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1934

"Is Brooklyn still in the league?" - GIANTS' MANAGER BILL TERRY, speaking of the Dodgers' chances in the upcoming season.

During an interview with the NY press, Giants' manager Bill Terry wakes a sleeping giant when he jests, "Is Brooklyn still in the league?" The Orange and Black, tied for first place with two games to play, will finish second when Brooklyn, playing at the Polo Grounds, sweeps them in the final two games of the season, allowing the Cardinals, who will complete the campaign 13-2 to capture the National League pennant.

1943 The Braves buy future Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez, known as Goofy to his teammates, from the Yankees for $10,000. The southpaw will be released before playing a game with Boston, but will retire after pitching one more game when he allows four hits, four runs and walks five men hurling for the Senators, a team he joins in May, before leaving the contest with a pulled shoulder muscle.
1945 In one of the best sports business deals ever made, NFL Brooklyn Dodgers co-owner Dan Topping, real estate developer Del Webb, and baseball executive Larry MacPhail purchase 96.9% of the Yankees from the Ruppert estate for just $2.8 million. After the trio buys the remaining 3.12 percent in March for complete ownership, Topping and Webb will buy out MacPhail after two years, selling 80% of the Bronx Bombers to CBS after the 1964 season for $11.2 million.
1947 Houma (LA) Indians Bill Thomas, winner of all four games of his team's final-round victories, is among the five persons, including two of his teammates and his manager, put on baseball's ineligible list for allegedly betting on the 1946 Class D Evangeline League playoffs. The 41-year-old right-hander, the all-time minor league winningest pitcher with 383 wins, will be reinstated in 1949.
1949 Lou Boudreau signs a two-year contract worth $65,000 with the World Champion Indians to remain the team's player-manager. The future Hall of Famer will pilot the Tribe for nine years, six as a player, and compile a 728-649 (.529) record.
1966 Yankees shortstop Tony Kubek announces his early retirement, citing the improper healing of an injured nerve at the top of his spinal column impairing his reflexes. During the last game of the season, the nine-year veteran had gone 3-for-4 at Fenway Park, including a ninth-inning home run, now be remembered as the 29 year-old infielder's final big-league at-bat.

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1980 The formal introduction of Mets' new owners to the local media takes place at Shea Stadium's Diamond Club. Nelson Doubleday will be the new chairman of the board, replacing the outgoing Lorinda de Roulet, who will play no role in the franchise's future, and Fred Wilpon is named the president and CEO of the club.
1983 The White Sox trade pitchers Warren Brusstar and Steve Trout to the Cubs for Dick Tidrow and Randy Martz, shortstop Scott Fletcher, and first baseman Pat Tabler. Trout will prove to be the key player in the deal as the left-hander will post a 43-38 record during his five seasons on the north side of Chicago.
1997 The Devil Rays sign Gregg Blosser, the organization's first player with major league experience. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder, a Florida native, will never appear in a game for Tampa Bay.
1999 The Oakland A's sign former Yankee free-agent outfielder Tim Raines for $600,000. The 39 year-old future Hall of Famer batted .290 for the World Champs last season and had a .296 career batting average.
1999 After being aired on WOR, Channel 9 since the team's inception in 1962, Mets games this season will broadcast by WPIX, Channel 11. The Yankees games, which had aired for nearly 50 years on the Amazins' new station, will now be seen on Channel 5, a Fox affiliate.
2005 Carlos Delgado (.269, 32, 99) and Florida come to terms on a four-year, $52 million contract. The 32 year-old first baseman's deal stops the intense bidding war between the Marlins, Mets, Orioles, and the Rangers for the coveted free agent.
2006 The A's sign 37 year-old free-agent Frank Thomas to a $500,000, one-year deal. The two-time American League aging MVP gives Oakland the right-handed bat the team needs in the middle of their lineup.
2007 Willie Randolph, who brought New York within one game of a World Series appearance, agrees to a $5.65 million, three-year deal to continue as the Mets manager through 2008. The skipper's new deal doubles his present salary from $700,000 to $1.4 million.
2008 In an unusual move for the club, the Yankees, rather than waiting for a young talented player to become arbitration-eligible before negotiating a deal, offer Robinson Cano (.306, 19, 97) a six-year contract worth approximately $55 million. The 25-year-old second baseman will become eligible for free agency after the 2011 season if the team doesn't exercise its option in each of the following two seasons.
2008 After losing Torii Hunter and Carlos Silva to free agency and the possibility of trading Johan Santana, Twins fans rejoice when the club announces Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer have both signed long-term deals to stay in Minnesota. The 2006 AL MVP gets the richest contract in franchise history, $80 million for six years, and his teammate, Cuddyer, inks an agreement worth $24 million over three years.
2012 Five-time All-Star Jorge Posada catcher (.273, 275, 1,065) at an SRO Yankee Stadium news conference, announces his retirement after 17 major league seasons. The 40 year-old backstop joins Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte in retirement, leaving Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera as the remaining members of the core group of players that led the Bronx Bombers to four World Series titles in five years.

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