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The following are the events that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball.

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  • 1970 - The Milwaukee Brewers play their first home game after their recent relocation from Seattle where they had played the 1969 season as the Pilots. The Brewers lose to the California Angels, 12–0, as major league baseball returns to Milwaukee after a five-year absence.
  • 1971 - The dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against MLB is upheld by a three-judge U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • 1978 - The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds an earlier court decision in support of Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley in June 1976. Finley's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court will be rejected on October 2.

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  • 1983 - MLB, ABC, and NBC agree to terms of a six-year television package worth $1.2 billion. The two networks will continue to alternate coverage of the playoffs, World Series, and All-Star Game through the 1989 season with each of the 26 clubs receiving $7 million per year in return. The last package gave each club $1.9 million per.

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  • 1996 - National League umpire Eric Gregg is given a leave of absence following a meeting between American League president Gene Budig, National League president Len Coleman, and umpires union head Richie Phillips. Gregg, listed at 325 pounds but visibly heavier, makes the decision in the aftermath of the Opening Day death of fellow umpire John McSherry, who succumbed to a massive heart attack. The NL hopes that Gregg will lose weight and improve his health during the layoff.
  • 1998 - On the same day that major league baseball returned to Wisconsin 28 years earlier, National League baseball returned to Milwaukee for the first time in 32 years. It's a complicated story with a happy ending: The Milwaukee Braves were an National League team that moved to Atlanta in 1966, and the Seattle Pilots, who formed as an American League west expansion team in 1969, moved to Milwaukee and played their first game as the Brewers on April 7, 1970. Five years after their team owner, Bud Selig, became commissioner of baseball, the Brewers became an National League club. And on this day they were 6–4 winners over the Expos in their home opener.

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    • The Tampa Bay Devil Rays retire uniform No. 12 in honor of Wade Boggs. Although the former Red Sox and Yankees third baseman only spent just two seasons with Tampa Bay, he hit the franchise's first home run and became the 23rd member of the 3,000-Hit Club as a member of the team.
    • In 15 games, a record total of 57 home runs are hit in the major leagues - two more than the August 13, 1999 mark established in 17 games. The 36 American League homers set the record for a league in one day, surpassing the previous mark by six.
    • The Astros play a regular-season game outdoors in Houston for the first time since 1965 as the team opens Enron Field with a 6–1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
    • Berley W. Visgar is sentenced to 90 days in jail and is fined $1,000 by Circuit Judge Michael Brennan for going on Milwaukee County Stadium's field last season and jumping onto the back of Astros' outfielder Bill Spiers. Although Visgar has no prior criminal record, the judge believes a harsh sentence will hopefully stop fans from similar actions in the future.
  • 2003 - Seven months before a November deadline, the Boston Red Sox exercise their 2004 contract option on Pedro Martínez, making him the highest paid pitcher for a season in major league history. A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Martínez will earn $17.5 million in the next season.
  • 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagné will have surgery to remove a nerve from his pitching elbow – his second arm operation in less than a year – leaving his season in doubt. Gagné saved 152 games for the Dodgers from 2002–04 and was a near-unanimous winner of the National League Cy Young Award in 2003. He had a 1-0 record with a 2.70 ERA and eight saves while appearing in 14 games in 2005.

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