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Today in Baseball History
February 27th

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1912 The Yankees announce they will begin wearing pinstripes on their uniforms this year, abandoning the new look at the end of the season. After Jacob Ruppert buys the team, the vertical lines will appear permanently, making their return in a 5-1 loss to Washington during the team's home opener in 1915.

1948 Pirates legendary third baseman Pie Traynor and left-hander Herb Pennock to the Hall of Fame. The Pittsburgh infielder spent his 17-year career in the Steel City, compiling a .320 lifetime batting average, while the 'Knight of Kennett Square' posted a .590 win-loss percentage during his 22 seasons in the majors, including a 162-90 stint for the Yankees from 1923-1933.
1984 San Francisco trades pitcher Fred Breining and outfielder Max Venable to the Expos for first baseman Al Oliver. The Giants will trade the veteran infielder and Renie Martin to the Phillies for Kelly Downs and George Riley in August.
1985 The Yankees send second baseman Toby Harrah to Texas for outfielder Billy Sample and a player to be named later (Eric Dersin). The 36-year-old veteran infielder, an original Ranger, will replace Bobby Valentine as the club's manager, finishing the 1992 season with a 32-44 record.
1988 The Orioles trade third baseman Ray Knight to Detroit for pitcher Mark Thurmond. The 1986 World Series MVP, after he hits only .217, will retire at the end of the season, playing primarily as the Tigers' first baseman and DH.
1989 John Olerud, the Blue Jay's pick in the third round of the upcoming June Amateur Draft, undergoes brain surgery to remove an aneurysm. The Washington State University left-handed first baseman had collapsed on January 11 after a workout.
1998 From Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, WGN TV airs the funeral of beloved broadcaster Harry Caray, who spent 53 years behind the mike doing play-by-play for the A's, Cardinals, White Sox, and Cubs. The eulogies reflected the 83-year-old zest for life, with stories bringing joy and laughter from the crowd that included Billy Williams, Mark Grace, Ryne Sandberg, Rick Sutcliffe, Minnie Minoso, and former Bears coach Mike Ditka.

2003 The new Veterans Hall of Fame selection committee, consisting mostly of Hall of Famers, selects none of the 41 players, executives, and umpires under consideration. Gil Hodges is 11 votes shy of 75 percent needed for induction, receiving 50 votes of 81 votes cast (61.7%).
2006 In spring training intra-squad action, Koby Clemens goes deep off a 43-year-old non-roster pitcher given special permission to train with the Astros. In his next at-bat, the 19-year-old minor leaguer gets brushed back with an inside fastball by the 300-game winner, his dad, Roger.
2006 Effa Manley is among the 17 significant historical figures from the Negro Leagues elected by a select committee for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Newark Eagles executive, known as the Boss, will become the first woman enshrined in Cooperstown.
2008 The White Sox wear Northern Illinois University baseball caps in their spring training opening game, honoring the victims of a campus shooting rampage earlier this month. After the contest, the players autograph their hats, which will be auctioned off at NIU to benefit a scholarship fund in memory of the five students killed in the attack.

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