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This Day in Baseball History
March 21st

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1908 Detroit outfielder Ty Cobb signs for $4000, with an $800 bonus if he hits over .300. The 21 year-old 'Georgia Peach' will finish the season with a league-leading .324 batting average for the first-place Tigers.
1936 The Reds trade first baseman Jim Bottomley for the Browns' utility player Johnny Burnett.
1943 The A's trade Bob Johnson to the Senators for Jimmy Pofahl and Bobby Estalella. The former Philadelphia's fan-favorite outfielder will make the All-Star squad for Washington and will receive consideration for the Most Valuable Player award.
1957 The owners will receive 9.3 million dollars in revenue for the 1957 TV-Radio rights. The breakdown includes $3.2 million for the World Series/All-Star rights, $1.26 million for two Saturday games of the week, and the remaining $4.84 million for local right fees.
1959 The Indians trade Larry Doby to the Tigers for Tito Francona. The deal turns out to be a great swap for the Tribe when their new outfielder hits .363, while Doby will play in just 16 games for Detroit.
1962 In a ceremony before the spring training game against New York in Clearwater, the Phillies honor the visiting Robin Roberts, who was sold to the Yankees in the off-season, by retiring his uniform number 36, the familiar numerals he wore for 14 seasons with Philadelphia. The future Hall of Fame right-hander starts the exhibition game against by giving up four runs in three innings but gets credit for the win in the Bronx Bombers' 13-10 victory over his former team.
1965 In an exhibition game, Gary Kroll and Gordie Richardson combine to keep Pittsburgh hitless for nine innings in the Mets' 6-0 win in St. Petersburg. The first no-hitter thrown during the regular season in franchise history won't occur until 2012 when Johan Santana accomplishes the feat against St. Louis.
1966 In a spring training game in Houston's Astrodome, the Dodgers and Astros become the first major league teams to play on artificial grass. The material, which will become known as AstroTurf, was developed by Monsanto to overcome the team's inability to grow grass indoors.
1968 The new American League team in Kansas City announces its nickname. The expansion club, which will join the circuit in 1969, will be now known as the "Royals," paying tribute to the Negro League Monarchs that played in the City of Fountains from 1920 through 1965.
1973 In an exhibition game against the Mets, Fritz Peterson appears in his first game since going public about swapping families with Yankee teammate Mike Kekich. Many of the 4,320 fans at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg roundly boo the 31 year-old southpaw, but he goes the first five innings, picking up the win in the Bronx Bombers' 6-2 victory over their cross-town rivals.
1975 Georgia Tech blanks Earlham (IN), 41-0, setting the NCAA mark for the largest margin of victory. In 1999, Nebraska will break the record, which had been equaled by West Chester (PA), with a 50-3 win over Chicago State at Buck Beltzer Stadium.
1978 In a surprise move, Padres manager Alvin Dark becomes the second manager ever fired during spring training after being told that he was having difficulties communicating with his players. San Diego names Roger Craig, the club's pitching coach, as the interim skipper.
2002 The Phillies make public the one-day regular-season suspension of Larry Bowa handed down by Major League Baseball vice president for on-field operations Bob Watson. The action comes as a result of the Philadelphia's manager's "inappropriate conduct toward the umpire" when he became enraged with the home plate umpire over two close calls on checked swings during an exhibition game against the Indians on March 9.
2011 Citing a lack of velocity and command, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announces the release of 29 year-old southpaw Oliver Perez, who is still owed $12 million on his deal. The roster move marks the second time in four days that the team has cut a player having a considerable contract, with second baseman Luis Castillo being asked to leave despite his $6 million price tag.
2013 Mets third baseman David Wright is named the captain of the team, joining John Franco, Keith Hernandez, and Gary Carter as the fourth player to be honored by the franchise. The 30 year-old infielder, who signed an eight-year, $138 million contract in November, will be one of the current three major leaguers, along with Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, to have the title with their club.

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