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

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October

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November

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1800sEdit

  • 1860 - Sam Thompson is born in Danville, Indiana. An outstanding slugger and a fine right fielder in the dead ball era, Thompson will collect 200 or more hits three times, finishing his 15-season majors career with a lifetime mark of .336, 126 home runs, and 1299 RBI, including an NL batting crown (1887) and two home run titles (1889 and 1895). Thompson will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1974.
  • 1888 - The American Association meets in Brooklyn, New York, and votes to make use of turnstiles mandatory at all entrances to its parks.
  • 1889 - Both the NL and American Association hold their spring meetings to adopt their schedules. The NL also hires a fifth umpire at a salary of $200 per month. The AA, to the surprise of many, does not adopt the NL's salary classification system.

1900-1920sEdit

  • 1901 - The American League approves a 14-player limit to go into effect 14 days after the start of the season. As noted by Cliff Blau, the limit is changed at the last minute, the deadline postponed for two weeks, and the limit increased to 15 players by Ban Johnson, after six teams request the change.
  • 1916 - The NL meeting of February 1916 announces that it has come to the league's attention that "some of the diamonds" don't measure properly. On this day, John Heydler's office circulates to clubs the news of the Chicago Cubs' pitching distance, and orders an engineer's certification.
  • 1922 - New York Yankees star Babe Ruth becomes the highest paid player in history when he signs a three-year contract that will pay him over $50,000 per season. In 1921, Ruth led the AL with 59 home runs and 171 RBI.

1930sEdit

  • 1936 - The St. Louis Cardinals — without the brothers Paul and Dizzy Dean, who are once again holdouts — visit Cuba and are beaten by the Cuban all-stars. Luis Tiant, Sr., whose son Luis Jr. will win 229 ML games, is the starting pitcher for the Cubans.

1940sEdit

  • 1941 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Larry MacPhail issues instructions that all Dodgers players must live in Brooklyn. MacPhail is also campaigning for visiting teams to stay in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan.
  • 1942 - Variety, the weekly entertainment magazine, wades in against "droopy drawers" in baseball. "Joe DiMaggio and Carl Hubbell are the silliest looking pair we've seen. Way back in the days when the speed boys were stealing 40 to 90 bases a year, you'll remember they used to roll their pants just below the knee. Now they've got 'em almost to their shoes. The theory here is that the constriction inherent in the new style can slow a player a full stride getting to first."

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1960sEdit

  • 1962 - Cincinnati Reds third baseman Gene Freese will be out until August 17 due to a severe ankle fracture suffered in the team's first intrasquad game.
  • 1964 - Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. says he has a verbal commitment from a major league baseball club to move there if a stadium is ready by 1965. Funding for a $15M stadium is approved the next day by the city Board of Aldermen.
  • 1965 - Former All-Star Johnny (Pepper) Martin dies at the age of 61. A member of the St. Louis Cardinals' legendary “Gashouse Gang,” Martin batted .298 over a 13-year major league career. In 1933, Martin led the NL with 122 runs scored.

1970sEdit

  • 1973 - New York Yankees pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson make a stunning declaration. The left-handers announce that they have traded wives, children, and family dogs. The announcement sends shock waves through the baseball world.

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2000sEdit

  • 2003 - Although not agreeing to ban ephedra, a memo is sent to all major leaguers by the players' union strongly recommending players "be extremely reluctant to use any products" containing the substance. The diet supplement, which is available without a prescription, has been linked to the spring training death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Belcher.
  • 2006 - At Tokyo Dome, South Korea upset fierce rivals Japan, 3–2, on a towering home run from slugger Lee Seung-yeop to sweep the Asian Pool A of the World Baseball Classic. As final-out duels go, between the most famous pitcher in Korean history versus Japan's most successful export, the San Diego Padres' Chan Ho Park secured a memorable victory for South Korea by retiring Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners on a pop-up fly. It mattered little that both South Korea (3-0) and Japan (2-1) had already qualified for the next round of the 16-team tournament. In the opening game, Taiwan crushed China, 12-3, as the two underdogs in were left playing for pride. Taiwan (1-2) ended in third place, and China (0-3) was last. Japan and South Korea will face the top two teams from a pool of the United States, Canada, Mexico and South Africa in the quarter-finals.

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