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This Day in Baseball History
March 27th

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1902 A Chicago Daily News headline reads, 'Manager of the Cubs is in Doubt Only on Two Positions,' marking the first time that the team's nickname has appeared in print. Although the moniker has been around since 1890, the Orphans, also once known as the Colts and White Stockings, will not officially adopt the Cubs as its new name until 1907.

1902 Chicago Daily News

1935 At Asahi Field, a pitching duel between Tokyo’s future Hall of Fame Russian pitcher Victor Starffin and San Jose Asahi's Russell Hinaga ends with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Russell Hinaga singles, plating the winning run to give the hometown Japanese American semi-pro team a 3-2 victory over the Tokyo Giants. The visitors, who will avenge their loss to the 'Morning Suns,' next year, are touring the United States to promote the formation of a professional Japanese league, which will be established in the Land of the Rising Sun next season.
1967 Giants' right-hander Juan Marichal ends his 29-day holdout when he becomes the third $100,000 major league pitcher in history, joining Dodger hurlers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. The 'Dominican Dandy' also reported to spring training late last season but proceeded to win his first ten games en route to a 25-6 record.

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Dominican Republic to Cooperstown

1973 Twins' right-hander Jim Perry becomes the first player to use the '10 and 5 rule' when he okays his trade to the Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. During his one season in Detroit, Gaylord's brother will post a 14-13 (.519) record along with an ERA of 4.03 in 35 appearances with the team.
1973 Hoping to make the team in spring training, right-hander Denny McLain is released by the Braves, in effect ending his career two days before his 29th birthday. During his ten-year major league tenure, the former 30-game winner compiled a 131-92 career record with an ERA of 3.39.
1981 Boston's Gold Glove catcher Carlton Fisk is declared a free agent by major league baseball, much to the chagrin of the Fenway Faithful. The 33 year-old backstop can now negotiate with other teams for his services because he received his contract from the Red Sox two days after the deadline.
1987 The Mets trade backup catcher Ed Hearn, right-hander Rick A. Anderson, and pitching prospect Mauro Gozzo to the Royals for David Cone and minor leaguer Chris Jelic. The 24 year-old right-hander, who will compile an 80-48 (.625) record during his first six seasons in New York, posts a 5-6 mark this season, with Hearn appearing in only 15 games for Kansas City.
1989 Sports Illustrated exposes Pete Rose's gambling activities. The article alleges 'Charlie Hustle' bet from the Riverfront Stadium dugout using hand gestures with an associate.

Amazon Sports Illustrated April 3, 1989 Issue

1992 The Brewers trade Gary Sheffield to the Padres for pitcher Ricky Bones and minor leaguers Jose Valentin and Matt Mieske. Sheffield, Milwaukee's first-round pick (sixth overall) in the 1986 draft, will hit .330 for his new team this season, winning the National League batting crown.
2002 After being told he would not be an everyday player, the Expos give 37 year-old Jose Canseco his unconditional release. The 1986 Rookie of the Year and 1988 MVP of the American League ends his 17-year career with 462 home runs while batting .266, playing with five different clubs in the Junior Circuit.
2002 The Cubs, in desperate need of a closer due to Tom Gordon's muscle tear, trade righties Julian Tavarez (10-9, 4.52) and Jose Cueto as well as southpaw Dontrelle Willis and catcher Ryan Jorgensen to the Marlins for Antonio Alfonseca (4-4, 28 saves) and right-hander Matt Clement (9-10, 5.05). Willis, next season's Rookie of the Year in the National League, will become a twenty-game winner for the Fish in 2005.
2008 At the start of spring training, Hideki Matsui, who already planned to be wed in a few weeks, a fact not known to the Bronx Bombers, makes a wager with some of his teammates about who would be the first to get married. A surprised Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu agree to pay off the bet after learning the Yankee slugger pulled a fast one on them by getting 'hitched' in New York on the club's off-day yesterday.

Amazon 2003 Studio Baseball Rookie Card Hideki Matsui

2009 In a Kansai Independent League game played at the Osaka Dome, knuckleballer Eri Yoshida makes her debut, becoming Japan's first female professional baseball player. The 17 year-old faces two batters on Opening Day, walking one and striking out the other, in the ninth inning of the Kobe 9 Cruise's 5-0 victory over the hometown Gold Villicanes.
2011 Boston starter Daisuke Matsuzaka will make a $1 million contribution to the Red Sox Foundation for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in his native Japan. The team's official charity has raised more than $1.3 million in response to the March 11th disaster, including personal donations from other Japanese players Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa, and Itsuki Shoda.
2011 The Nationals trade Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers in exchange for minor league infielder Cutter Dykstra and cash. Washington sends the light-hitting fleet-footed outfielder to Milwaukee to obtain the Class A minor league third baseman, the son of former major leaguer Lenny Dykstra.
2012 Embattled owner Frank McCourt agrees to sell the Dodgers to a group that includes former LA Lakers star Magic Johnson and former baseball executive Stan Kasten for $2 billion, the highest amount ever paid for a team in the history of professional sports. The sale price far exceeds the $1.47 billion Malcolm Glazer paid for the English soccer team Manchester United in 2005.

LA Times: Magic Johnson and investors
become new owners of L.A. Dodgers

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