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This Day in Baseball History
March 23rd

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1938 Commissioner Landis releases seventy-four Cardinal minor leaguers from a total of six teams, with their owners fined $2,176. The Redbirds, contrary to the rules, controlled the players in two clubs in each of the three Class D leagues in 1936 and each of four Class D leagues in 1937.
1951 Brooklyn signs a 21-year lease with the City of Vero Beach to use an abandoned naval base as their spring training facility, which will become known as Dodgertown. The site will be the team's Grapefruit League home through the 2008 season, with exhibition games taking place at the 6,000-seat Holiman Stadium.
1959 The Cardinals trade Sam Jones to the Giants for first baseman/outfielder Bill White and third baseman Ray Jablonski. The right-hander, who is called Toothpick Sam by his teammates, will be the runner-up for the Cy Young Award this season, posting a 21-15 record along with an ERA of 2.83 for San Francisco.

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1962 The Phillies trade third baseman Andy Carey and second baseman Lou Vassie to the White Sox for right-hander Cal McLish, who will post an 11-5 record for the seventh-place club. Chicago then trades Carey, who will retire at the end of the season after appearing in 53 games, to the Dodgers for infielders Ramon Conde and Jim Koranda, who play in a total of 14 major league games.
1963 On the day he is fitted for his big-league Orioles uniform, 23 year-old Steve Dalkowski, pitching in an exhibition against the Yankees, feels something pop in his left elbow, losing feeling in his hand while facing Bobby Richardson. The fireballer from New Britain, Connecticut, who once struck out 24 batters in a minor league game, will never appear in the major leagues.

1973 The Cardinals play three Cruz brothers, Cirilo, Hector, and Jose, all nine innings in the outfield during the team’s 9-2 spring training victory over New York at Al Lang Field. The trio Puerto Rican siblings, who personally outscore the Mets, bat first, second, and third in the Redbird’s lineup, making all three outs in the first and eighth frames.
1978 The Mets deal 34 year-old Bud Harrelson to Philadelphia for cash and minor league call-up Freddie Andrews, an infielder who will never play another game in the major leagues. The popular shortstop, as a 12-year veteran, could have vetoed the trade but chose to go Philadelphia to play for a contending team.
1990 Howard Spira, who was paid $40,000 by George Steinbrenner in January to dig up dirt on outfielder Dave Winfield, is arrested by the FBI for trying to extort money from the Yankees owner. Commissioner Fay Vincent bans the Boss from playing any role in the team's day-to-day operations for thirty months, upon learning about the arrangement with the Bronx gambler.
2009 Thanks to Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki's two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning, Japan defeats South Korea, 5-3, to win its second consecutive World Baseball Classic title. South Korea, the reigning Olympic champion, had tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth on Lee Bum-ho's two-out RBI single off Japanese closer Yu Darvish in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 54,846 at Dodger Stadium.
2009 The Miami-Dade County commissioners approve the final documents necessary to move forward on the Marlins' new 37,000-seat home, planned to be located on the present grounds of Miami's Orange Bowl. The long-anticipated retractable-roof ballpark will become a reality in 2012, with the team breaking ground this July.
2019 After acquiring Paul Goldschmidt in an offseason trade with the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals sign him to a five-year (2020-24) contract extension. The National League All-Star first baseman's contract, reportedly worth $130 million, is the largest in club history, surpassing seven-year, $120 million deal for left fielder Matt Holliday before the 2010 season.

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