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1907 After watching Ty Cobb quarrel with a black groundskeeper and with teammate Charlie Schmidt, Tiger manager Hugh Jennings tries to deal him to the Indians for outfielder Elmer Flick. The Tribe's manager Napoleon Lajoie turns down the deal for the 'Georgia Peach.'
1908 Pirates legend Honus Wagner announces the upcoming season will be his last as a major league player. The 34 year-old Pittsburgh shortstop will lead the National League in batting average, hits, total bases, doubles, triples, RBIs, and stolen bases during his final campaign.

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1932 Babe Ruth signs a deal for $75,000, a five-thousand pay cut from last season because of the Depression, and 25 percent of the net receipts from Yankees exhibition games. Legend has it the Bambino signed a blank contract, with the amount filled in later by Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert. (Ed. Note: In 2019, the contract was sold at an auction for nearly $300,000. - LP)
1953 The American League rejects Bill Veeck's request to shift the Browns to Baltimore, voting 6-2 to keep the failing franchise in St. Louis. The lack of support from his fellow owners, except for Charles Comiskey of the White Sox, is an effort to oust the independent-minded maverick from the Junior Circuit.
1961 The state of New York approves a bond issue for the construction of a 55,000-seat stadium on the site of the 1939-40 World's Fair in the Queens Flushing Meadow area. The ballpark will be named Shea Stadium to honor William Shea, a lawyer who was instrumental in bringing the National League back to New York.
1994 Former major league starter Eric Show dies of an accidental drug overdose in his room at the Rancho L'Abri Drug and Alcohol treatment center. The 37 year old right-hander finished his 11-year career with Oakland, pitching the first ten years with the Padres, where he established the franchise record for most career wins (100) when he left the team as a free agent in 1990.
2001 Slammin' Sammy Sosa signs a four-year contract extension keeping the Cub right fielder in the Windy City until 2006. The prolific home run hitter has averaged nearly sixty home runs (179 HRs/3 years) during the last three seasons.
2006 At Angel Stadium in front of 38,284 enthusiastic fans, Oliver Perez and seven relievers combined to lead Mexico to a stunning defeat of Roger Clemens and the United States, 2-1. The second round loss eliminates Team USA from the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
2006 Roy Halladay (12-4, 2.41) agrees to a $40 million, three-year contract extension which could keep the 'Doc' with the Blue Jays through the 2010 season. The 2003 American League Cy Young winner's season was cut short after getting drilled by a line drive hit by Ranger Kevin Mench, resulting in a broken leg.
2006 At the 5:00 p.m. EST airing of the show Daily News Live!, the Mets begin transmission of Sportsnet New York, which will become better known as SNY. The club modeled the team-owned network after similar regional cable television ventures by the Red Sox (NESN, 1984) and the Yankees (YES, 2002).
2010 The Red Sox announce 19 year-old prospect Ryan Westmoreland has undergone a five-hour surgical procedure to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain. The highly touted minor league outfielder received the diagnosis at Mass General after leaving minor league camp earlier this month.
2010 Former L.A. outfielder Willie Davis, the team leader in hits, extra-base hits, and runs, is fondly remembered by his family and friends, including many teammates, in a memorial service held at Dodger Stadium. The 69 year-old, known as 3 Dog, was found dead in his home last week.
2015 The Grapefruit League game between the Phillies and Twins marks the first time two current Hall of Fame players have managed against each other. Minnesota manager Paul Molitor, enshrined in 2004, opposes Philadelphia skipper Ryne Sandberg, an inductee a season later.

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