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This Day in Baseball History
March 14th

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1953 Joseph Darst vows to fight not to lose the hometown Browns to Baltimore. The St. Louis mayor's efforts will not be enough to prevent the franchise shifting cities when the team shareholders drop their suit against Bill Veeck and approve the move to the east coast after learning the club will be bankrupt if it stays put.
1954 Hank Aaron, filling in for Bobby Thomson, who broke his ankle yesterday, starts his first game wearing a Braves uniform. The 20 year-old from Mobile, Alabama makes such an impression when he collects three hits, including a home run, in the spring training game against Boston that the club offers him a major league contract.
1961 The Mets, who will play their inaugural season next year, lure former Yankee general manager George Weiss out of retirement to become the club's first president. The expansion team is believed to have been offered the iron-fisted executive a five-year deal at $100,000 annually, more than he ever earned during his 14 seasons with the Bronx Bombers.
1993 The Reds announce the St. Bernard owned by Reds president Marge Schott is being prohibited access to the Riverfront Stadium field for the season. The edict to ban Schottzie 02 comes from the MLB's Executive Council, who have received numerous complaints from the players about dogs running on the field.
1995 The players' union makes it clear if the owners use replacement players during regular season games, and the results count, the strike will continue. The NLRB also announces it will be charging MLB owners with two counts of unfair labor practices.
2003 Able to maintain the organization's "long-standing philosophy," which lets Cablevision customers choose whether or not to receive paid programming, the cable giant agrees to a one-year interim deal to offer YES Network to New York Yankees fans for a fee, ending a bitter and costly yearlong feud. The arrangement makes YES a premium channel, instead of a basic cable channel, which the new network had previously mandated and would have made every subscriber pay for the channel regardless of the viewer's choice.
2003 Vladimir Guerrero is suspended for three regular-season games and Marlin starter Brad Penny for five due to igniting an exhibition game bench-clearing brawl earlier in the week. After being hit in the chest by the Marlins' starter's first-inning pitch, the Expo All-Star outfielder, with his bat in his left hand, swung his right fist around Matt Treanor, the Florida catcher trying to restrain him, missing Penny, who retaliated with a punch which also missed its mark.

" 'Must be in the front row! "- BOB UECKER, a quip from beer commercials which has a become a famous cry in ballparks around the country.

Bob Uecker, the Brewers' TV/radio play-by-play announcer, is chosen for induction into the broadcasters' wing of the Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. The 68 year-old former backup catcher, a member of Milwaukee's broadcast crew since 1971, is best known for the humor he has brought to the game through his starring role in the cult movie Major League and the Miller Lite beer commercials.

2003 Dependent on passing a physical, free agent Kenny Lofton agrees to a one-year pact to play with the Pirates this season. The 35 year-old leadoff man would most likely start in center, moving Brian Giles to left field with left fielder Reggie Sanders going to right.
2006 Avoiding a trial scheduled to begin on opening day, Major League Baseball settles a lawsuit with an Atlanta-based company that claimed it owned the trademark rights to the name Washington Nationals. Bygone Sports LLC was sued by MLB, who asked the court to declare that the trademark for the name Nationals does not belong to the company, because its sole purpose in filing the September 2002 trademark application was to capitalize on the renaming of the team that recently shifted from Montreal to Washington.
2006 Terry Francona agrees to a two-year contract extension keeping the skipper at the helm through 2008. The Red Sox manager replaced Grady Little in December 2003 and promptly brought Boston to its first World Championship in 86 years.
2006 Washington, D.C. officials unveil the designs for a new home for the Nationals, scheduled to be opened in 2008. The glass-and-steel 41,000-seat ballpark will feature pale stone, chosen to complement the familiar skyline of the nation's capital.
2008 Randy Wolf, the Padres' new left-hander starter, struggles in a 6-2 spring training loss to the Brewers in Peoria, Arizona. The pitcher's brother, Jim, isn't much help as the home plate umpire, an occurrence which isn't allowed during a regular-season game and is the only time it has ever happened, as the San Diego hurler gives up three runs in four innings.

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