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February 24th

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1943 The Texas League, as will most minor leagues, announces the circuit will cease operations for the duration of World War II. The difficulty to travel and the lack of non-disabled men available to fill team rosters make suspending play a necessity.

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1948 The White Sox trade Ed Lopat to the Yankees for Aaron Robinson, Bill Wight, and Fred Bradley. The 29 year-old southpaw, called 'The Junkman' by his teammates, will spend eight seasons with the Bronx Bombers, compiling an impressive 113-59 (.657) record.
1966 The Braves sign the University of Southern California hurler Tom Seaver, but Commissioner William Eckert nullifies the contract due to rules that govern the signing of college players. The right-hander declared ineligible by USC will become available to any team, except Atlanta, willing to match the original contract in a lottery, an offer that only the Indians, Phillies, and Mets will submit bids.
1977 The A's trade Macon (GA) native Ron Fairly to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor leaguer Mike Weathers and cash. The 38 year-old first baseman/outfielder, who played with the Montreal Expos from 1969 to 1974, becomes the first major leaguer to appear with both Canadian teams, compiling a .277 batting average and hitting 105 home runs playing with clubs north of the border for seven seasons.

1986 Eleven weeks after Padres executives attempt to buy out his contract, only to be thwarted by team owner Joan Kroc, Dick Williams resigns as the Padres manager. The future Hall of Fame skipper, who captured an NL pennant in 1984 and compiled a 337-311 (.520) record during his four seasons in San Diego, will be replaced by Steve Boros.
1990 At the age of 45, former Red Sox fan favorite Tony Conigliaro dies of pneumonia and kidney failure. In 1965, the Revere, Massachusetts native became the youngest player ever to lead the American League in home runs when as a 20-year-old he hit 32 round-trippers.

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2003 In the wake of last week's death of 23 year-old Oriole pitcher Steve Belcher's death, Commissioner Bud Selig bans the use of ephedra in the minor leagues. Players on the current 40-man major league rosters can continue to use the substance because the new collective bargaining agreement's drug-testing rules ban only drugs of abuse and certain illegal steroids.

(Ed. Note: As a player on Baltimore's 40-man roster, the commissioner's action would not have prohibited Steve Belcher's use of ephedra. - LP)

2010 A Kansas man, who sat six rows behind the third-base dugout, files a lawsuit against the Royals due to being hit in the eye by a hot dog thrown by Sluggerrr, the team's mascot. The suit is seeking $25,000 in damages for injuries caused by the flying frank, which includes a detached retina and the development of cataracts in the left eye.

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