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This Day in Baseball History
March 1st

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1903 The rules committee sets the height of the pitcher mound (box) to a maximum of fifteen inches. In 1969, the maximum height will drop to ten inches as the result of last season's dominating pitching which saw batting averages plummet to all-time lows.
1909 The Pirates begin construction of a new ballpark near Schenley Park near the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The spacious state-of-the-art venue, named Forbes Field in honor of a pre-Revolutionary British general, will never have a no-hitter thrown in its spacious confines during the sixty-one years the Bucs call the ballpark home, a span of more than 4,700 games.
1947 Father Vincent Powell announces the diocese's Catholic Youth Organization will no longer participate in the Dodgers' Knothole Club, stating the church cannot continue to have their youngsters associated with the team's manager, Leo Durocher. The monsignor, who has been the director of the local CYO since 1940, believes the Brooklyn skipper "represents an example in complete contradiction" to the faith's moral teachings.
1949 To get a rental increase from their Sportsman's Park's tenants, the Browns move to evict the Cardinals. The Redbirds accuse the owners of breaking the lease, and as the season approaches, it is uncertain where the National League team will play its home games.
1954 On the first day of spring training, Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams breaks his collarbone. The Boston superstar will miss the first four weeks of the season.
1961 Six weeks after leaving the Oval Office, former President Dwight Eisenhower jokes with the Angel players before an intra-squad game. Ike will sit in the dugout with the newly established expansion team during its five-inning scrimmage.
1967 Commissioner General William Eckert approves the BBWAA's plan to select a Cy Young Award recipient from both the National League and American League. The honor, initiated in 1956, had been given to just one pitcher in the major leagues each season, a position strongly supported by former commissioner Ford Frick.
1969 Citing "I can't hit when I need to", Mickey Mantle announces his retirement, thus ending his fabled Hall of Fame career. The oft-injured Yankee slugger ranks third, behind Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, on the all-time home run list with 536 round-trippers, and finishes his 18-year stay in the majors with a .298 batting average.
1987 Charlie Kerfeld and the Astros finally agree on a one-year contract worth $110,037.37 and 37 boxes of orange Jello, planned to be used future pranks. The Houston reliever, who wears number 37, insisted he earned more than right-hander Jim DeShaies, and the reliever's new deal pays him $37.37 more than his teammate.
1993 Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, two and half years after accepting a life-long ban from being involved in the day-to-day operation of the team, is reinstated by major league baseball. 'The Boss' had been exiled from baseball by commissioner Fay Vincent in 1990 for hiring Howie Spira, a known gambler, to snoop into the life of star outfielder Dave Winfield.
1994 Leonard Coleman, MLB's executive director of market development, is elected the National League president, replacing the retiring Bill White. The position is eliminated in 1999 making the former banker the last person to hold the position.
1995 In an evening exhibition game played in Tempe, the Angels, using replacement players, beat the Arizona State University Sun Devils squad, 13-5. The contest marks the first time since 1912 that replacement players participate in a major league game, and the only time the team has worn big league uniforms.
1999 In the episode "Big Shots" of the television show Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano's character, the fictional Newsday sports writer Ray Barone is kicked out of an event honoring the Mets' 1969 World Series championship team. The Hall of Fame security guards lose their patience when the title character, who insists on using his journalist's credentials to avoid the wait, refuses to get in line with the fans waiting to meet their heroes, including Tug McGraw and Art Shamsky.

2005 Deciding not to file as a free agent at the end of the season, Tim Hudson (12-6, 3.53) agrees to a four-year, $47-million contract extension with his new team, the Braves. The 29 year-old right-hander, acquired in a trade with Oakland in the off-season, grew up near Atlanta and rooted for the local team as a youngster.
2005 Construction for an additional 1,790 bleacher seats at Wrigley Field will begin at the end of the season and completed in time for Opening Day 2006. A deal is reached for the expansion when the Cubs agree to pay the city $3.1 million before the start of work and by contributing funds for a local school park and a $400,000 traffic signal system near the ballpark.
2007 Texas announces their home stadium will now be called Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. A crisis in the subprime mortgage industry caused Ameriquest to give up its naming rights last month after reaching a 30-year deal with the team in 2004 that was reported to be worth about $75 million.
2009 Insisting there was no wrongdoing on his part, Jim Bowden resigns as the general manager of the Nationals. The Washington GM is part of a federal probe investigating scouts and executives for accepting kickbacks from baseball bonuses intended for players signed in Latin America.
2012 After spending 15 seasons including serving as the team captain for the past seven, Red Sox backstop Jason Varitek, announces his retirement, leaving only Carl Yastrzemski (23), Ted Williams (19), and Jim Rice (16) with longer tenures with the team without playing for another franchise. The venerable catcher, ninth on the all-time franchise list with 1,546 games, is the only major leaguer to have played in the Little League World Series, the College World Series, the World Series, the Olympics, and the World Baseball Classic.
2012 Yadier Molina signs a five-year extension with the Cardinals worth $75 million, an agreement that will keep the Gold Glove catcher with the world champions through 2017. This new contract, which takes effect next season, includes a mutual $15 million option that could add another year to the deal.

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