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This Day in Baseball History
December 24th

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1929 The Giants file a $200,000 damage suit against Francis X. McQuade for seeking to "wreck and destroy" the club. The team's long-time club treasurer countersues, and the NY Supreme Court will eventually rule that he is entitled to back pay, but not his job.
1940 The Indians trade Ben Chapman to Washington for Joe Krakauskas, a southpaw who will post a 3-7 record during his three years with Cleveland. Chapman will be released by the Senators in May and will finish the season with the White Sox.
1949 Early in the morning on Christmas Eve, Grover Cleveland Alexander is found lying unconscious in an alley near his apartment in Hollywood. The seriously ill Hall of Famer, who will spend several days in Los Angeles County General Hospital before being released, is suffering from alcoholism and epilepsy.
1959 The Braves sign 20 year-old outfielder Rico Carty. During his eight years with the team, the Dominican outfielder will hit .317 before being traded to Texas prior to the 1973 season.
1967 While skiing at Lake Tahoe, Red Sox right-hander Jim Lonborg (22-9) tears the ligaments in his left knee. After surgery, last season's Cy Young Award winner will rush his comeback, resulting in damaging his rotator-cuff.

"I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes." - CURT FLOOD,responding to being traded to Philadelphia.

In a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, Curt Flood states his refusal to report to the Phillies after being traded by the Cardinals, citing he is not a piece of property to be sold. The MLB Players Association announces support for the outfielder's suit against baseball and agrees to pay the legal fees for the case that will eventually be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court.

1990 The Expos trade 31 year-old outfielder Tim Raines and two minor leaguers to the White Sox for outfielder Ivan Calderon and reliever Barry Jones. 'Rock', a career .300 hitter, will be a key component to Chicago's two divisional titles during his five-year tenure with the team.
2002 In a deal which prompts Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino to label the Yankees an evil empire, Cuban defector Jose Contreras reaches an agreement with New York. The 31 year-old right-hander, who was considered the top pitcher on Cuba's national team, was declared a free-agent after gaining residency in Nicaragua.
2004 Red Sox catcher and team leader Jason Varitek (.296, 18, 73) agrees to a four-year deal to stay in Boston. Joining Mike Menosky, Carl Yastrzemski, and Jim Rice, the 32 year-old switch-hitting backstop is also named the captain of the team.
2005 After agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract, Mike Stanton will become the first player in Nationals' history to have played with the team twice in its short tenure. After coming in from the Washington bullpen for the last three months of the 2005 season, the 38 year-old southpaw reliever was traded to the Red Sox for right-handed prospects Rhys Taylor and Yader Peralta.
2009 Former Detroit closer Fernando Rodney signs an $11 million, two-year contract with the Angels. The 32 year-old right-handed reliever, who saved 37 games with only one blown opportunity last season, is expected to compete with the team's current closer Brian Fuentes, the major league leader in saves in 2009, for the coveted spot in the bullpen.
2009 Matt Capps and the Nationals reach a preliminary agreement on a $3.5 million, one-year contract, with an additional $425,000 included in performance bonuses for games finished by the closer. In July, Washington will trade its 26 year-old right-handed All-Star reliever to the Twins for highly touted backstop prospect Wilson Ramos, along with minor league southpaw Joe Testa.
2010 Ricky Nolasco, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, has agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year deal to stay with the Marlins. The Florida right-hander, who has compiled a 54-39 record along with a 4.45 ERA during his five seasons with the Fish, will remain the team's #2 starter behind Josh Johnson.

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