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This Day in Baseball History
December 26th

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1906 In an effort to prevent hitters from rubbing out chalk lines, National League umpire Hank O'Day suggests white rubber strips be used to mark out the batter's box. The former right-handed hurler and future Hall of Famer will interrupt his 30-year umpiring career to manage the Reds in 1912 and the Cubs in 1914, becoming the only person ever to play, manage, and umpire for a full season in the major leagues.
1919 Although not official until January, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from the Red Sox for $100,000 and guarantee a $300,000 loan, with Fenway Park as collateral. The sale of the southpaw and soon-to-be slugger will be the start of the 'Curse of the Bambino', a spell of bad luck that will last for 86 years, ending in 2004 when Boston wins its next World Series.
1934 Commissioner Judge Landis denies the Dodgers' claim to the services of Johnny Vander Meer, stating Brooklyn was guilty of waiting until the team could determine how good the southpaw was before lodging a protest. The left-handed free agent had been assigned to the independently-owned Daytona Ducks, who traded him to the Scranton Miners, the Braves' Class A in the New York-Penn League.
1950 With a large portion going to the players' pension fund, out-going Commissioner Happy Chandler announces the Gillette Razor Company has purchased the television rights to the All-Star Game for six years for six million dollars.
1964 The Seattle Angels select Bob Lemon as the club's manager for the upcoming season. The future big league skipper will manage the team for two seasons, being named the 1966 PCL's Manager of the Year by The Sporting News after capturing the circuit's championship.
1990 The Fort Myers Sun Sox franchise of the Senior Professional Association League folds due to the financial disagreement between the club owners. The monetary dispute will lead to the collapse of the circuit in the middle of its second season.
2001 The Angels sign free agent Aaron Sele (15-5, 3.60) to a three-year contract. The 31 year-old right-hander has compiled a 107-68 career record pitching for the Red Sox, Rangers, and Mariners.
2007 Coming to an agreement with Mark Prior, the Padres add another pitcher to the staff who will start next season coming off shoulder surgery. Joining southpaw Randy Wolf, the 27 year-old right-hander, formerly with the Cubs, signs a $1 million, one-year deal which can be worth more with performance bonuses.
2008 Randy Johnson (11-10, 3.91), a five-time Cy Young award recipient, signs a one-year, $8 million deal with the Giants. The 45 year-old southpaw, five victories shy of 300, joins a staff which includes Tim Lincecum (2008) and Barry Zito (2002), who have also won the prestigious pitching prize.

9 Fact(s) Found