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March 23rd

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1938 Commissioner Landis releases seventy-four Cardinal minor leaguers from a total of six teams, with the owners of these teams being fined $2,176. The Redbirds, contrary to the rules, controlled the players in two clubs in each of the three Class D leagues in 1936 and in each of four Class D leagues in 1937.
1951 Brooklyn sign a twenty-one year lease with the City of Vero Beach to use an abandoned Naval base as their spring training facility. The site, which will the Grapefruit League home of team through the 2008 season, will become known as Dodgertown, with exhibition games taking place at the 6,000-seat Holiman Stadium.
1959 The Cardinals trade Sam Jones to the Giants for first baseman/outfielder Bill White and third baseman Ray Jablonski. The right-hander, who is called Toothpick Sam by his teammates, will be the runner up for the Cy Young Award this season, posting a 21-15 record along with an ERA of 2.83 for San Francisco.
1962 The Phillies trade third baseman Andy Carey and second baseman Lou Vassie to the White Sox for pitcher Cal McLish. Chicago then trades Carey to the Dodgers for Ramon Conde and Jim Koranda.
1963 On the day he is fitted for his big-league Orioles uniform, Steve Dalkowski, pitching in an exhibition against the Yankees, feels something pop in his left elbow. The fireballer from New Britain, Connecticut, who once struck out 24 batters in a minor league game, will never appear in the major leagues.
1978 The Mets deal 34 year-old Bud Harrelson to Philadelphia for cash and minor league call-up Freddie Andrews, an infielder who will never play another game in the major leagues. The popular shortstop, as a 12-year veteran, could have vetoed the trade, but chose to go Philadelphia to play for a contending team.
1990 Howard Spira is arrested for extorting money from George Steinbrenner. The Yankee owner paid the Bronx gambler $40,000 in January to dig up dirt on outfielder Dave Winfield.
2009 Thanks to Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning, Japan defeats South Korea, 5-3, to win its second consecutive World Baseball Classic title. South Korea, the reigning Olympic champion, had tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth on Lee Bum-ho's two-out RBI single off Japanese closer Yu Darvish in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 54,846 at Dodger Stadium.
2009 The Miami-Dade County commissioners approve the final documents necessary to move forward on the Marlins’ new 37,000-seat home, which will be located on the present grounds of Miami’s Orange Bowl. The long-anticipated retractable-roof ballpark will become a reality in 2012, with the team breaking ground this July.

9 Fact(s) Found