N.L. President John Heydler rules that Rogers Hornsby cannot continue to both hold stock in the Cardinals and play for the Giants. In early 1927, Hornsby was able to sell his shares at $105 each, enabling him to officially become a Giant.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler fined the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies $500 each after it was discovered that they were attempting to sign high school players for the upcoming season.
Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, and Joseph Maney buy control of the Boston Braves and Casey Stengel is soon out as manager. In six seasons at the helm, the “Old Perfesser” had not been able to lift the talent-challenged Bees/Braves out of the second division.
Happy 84th birthday to Milwaukee’s own “Mr. Baseball,” Bob Uecker. No words can adequately describe this Brewers icon. He spent parts of six seasons in MLB with the Braves, Phillies and Cardinals. Here is hoping he has a GREAT day!
Neil Allen was born in Kansas City, Kansas. Allen was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1979, with the New York Mets. He eventually became the Amazin’s closer. Unwilling to part with Allen in a trade, the Mets sent Jeff Reardon to the Expos. Reardon would go on to save 152 games for…
Modern New York Yankees great Don Mattingly officially announces his retirement at a media conference in Yankee Stadium. In 14 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, “Donnie Baseball” hit to a slash line of .307/.358/.471
In a move that stuns New York Mets fans, the Chicago White Sox draft pitcher Tom Seaver as compensation for losing Type A free agent Dennis Lamp to the Blue Jays. The Mets left Seaver off their protected list, foolishly assuming that no team would select the aging star. He will win his 300th game in a White Sox uniform…
Happy 69th birthday to Jon Matlack of the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. Matlack, the 1972 NL Rookie of the Year, compiled 1,023 strikeouts and a 3.03 ERA in a seven-year run as one of the “Big Three” pitchers the New York Mets were built around in the 1970s, along with Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.
1973 Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team specifically to be a designated hitter. His slash line will be .289/.350/.444 with 20 HRs and 86 RBI in his one Beantown season.
1964 A.L. owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley’s proposal to move the Kansas City A’s to Louisville. Finley is given an ultimatum to sign a lease in Kansas City or lose his franchise. The Athletics will play four more seasons in Kansas City before moving to Oakland.