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This Day in Baseball History
February 22nd

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1880 George Wright signs a contract with the Boston Red Caps, which he states allows him not to travel with the team on western road trips, but just participate in games played in New England and Troy. The arrangement will allow the Hall of Fame shortstop to devote more time to his sporting goods business.
1889 Italy's King Humbert is among the fans who witness the Chicagos beat the All-Americans, 3-2, outside of Rome at the Villa Borghese. Originally billed as the Spalding's Australian Baseball Tour, the trip is expanded to include contests in Europe, much to the surprise of the captive players aboard ship en route to the Land Down Under.

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1936 As thousands cheer on both sides of the river, 48 year-old Senator legend Walter Johnson throws a silver dollar to the far side of the Rappahannock, believed to be a 386-foot toss. The Washington, D.C. Sesquicentennial celebration, which includes commemorating the 204th anniversary of George Washington's birth, stages the event to duplicate the alleged feat that the young Virginian accomplished when he threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River.
1938 After college, Texas Christian football All-American Sammy Baugh signs a contract with the Cardinals. 'Slingin' Sammy,' who will experience little playing time as a backup to starting shortstop Marty Marion, will leave the minor leagues to play for in the National Football League, where he will become a Hall of Fame quarterback with the Redskins.
2005 Jerry Coleman is the recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award. The 80 year-old San Diego play-by-play broadcaster, who was the MVP of the 1950 World Series, has spent 41 years in the booth calling games for the Yankees, Angels, and Padres.
2005 Tom Umberg, a California state assemblyman, introduces legislation which would require pro franchises to use disclaimers if they do not play the majority of home games in the location used in their name. With his 'Truth in Sports Advertising Act,' the Anaheim Democrat is trying to prevent the local team from changing its name to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
2006 The Dodgers announce the team has extended the contract of Vin Scully through 2008. The Hall of Fame broadcaster, considered by many to be the best announcer in baseball history, is beginning his 57th year in the Dodger organization, believed to be the longest tenure of any on-air individual in sports history.
2008 The Mets, who had not gone to arbitration with a player in 16 years, come out on the short end of the hearing when southpaw Oliver Perez (15-10, 3.56) gets a favorable decision in his case from arbitrators Steven Wolf, Robert Bailey, and Elizabeth Neumeier. The southpaw is awarded $6.5 million for this year, rather than the club's offer of $4,725,000.
2008 Although he loses his request for $12.5 million, Francisco Rodriguez (2.81, 40 saves) is awarded $10 million, tying Alfonso Soriano (Nationals) and Ryan Howard (Phillies) for the most money ever given in a salary arbitration case. The 26 year-old Angels closer leads the majors in saves during the last three seasons with a total of 132.
2010 Johnny Damon and the Tigers agree to an $8 million, one-year deal. The 36 year-old southpaw-swinging outfielder, who hit .282 with 24 homers for the World Champion Yankees last season, will bat leadoff for Detroit, who missed their chance for the postseason by losing a one-game tiebreaker to Minnesota.

10 Fact(s) Found