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

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Sources

1800s[]

  • 1894 - In Jacksonville, Florida, Gentleman Jim Corbett wins the heavyweight boxing championship in a disputed third-round knockout of Englishman Charlie Mitchell. The referee of the fight is "Honest" John Kelly, a former major league catcher, manager and umpire. Kelly will referee two more championship fights, in 1896 and 1899.

1900s-1920s[]

  • 1900:
    • Officials from the National League hold a secret meeting in Cleveland, supposedly to discuss dropping the Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville and Washington, DC franchises from the league roster.
    • The A.J. Reach Company is granted a patent for protective headgear known as the "Reach Pneumatic Head Protector." It won't gain acceptance, though a few players, notably Roger Bresnahan, will occasionally wear it.
  • 1913 - In a story in the New York Times, Detroit Tigers President Frank Navin blames the length of the games on the coachers boxes. Navin, reacting to American League President Ban Johnson's complaint that too many games the previous season had taken two hours to play, says the boxes should be moved back so that the catcher can give the pitcher his signals more quickly. From where they are now, he said, the coaching players can detect the catcher's signals unless he takes a lot of time to hide them. Navin said this slow signalling is the reason for the longer games.

1930s-1950s[]

  • 1955 - In an effort to speed up the game, major league baseball announces a new rule which requires a pitcher to deliver the ball within 20 seconds after taking a pitching position.

1960s-1990s[]

  • 1962 -The Southern Association announces that it is suspending operations. Plagued by dwindling attendance, the league lost franchises in Memphis and New Orleans during the past two seasons.
  • 1973 - Left handed pitcher Warren Spahn is elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Spahn, in his first year of eligibility, is named on 316 out of a possible 380 ballots. Spahn won a total of 363 games during a 21-year major league career.
  • 1980 - Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon head a group of investors which purchases the New York Mets from the DeRoulet family for a reported $21.1 million, then the highest price paid a major league franchise. the highest price paid to date for a ML baseball franchise. Doubleday, whose publishing company supplied 80 percent of the purchase price, and is also a relative of Abner Doubleday, will serve as chairman of the board, while Wilpon, a former teammate of Sandy Koufax's at Brooklyn's Lafayette High School, will serve as team president and chief operating officer.

2000s[]

  • 2000 - New York Yankees prospect D'Angelo Jiménez suffers a broken neck when a car he is driving in the Dominican Republic collides with a bus. Jiménez is not paralyzed but will miss the 2000 season. He figured to be the Yankees reserve infielder, taking over the role that Luis Sojo, now with the Pittsburgh Pirates, filled last season.
  • 2001 - Believed to be an historical first, sixty-eight major league umpires participate in a pre-season session to practice calling strikes as defined by the rule book. With the help of minor league players wearing tapes nine inches above their belts, the men in blue get a good look at pitches, normally called balls, which now will considered a strike as the correct interpretation of the zone will be enforced this upcoming season.

Births[]

Deaths[]

  • 1938 - Jim Mutrie, manager (b. 1851)
  • 1941 - Tommy Bond, pitcher (b. 1884)
  • 1953 - Ben Taylor, Negro League player (b. 1888)
  • 1969 - Tom Zachary, pitcher (b. 1936)
  • 1982 - Ben Shinikes, pitcher (b. 1903)
  • 1960 - Russ Ford, 1883)
  • 2006 - Carlos Martínez, infielder (b. 1964)
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