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

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1800s[]

  • 1882 - At its first annual convention, the American Association establishes the first permanent staff of umpires in major league history. Previously, the National League and AA umpires were local men hired on game day by the home club.

1900s[]

  • 1900 - Suffering from a drop in attendance in 1900, National League owners vote to cut costs with a 16-player limit after May 1. The Players Association claims the move is aimed at pressuring players into signing by shrinking the number of jobs.
  • 1901 - Suffering from too much infighting and no leadership, four National League clubs elect A.G. Spalding as president. Two days later, a court voids the election and enjoins him from serving, and he will eventually quit.

1910s[]

  • 1911:
    • Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the World Series be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, ten percent of the gross went to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the two pennant-winning clubs. The National League will pass the resolution and send it to the American League. It marks the beginning of changes that ultimately give players of the first four clubs a percentage of the World Series money.
    • The earned run average (ERA) is adopted as an official statistic.
  • 1914 - Former New York Giants mascot (and "pitcher") Charlie (Victory) Faust is confined to the Western Hospital for the Insane. He will die there of pulmonary tuberculosis on June 15, 1915.

1920s[]

  • 1922:
    • In a joint meeting, the ban on nonwaiver trades after June 15 is approved. The National League favors a 50-player limit until June 15, the American League votes for 40. Judge Landis breaks the deadlock in favor of 40. Compensation of World Series umpires is changed from a percentage of the players' pool to a flat $2,000.
    • Still smarting over the rejection of the official scorer's decision in the Ty Cobb case, the national baseball writers' group meets and votes to back the New York group's protest. Fred Lieb, who had filled in the Associated Press box score giving Cobb the disputed hit, asks Ban Johnson to revise the records to .399 for Cobb. Johnson complains of not receiving box scores from some writers, who are appointed by the clubs as official scorers.

1930s[]

  • 1932:
    • William A. Heydler is elected to another four-year term as president of the National League.
    • The Washington Senators trade Sam West, Lloyd Brown, Carl Reynolds, and $20.000 cash to the St. Louis Browns for Goose Goslin, Fred Schulte, and Lefty Stewart. Washington also get Earl Whitehill from the Detroit Tigers for Firpo Marberry and Carl Fischer.
  • 1933:
    • Goose Goslin of the Washington Senators is send to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for John Stone.
    • In an extended trade, the St. Louis Browns acquire Smead Jolley, Ivy Andrews, and $40,000 from the Boston Red Sox for Carl Reynolds. St. Louis then sends Jolley, plus Jim Levey and Wally Hebert to Hollywood (PCL) for Alan Strange. Strange will go to the Senators for Lyn Lary before the end of the season. Levey, meanwhile, will return east in the fall to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he will play halfback for three seasons.
  • 1938 - Major league teams adopt several resolutions. The National League allows the Cincinnati Reds to play their season opener one day before other teams, as a way of honoring the 100th anniversary of baseball and of the 1869 Red Stockings being the first professional team. In other news, Will Harridge is re-elected as American League president and given a 10-year term. The AL permits the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics to play night games. Finally, ML agree on a standard ball but disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Judge Landis will eventually decide on 25.

1940s[]

1950s[]

  • 1950 - MLB owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees) and Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select a new commissioner as soon as possible. In a close vote, 9-7, Happy Chandler's contract was not renewed three days earlier to serve a third term as baseball's leader.

1960s[]

  • 1960 - The two new American League franchises, the first expansion teams in over a half of a century, select their rosters in the first ever expansion draft. The Los Angeles Angels make New York Yankees pitcher Eli Grba the first selection of the draft, and the 'new' Washington Senators follow by tabbing another Yankee pitcher, Bobby Shantz. Among the Angels selections also are Jim Fregosi (SS), Ted Kluszewski (1B) and Albie Pearson (OF). Washington selections include Chuck Hinton (OF), Gene Woodling (OF) and Hal Woodeshick (P).

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  • 2004 - The District of Columbia Council's decision requiring private financing for at least fifty percent of the construction costs of the Washington Nationals new ballpark may jeopardize the team's tenure in Washington, D.C. The 7-6 vote in favor of this new provision clearly breaks the agreement MLB negotiated with the city to land the former Montreal Expos franchise in the nation's capital.

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