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This Day in Baseball History
December 28th

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1926 Bob O'Farrell is named to replace Rogers Hornsby as the Cardinal manager. The 'Rajah,' who guided the Redbirds to a World Championship as the team's player-manager last season, was traded to the Giants eight days ago for Frankie Frisch and Jimmy Ring.
1944 Buddy Lewis wins the Distinguished Flying Cross for his extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the China Burma India Theater. During World War II, the 28-year-old Senators' outfielder/third baseman flew more than 500 missions for the U.S. Army Air Force as a transport pilot.
1957 After Representative Kenneth B. Keating indicates Congress should reopen its sports hearing, CBS announces they will not broadcast major league games into any area during the time of a scheduled minor league game. The television network has agreed with six teams - Indians, Orioles, Phillies, Reds, White Sox, and Yankees - to telecast major league games nationally on Sundays next season.
1957 In a swap of first basemen, the Reds deal fan-favorite Ted Kluszewski to the Pirates for Dee Fondy, who will retire at the end of the season after hitting only .218 for Cincinnati. 'Big Klu' will play a season-and-a-half for his new team before being sent to the White Sox, where he will play a pivotal role for the eventual American League champions in 1959.
1983 Free-agent Warren Cromartie signs a $2.5 million contract with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The 30-year-old former Expo outfielder, considered the best American player to date to leave the majors in his prime to play in Japan, will compile a .321 batting average along with 171 home runs and 558 RBIs during his seven seasons with the Nippon team.

Amazon Slugging It Out in Japan: An American Major Leaguer
in the Tokyo Outfield

1994 In the century's fourth-largest trade, the biggest since 1957, the Astros and Padres exchange a dozen players. Houston sends Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine, Brian Williams, and a player to be named later (Sean Fesh) for Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Ricky Gutierrez, Pedro Martinez, Phil Plantier, and Craig Shipley.
1998 The Tigers acquire two players when the team signs free-agent Gregg Jefferies to a two-year contract and trades outfield prospect Luis Gonzalez to the Diamondbacks for Karim Garcia. The 31-year-old California native will finish his controversial 14-year major league career in Detroit with a lifetime .289 batting average.
2001 Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces the Yankees and Mets have reached a tentative agreement with the city to build a pair of $800 million, retractable-roof stadiums. Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, concerned if the Big Apple can afford the largest private-public venture in baseball history, will have the final word on the $1.6 billion costs of the proposed new ballparks agreements.
2005 The White Sox and starter Jon Garland (18-10, 3.50) sign a three-year, $29 million contract. The deal to stay with the 2005 World Series champions takes him off the profitable free-agent market next year, avoids salary arbitration, and keeps the 26-year-old right-hander in the city he loves.
2005 The Diamondbacks send Troy Glaus and highly touted infield prospect Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays in exchange for Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and starter Miguel Batista. Toronto's active off-season, in which the team has also signed starter A.J. Burnett, closer B.J. Ryan, and first baseman Lyle Overbay, convinced the third baseman to waive his limited no-trade clause.

10 Fact(s) Found