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1876 The National League forms with charter teams located in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. The Hartford Dark Blues will play its second season in Brooklyn as the Hartfords before disbanding in 1877.
1936 Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson are the first five men elected into baseball's new Hall Fame, scheduled to be open in 1939 as part of the game's celebration of its centennial. A claim made by the former 1905 Mills Commission, which proves to be erroneous, suggests that the national pastime was invented by Civil War hero Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, making the small village in upstate New York the perfect place for the induction of the legendary ballplayers.
1950 At a Boston sportswriters dinner, infielder Bobby Doerr receives the Fred Hoey Award, given by the scribes in memory of the first full-time broadcaster for both the Red Sox and the Braves. The scrappy second baseman's friend and Boston teammate, Ted Williams, surprises the gathering by attending the event wearing a tie.
1972 Lefty Gomez, a southpaw best known for his four 20-win seasons with the Yankees, and Ross Youngs, a popular outfielder for the Giants who compiled a lifetime .322 batting average before succumbing to kidney disease at the age of 30, are selected by the Special Veterans Committee to be enshrined in Cooperstown. The group also gives the nod to former American League president William Harridge, initially hired to fill a three-year term as an interim but will hold the position for the next 27 years.
1976 With his election into Cooperstown, umpire Cal Hubbard becomes the only person to be elected to both the baseball and football Halls of Fame. The big man from Keytesville, Missouri, named the all-time NFL's offensive tackle, played with the Giants, Packers, and Pirates (Steelers) during his ten-year career in the National Football League, and was inducted into the pro gridiron Hall of Fame in 1966.

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1976 The Veteran's Committee elect veteran umpire Cal Hubbard, third baseman/outfielder Freddie Lindstrom, one-time career, and home run champion Roger Connor to the Hall of Fame. The Waterbury Republican-American, the slugger's hometown newspaper, had heavily lobbied for their native son after Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth's record in 1974.

Roger Connor's Gravesite - St. Joseph's Cemetery
Waterbury Connecticut

1986 After returning from a three-year absence due to a knee injury, right-hander Dennis Leonard announces his retirement. The 35 year-old, a twenty-game winner in 1977, 1978, and 1980, compiled an 8-13record and a 4.44 ERA in his comeback attempt with the Royals.
1987 The Braves trade right-handed Craig McMurtry to the Blue Jays for second baseman Damaso Garcia and pitcher Luis Leal. The right-handers will never pitch for the new team, and Garcia will hit .117 in 21 games before being released by Atlanta.
1999 Padres' outfielder Greg Vaughn becomes the first player traded in major league history after hitting 50 home runs the previous season. The slugger is dealt to the Reds, along with Mark Sweeney for Reggie Sanders, Damian Jackson, and Josh Harris.

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2001 A fly ball will take approximately seven more feet to clear Camden Yards' fences this season due to the Orioles moving home plate. The field's new alignment will also cut down the amount of foul territory available, with the fair poles being almost flush against the left- and right-field corners.
2003 Red Sox manager Grady Little, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and first-base coach Dallas Williams appear at the Atrium Mall in Newton, modeling the team's new look, including solid red socks. The Red Sox socks have had very little red in recent years and haven't been entirely red for over fifty years.
2005 The Blue Jays announce the three-year corporate contract to rename the SkyDome to the Rogers Centre. The controversial change, revealed by Ted Rogers, President and CEO of Rogers Communications, proves unpopular with many fans, most of whom continue to refer to the Toronto ballpark by its original moniker.
2005 When Commissioner Bud Selig approves the deal and the 36 year-old slugger passing a physical, the much-heralded Sammy Sosa trade to the Orioles becomes final. The Cubs exchange 'Slammin' Sammy' for second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. and two minor-leaguers and agree to pay Baltimore $16.15 million of the remaining $25 million left on a four-year, $72 million contract signed in 2003.
2008 Filling a tall order, the Nationals avoid arbitration with Jon Rauch, signing the 6' 11" pitcher to a $3.2 million, two-year deal. The right-handed reliever, who led the big leagues with 88 appearances, compiled an 8-4 record with four saves while posting a 3.61 ERA in 87 1-3 innings of work.
2009 According to a report in The Sports Business Journal, MLB tax documents for the fiscal year ending October 31st, 2007, show Bud Selig receiving an $18.35 million salary. The compensation package, if correct, would make the commissioner better paid than most of the superstars in the game at the time, except for Jason Giambi, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Roger Clemens, all employed by the Yankees.
2011 Alexei Ramirez and the White Sox agree to a four-year, $32.5 million contract extension and a $10 million team option for an additional year. Earlier in the off-season, the Pale Hose picked up his option for 2011, coming to terms with the 29 year-old good-hitting shortstop with a base salary of $2.75 million.
2013

In front of a home crowd of 87 fans, the California Institute of Technology baseball team snaps a 228-game losing streak, beating Pacifica in a non-conference game, 9-7. The CalTech Beavers, whose last victory occurred on February 15th, 2003, haven't won a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest since 1988, a span of 463 games.

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2017

The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame elects Roy Halladay, who posted a 148-76 (.661) record during his dozen seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, and Vladimir Guerrero, a four-time all-star while playing for the Montreal Expos. Other inductees include past Baseball Canada president Ray Carter, the 2015 Canadian men's team that won gold at the Pan-Am Games, and the late Little League umpire Doug Hudlin.

2020 The NFL names Patrick Mahomes the MVP of Super Bowl LIV, after the 24 year-old quarterback leads a fourth-quarter rally in the Chiefs' 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The Kansas City QB's dad, Pat, compiled a 42-39 (.519) record pitching for five major league teams in 11 seasons, including posting an 8-0 record for 1999 Mets.

2021 In a baffling trade, the Rockies deal five-time All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals for pitchers Austin Gomber, Tony Locey, and Jake Sommers along with infielders Mateo Gil and Elehuris Montero. Colorado’s GM Jeff Bridich relationship with his eight-time Gold Glover, who vocally critized the front office over the team’s direction, deteriorated so quickly that the infielder waived a no-trade clause to go to St. Louis.

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