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

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Sources

1800s

  • 1895 - Baseball officials discuss the possibility of reinstating the old pitcher's distance. They are dismayed by the explosion of offense, which resulted in "long drawn out and uninteresting contests…. Besides the brainy pitcher of former days would be given another chance to display his ability in the science of the game."

1900s

1910s

  • 1919 - The St. Louis Cardinals name team president Branch Rickey as manager, replacing Jack Hendricks. Under Rickey’s leadership, the last-place Cardinals will improve only slightly in the standings, finishing seventh in 1919.

1920s

1930s

  • 1931:
    • The Boston Braves release veteran pitcher Johnny Cooney. He had held out in 1930, insisting he could bat well enough to stay in baseball. After several years in the minors, Cooney will return to the National League as a Braves outfielder and be runner-up to NL batting champ Pete Reiser in 1940.
    • The International League accepts the open draft imposed by the major leagues. Until this time the top minor leagues could control their players and refuse to sell them.
    • Another Oakland Oaks star, Buzz Arlett, long coveted by ML teams and long withheld by Oakland, is sold to the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1932 - Chicago Cubs owner William Wrigley dies at the age of 70 in Phoenix, Arizona. Wrigley had owned the team since 1919. Wrigley’s son Philip inherits controlling interest in both the Cubs and the minor league Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, but will leave most of the daily operations to Cubs president William Veeck.

1940s

1950s

  • 1952 - Because of poor attendance, the Canadian-American League suspends operations for its 1952 season. This is one of seven minor leagues that will not operate this year, dropping the total from 50 to 43. The Korean War military obligation is the primary reason.

1960s

  • 1960 - Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Jensen announces his retirement, only months after enjoying one of his best seasons hitting 28 home runs, 112 RBI, and a .277 average. Jensen’s fear of flying plays a part in his decision to leave the game. In 1961, Jensen will return to the Red Sox before retiring once again.
  • 1963 - Major League Baseball’s Rules Committee increases the size of the strike zone. The zone will stretch from the top of the batter’s shoulders to the bottom of the knees. The committee hopes the return to the 1950s strike zone will result in a decrease in runs scored.

1970s

1980s

  • 1989 - The tougher balk rules initiated last season are rescinded and are replaced by the pre-1988 rules.

1990s

  • 1995 - MLB players and owners are told by President Clinton to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by February 6.

2000s

  • 2001:
    • The June 8-10 (Arlington) and June 15-17 (Houston) interleague games between the Astros and Rangers will be known as the Lone Star Series. It will be first time ever the two Texan teams have ever played one another during the regular season.
    • Free agent infielder Luis Alicea is signed by the Kansas City Royals.

Births

  • 1853 - Billy Barnie, manager (d. 1900)
  • 1874 - Kaiser Wilhelm, pitcher (d. 1936)
  • 1884 - Tubby Spencer, catcher (d. 1945)
  • 1886 - Hick Cady, catcher (d. 1946)
  • 1886 - Frank Owens, catcher (d. 1958)
  • 1902 - Johnny Frederick, outfielder (d. 1977)
  • 1904 - George Blaeholder, pitcher (d. 1947)
  • 1906 - Charlie Gelbert, infielder (d. 1967)
  • 1927 - Bob Nieman, outfielder (d. 1985)
  • 1935 - Bob Uecker, catcher
  • 1943 - César Gutiérrez, infielder (d. 2005)
  • 1955 - Brian Doyle, infielder
  • 1962 - Rick Schu, infielder
  • 1967 - Jeff Branson, infielder
  • 1967 - Tim Pugh, pitcher
  • 1978 - Esteban German, infielder
  • 1980 - Antonio Pérez, infielder

Deaths