Houston voters approve a bond to finance the construction of a luxury domed stadium, clearing the final hurdle standing between the city and Major League Baseball. Construction on the stadium began in 1962, and it officially opened in 1965. The stadium will be known as the Astrodome, and will be nicknamed the “8th Wonder of the World.” It served as home…
Former pitcher Addie Joss and former executive Larry MacPhail are voted into the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Joss pitched Cleveland between 1902 and 1910. He pitched the fourth perfect game in baseball history, and his 1.89 career earned run average (ERA) is the second-lowest in MLB history.
Major League Baseball signs a six-year All-Star Game contract for TV-radio rights for $6 million. A number of owners criticize lame-duck Commissioner A.B. “Happy” Chandler, believing that in a couple of years, the broadcast rights would be worth much more than $1 million per year.
The New York Giants sign their first black players: Negro Leaguers Monte Irvin and pitcher Ford Smith. Both men are assigned to Jersey City. Irvin will go on to star for the Giants, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Ford Smith never reached MLB.
Philadelphia sends veteran shortstop Larry Bowa and minor league infielder Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Bowa and DeJesus will have a few more productive seasons in the major leagues, but the 22-year-old Sandberg will become one of the best-hitting second baseman of all time. In 1984, he will lead the Cubs to their first appearance…
Happy birthday to Milwaukee’s “Mr. Baseball, ” Bob Uecker! Bob was born on Friday, January 26, 1934, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 13, 1962, with the Milwaukee Braves. And he continues to be one of the most entertaining baseball announcers in his job with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The San Diego Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin and an estimated $125,000 in cash to the Texas Rangers for aging pitcher Gaylord Perry. Perry will win the N. L. Cy Young Award with San Diego in 1978, going 21-6 with a 2.73 ERA.
Happy 60th birthday to Neil Allen. He was born on Friday, January 24, 1958, in Kansas City, Kansas. Neil was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1979, with the New York Mets. The Mets drafted Allen out of Bishop Ward High School, in the eleventh round of the 1976 Major League Baseball draft. He went 10-2 with a…
Joe “Ducky” Medwick is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals during the “Gashouse Gang” era of the 1930s, Ducky won the Triple Crown in 1937 and batted. 300 or over in 14 of 17 seasons. In 2014, he became a member of the inaugural class of the St. Louis Cardinal Hall of…
As a result of the Players Association’s 1985 collusion suit against the owners, arbitrator Thomas Roberts declares seven players no-risk free agents until March 1, giving them a chance to sign with other clubs despite already having contracts. The seven are Kirk Gibson, Carlton Fisk, Donnie Moore, Joe Niekro, Butch Wynegar, Tom Brookens, and Juan Beniquez.