first choice as a free agent.
2001 John Rocker is traded to the Rangers from the Indians for minor league pitcher David Elder. The reliever, not known for his clubhouse diplomacy, will join recently acquired Carl Everett, who also has had difficulties with management and teammates.
2002 The Rangers sign free agent Doug Glanville to a reported one-year, $1 million deal. In July, Texas will trade the former Philadelphia outfielder to Chicago, where he will be the hero of the Cubs' 5-4 victory over Florida when he triples home the winning run in the top of the 11th inning in Game 3 of the NLCS.
2002 After spending the previous six seasons with the Giants, the 2000 National League MVP Jeff Kent (.313, 37, 108) signs an $18.2 million, two-year contract with the Astros. The 34 year-old Texas resident's presence on the team moves four-time second base Gold Glove winner Craig Biggio to the outfield.
2003 Adam Kennedy (.269, 13, 49) agrees to an $8.85 million, three-year deal with the Angels. The 28 year-old second baseman batted.277, and had 36 homers, and 229 RBIs during his four years with Anaheim.
2004 Two days after trading pitching ace Tim Hudson (17-8, 4.43) to the Braves, the A's deal Mark Mulder to the Cardinals for starting pitcher Dan Haren, reliever Kiko Calero, and minor league catching prospect Daric Barton. Five of the six players obtained by giving up two-thirds of the team's 'Big Three' are expected to be part of the opening day roster for Oakland.
2005 At the Lelands Winter Auction, the bat Pete Rose used to hit his 159th career home run in 1985 is acquired by GoldenPalace.com with a bid of $103,631.91. The online casino, infamous for placing winning bids for the Dallas Grassy Knoll fence and the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, plans to raise money for charity by sawing the bat in half to determine if the bat is corked, as is widely believed.
2007 In a statement released by his attorney, Randy Hendricks, Roger Clemens vehemently denies the allegations put forth by the Mitchell Report concerning his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Brian McNamee, the former trainer of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, states in the report he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone at least 16 times while Clemens was a member of the 1998 Blue Jays and the 2000-01 Yankees.
2008 Sixteen year-olds Bill Pena, a catcher, and southpaw Gregory Baez agree to contracts with the Nationals. The Dominican youngsters were scouted by the team at the Loma del Sueno complex in San Cristobal.
2008 The Astros sign free-agent Aaron Boone (.241, 6, 28) to a $750,000, one-year contract deal. The former National infielder, who will share third base with Geoff Blum and Chris Johnson, fills the void created when the team didn't tender Ty Wigginton a contract as a means of cutting the payroll, making the infielder a free agent.
2009 The Cubs trade outcast Milton Bradley to the Mariners in exchange for starting pitcher Carlos Silva (1-3, 8.60), Seattle's very costly and underachieving right-hander. Chicago suspended the outspoken and unpopular outfielder for his criticism of the atmosphere surrounding the team as being the reason the club hasn't won a World Series since 1908.
2009 The Orioles finalize their $12 million, two-year deal with Mike Gonzalez, hoping the veteran southpaw reliever can outpitch his competition this spring to become a dependable closer for the team, that has not had one since trading George Sherrill to L.A. at the end of July. The 31 year-old Texan posted a 5-4 record with 10 saves for Atlanta last season, and in 2006 compiled a career-high 24 saves for the Pirates before undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery the following season.
2009 Avoiding arbitration, Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins agree to a $3.8 million, one-year deal, which is an increase of $1.4 million from last season. The team's Opening Day starter posted a 13-9 record, compiling an ERA of 5.06 for the Fish last season.

24 Fact(s) Found