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This Day in Baseball History
March 22nd

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1939 Dodger prospect Pete Reiser, one of 74 minor leaguers who became free agents when Commissioner Landis ruled that the Cardinals had signed too many players who played illegally on multiple teams in the same leagues, homers in his first at-bat during the second game of spring training to begin a streak of ten consecutive hits. The 20 year-old 'Pistol Pete' will hit .301 in 38 games in an injury-plagued season with the Elmira Pioneers, the team's single-A affiliate in the Eastern League.
1962 In the first meeting between the two clubs, the Mets defeat the World Champion Yankees in a spring training game. Casey Stengel, the former Bronx Bombers boss, now the manager of the new National League expansion team in New York, clearly wanting to beat his old club, calls upon veteran outfielder Richie Ashburn, who delivers a ninth-inning pinch-hit single, giving the Amazins' the dramatic walk-off 4-3 victory at Al Lang Field.
1962 Roger Maris declines to pose with Mets coach Rogers Hornsby because the veteran had criticized him in the recently published autobiography, My Wars with Baseball. In the book, the Yankees slugger is dismissed by the 65 year-old Hall of Famer as a mediocre hitter who couldn't bat .400 if all of his averages were added up.
1972 The Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Red Sox for lefty reliever Albert Walter Lyle. Over the next seven years, Sparky will pitch in 420 games in relief with a 57-40 record and a 2.41 ERA, notching 141 saves as he helps the Bronx Bombers to appear in three World Series.
1986 The Yankees announce Britt Burns, an 18-game winner with the White Sox last season, will miss the entire season due to a degenerative hip condition. The 26 year-old southpaw will never throw another major league pitch, ending his eight-year career, played entirely with Chicago, with a 70-60 (.538) won-loss record.
1993 On their only off-day of spring training, Indian pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews die when their motorboat strikes a pier on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida. Bob Ojeda, their teammate, is severely injured, but the southpaw will return in early August, posting a 2-1 record for the Tribe, ending his 15-year career after a brief stint with the Yankees next season.
2002 After a miserable spring trying to make the Dodgers as a bench player, 38 year-old Dante Bichette (.299, 274, 1,141) announces his retirement. The four-time All-Star played with the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds, and Red Sox during his 14-year major league career.
2005 Giants' slugger Barry Bonds, 11 home runs shy of passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list, indicates he may not play this season. The 40 year-old National League MVP, who has had two knee operations and implicated in the sport's steroids scandal, cites being physically and mentally "done," and blames the media for much of his unhappiness.
2010 With the same pen he used to sign his rookie contract in 2001, Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.365, 28, 96) signs a $184 million, eight-year contract extension, keeping him with the small market team through 2018. Last year, the 26 year-old backstop, after starting the season on the DL as result of back surgery the previous year, captured his third batting crown and was named the American League's Most Valuable Player.
2016 In a game attended by Barack Obama, the first sitting United States president on Cuban soil since 1928, the Rays beat the Cuban National team, 4-1, marking the first time in 17 years a major league team has visited the island nation. In 1999 at Havana's Estadio, the Orioles edge the home team, 3-2, thanks to a Harold Baines' eventual game-winning hit in the 11th inning.

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