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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 twenty 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 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 together.
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 skipper of the Bronx Bombers, 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.
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 In a tragic accident, Indian pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews are killed when their motorboat strikes a pier. Bob Ojeda is severely injured, but will return to play major league baseball.
2002 After a poor 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 Eleven home runs shy of passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list, Giants' slugger Barry Bonds indicates he may not play this season. The 40 year-old National League MVP, who has two knee operations and has been 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.

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