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This Day in Baseball History
December 27th

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1874 At Palmar de Junco, a Havanan team plays Matanzas in the first documented baseball game in Cuba. The contest, called after seven innings due to darkness, ends with Havana leading, 51-9.
1941 Levi Walker, the third person to play Chief Noc-A-Homa, a role he will perform from 1969 through 1985, is born. Dressed in Native American costume, the Georgia native will come out of his tepee, located in the bleachers, setting off smoke signals and do a celebration dance whenever a Braves player homers at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1943 Former Yankee infielder Roy White is born in Los Angeles. The two-time All-Star will play 15 years in the majors, compiling a lifetime .271 batting average for the Bronx Bombers.
1967 Johnny Murphy becomes the Mets' third general manager in franchise history when he replaces Bing Devine. During his tenure, the team benefits from a talented farm system, especially its young pitching prospects, including Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan, and Gary Gentry, who will play a major role in the club's World Championship in 1969.
1984 Ed Whitson, 14-8 with the NL champion Padres, signs a five-year $4.4 million contract with the Yankees. The free-agent deal becomes a nightmare for both the pitcher and the team when the right-hander lasts only a season and a half, compiling a 15-10 record along with an ERA of 5.38 in 44 games with the Bronx Bombers.
2001 After 21 years on WABC, the Yankees will broadcast its spring training, regular-season, and postseason games on all-news station WCBS-AM, which is owned by Infinity Broadcasting. The five-year deal with the Yankees' YES Network, created earlier this year, is worth approximately $50 million.
2001 The Mets continue to stay busy this offseason, acquiring first baseman Mo Vaughn for 13-year veteran right-hander Kevin Appier (11-10, 3.57) and cash. The 1995 American League MVP will join Roberto Alomar, Roger Cedeno, and Shawn Estes as the Shea Squad's newest members.
2003 In his hometown of Loza, Puerto Rico, former major league All-Star outfielder Ivan Calderon is shot and killed at a bar in which several murders have already reported to occur in the past year. During his ten-year major league career, the 41 year-old played with the Mariners (1984-1986), White Sox (1986-1990), Expos (1991-1992), Red Sox (1993), and the White Sox (1993).
2004 After the Cubs decline Moises Alou's (.293, 39, 106) contract option, the Giants ink the free-agent outfielder to a one-year contract with an option for a second year. The signing marks the second time the All-Star will be managed by his dad Felipe, his skipper when playing with the Expos from 1992-96.

2007 Hoping he will continue to be a hot hitter at Kauffman Stadium (.415), the Royals sign free-agent Miguel Olivo (.237, 16, 60) to a one-year contract with a mutual option for the following season. The Marlins did not tender a contract to the 29 year-old backstop, the team's starting catcher for the past two seasons, after they acquired catching prospect Mike Rabelo in the blockbuster trade with the Tigers during the Winter Meetings.
2008 Adding speed at the top of their order and a superior glove in centerfield, the Reds sign Willy Taveras (.251, 1, 26) to a two-year contract. The 27 year-old speedster, who led the major leagues with 68 stolen bases last season, became a free agent earlier in the month when the Rockies declined to offer him a contract after the oft-injured outfielder spent two seasons with the team.
2013 The Rangers come to terms on a seven-year, $130 million deal with free-agent Shin-Soo Choo, who will join the recently acquired power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder, to provide more offense for the club. The 31 year-old outfielder, who compiled a .423 on-base percentage, hit .285 with 21 home runs and drove in 54 runs for the Reds last season.
2020 In a seven-player trade, the Cubs deal 34 year-old Yu Darvish and his personal catcher Victor Caratini to the Padres for right-handed starter Zach Davies and four minor league prospects: Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, Owen Caissie, and Ismael Mena. San Diego's addition of Darvish, last season's NL Cy Young runner-up, comes less than a day after the team obtains southpaw Blake Snell, another top of the rotation hurler from the Rays.

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