Happy 57th birthday to former MLB pitcher Greg Cadaret. He was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues in 1987, with the Oakland Athletics. He would pitch to a lifetime record of 38-32 with 8 different clubs. But he is wished well here as he was especially kind to us—and several Little Leaguers—at a baseball card show years ago.…
The Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm spent at 26, to the Cleveland Indians for $15,000. He will become an outfielder after one last, losing start on the mound, and play five more years. His batting “line” for the Tribe over 470 games would be .297/.374/.431
August A. Busch buys the Cardinals for $3.75 million and pledges not to move the team from St. Louis. In April of 2018, Forbes estimated the value of the franchise, currently owned by Bill DeWitt Jr. as approaching two billion dollars.
The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 in 1908, to the Cleveland Naps for pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan and $12,500. The namesake of the CY Young Award will win 19 games for the Naps in the coming season.
1967 Red Ruffing is selected for the Hall of Fame through a special runoff election since nobody received the required 75 percent vote in January. Ruffing won 273 games and pitched in seven World Series for the Yankees.
2002 The Detroit Tigers sign Dmitri Young, who hit .302 with 21 home runs for Cincinnati in ’01, to a four-year contract, after they traded for him in December. In 2003, his 167 hits will outpace his closest teammate by 53!
1981 Arbitrator Raymond Goetz supports the MLBPA grievance and declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent on the grounds that the club mailed his 1981 contract two days after the December 20 deadline. Fisk was signed by the White Sox on March 18, 1981.
1924 Clark Griffith picks 27-year-old second baseman Bucky Harris to manage the Washington Senators. Harris was 22 years old when he broke into MLB on August 28, 1919, with the Washington club. The Senators would win their only World Series championship in ’24 with Harris at the helm.
The St. Louis Browns sign Satchel Paige. The 45-year-old pitcher had been out of MLB since last pitching for the Indians in 1949. In 1971, twenty years to the day, Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10 the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues will formally select the fireballer for induction.