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This Day in Baseball History
December 8th

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1914 Afraid of losing his unsigned second baseman to the upstart Federal League, Connie Mack sells Eddie Collins to the White Sox for the hefty sum of $50,000. The A's have already lost Eddie Plank and Chief Bender to the new league.
1941 Yesterday's bombing of Pearl Harbor and America's sudden involvement in the war change the tentative plans of American League owners, who were considering shifting a franchise. At their meeting, the group was going to consider shifting the Browns from St. Louis to Los Angeles.
1947 Brooklyn acquires infielder Billy Cox and southpaw Preacher Roe from the Pirates, and both will play vital roles in the success of the Dodgers during the next decade. The trade, which also includes utility player Gene Mauch, sends hurlers Vic Lombardi and Al Gregg as well as Dixie Walker, a former batting champ who asked to be traded in the spring because he didn't want to play with Jackie Robinson, to Pittsburgh.
1961 The Mets purchase outfielder Richie Ashburn from the Cubs. The veteran outfielder, who will be the club's first-ever representative on the National League's All-Star team, will be given a boat after being named the Most Valuable Player of the last-place team, which unfortunately will sink before he uses it.
1966 The Yankees trade two-time MVP Roger Maris to the Cardinals for third baseman Charley Smith, who will hit only .224 during his two-year tenure in New York. The former Bronx Bomber outfielder will play a key role in the Redbirds' World Championship next season and will help the club win another pennant the following year.
1980 The first significant trade ever made at the annual winter meeting takes place in Dallas when Padres' reliever Rollie Fingers and Cardinals' catcher Terry Kennedy are the key players involved in an eleven-player swap.
1983 Southpaw Sid Fernandez is traded by the Dodgers, along with utility infielder Ross Jones, to the Mets in exchange for infielder/outfielder Bob Bailor and left-hander Carlos Diaz. 'El Sid' will compile a 98-78 record along with a very respectable ERA of 3.14 during his ten-year tenure with New York.
1988 Free-agent southpaw Bruce Hurst agrees to a three-year, $5.25 million deal to pitch for the Padres. The left-hander leaves the Red Sox, the only major league team he has known, after a compiling an 88-73 record during nine seasons with Boston.
1992 Former Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds signs the richest contract in major league history when he agrees to a $43-million, six-year deal to play for the Giants. The free-agent will not disappoint in San Francisco, winning the National League Most Valuable Player award, his third in four years, hitting a career-high .336 batting average to go along with 46 homers and 123 RBIs.
1992 Dr. Bobby Brown, a former Yankee infielder, is elected by the owners to be the president of the American League. Replacing Lee MacPhail, the heart specialist will serve in the post until 1994.
2005 After signing the two-time Gold Glove shortstop to a four-year, $40 million deal, the Red Sox trade Edgar Renteria to the Braves for third base prospect Andy Marte. The 30 year-old Colombian infielder, who led the majors with 30 errors last season, will help to fill the void created when Atlanta free-agent Rafael Furcal signed with the Dodgers earlier this week.
2005 The Pirates send southpaw Dave Williams (10-11, 4.41) to the Reds for Pittsburgh area native Sean Casey. The popular first baseman, dubbed 'The Mayor' because of his outgoing personality, becomes expendable as Cincinnati seeks to bolster its pitching to complement the team's heavy-hitting lineup.
2005 Julio Franco, the oldest player in the major leagues, signs a two-year deal with the Mets. The 47 year-old is the last active player who was born in the 1950s.
2007 In U.S. District Court, Barry Bonds pleads not guilty to five felony charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Four years ago, the sworn testimony to a grand jury given by the new home run king, in which he denied using performance-enhancing drugs, is now being challenged by the federal government.
2008 Receiving 10 of a possible 12 votes (83.3%), Joe Gordon is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. The 1942 Most Valuable Player, who played second base for the Yankees and Indians, was a nine-time All-Star and played on five World Series champion teams.
2009 As a result of a three-team, seven-player deal, Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson leave the Tigers to play for the Yankees and Diamondbacks, respectively, and New York right-hander Ian Kennedy is dealt to Arizona. The Bronx Bombers also send Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to Detroit, and the D-Backs deal Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Motor City.
2009 Peter Gammons, who won the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his outstanding work as a baseball journalist, announces he will be leaving ESPN to join the fledgling MLB Network as an analyst. The 64 year-old reporter says he will miss his former employer of the past twenty years, but is excited about working in a venue which is "devoted to baseball, and baseball only."
2009 Avoiding arbitration, Mark Teahen and the White Sox agree to a $14 million, three-year deal. The 28 year-old third baseman, acquired in a trade with the Royals last month for infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields, would have been eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.
2009 Chone Figgins (.298, 5, 54) and the Mariners finalized the $36 million, four-year deal which will bring the former L.A. Angel to Seattle. The 31 year-old infielder, who primarily played third, will switch to a new position if free-agent Adrian Beltre, the team's current third baseman, returns to the team after an injury-plagued season.
2011 In the first of their two major free-agent acquisitions today, the Angels sign former Texas ace C. J. Wilson to a five-year, $77.5 million deal. Later in the day, the 31 year-old southpaw will be delighted to hear one of his new teammates will be Albert Pujols, who will sign a 10-year deal with the Halos for a reported $254 million.
2011 The Angels reach an agreement with Albert Pujols on a 10-year deal for a reported $254 million. The three-time NL MVP, who has spent his entire career with Cardinals, has compiled a .328 batting average and hit 445 career home runs during his 11-year tenure in the major leagues.
2015 Amanda Hopkins is hired by the A's as a full-time major league scout, becoming the first female to hold that position in over seventy years. The 22 year-old former Central Washington University softball captain, whose dad is a scout, joins Edith Houghton and Bessie Largent, who held similar positions with the Phillies and White Sox, respectively, in the 1930s and 1940s.
2017 Shohei Ohtani, a prized Japanese pitcher as well a power hitter, comes to terms with the Angels with a very reasonable signing agreement. Los Angeles will place the 23 year-old Oshe native, one of the most widely-sought prospects in baseball history, atop their starting rotation and in the middle of their lineup.

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