Baseball History for December 23rd

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1867 Jack Leiper
1867 Jack Fee
1869 Mike Grady
1869 Mike Roach
1871 Sam Leever
1879 Frank Owen
1880 Henry Homer “Doc” Gessler
1882 George Whiteman
1882 Sam Frock
1882 Al Schweitzer
1882 Albert James “Cozy” Dolan
1884 Palmer Hildebrand
1887 Albert Laverne “Bunny” Fabrique
1888 George Curry
1888 Tom Cantwell
1889 Fritz Maisel
1897 Willard Roland “Nemo” Gaines
1898 Henry Luther “Hinkey” Haines
1899 Walter Scott “Waddy” MacPhee
1899 Tommy Thomas
1900 Danny Taylor
1901 Oscar George “Ox” Eckhardt
1902 Max Rosenfeld
1904 Howie Williamson
1908 Sol Carter
1912 Pat Ankenman
1924 Bob Marquis
1925 Ed Blake
1927 Tony Roig
1929 Al Cicotte
1933 Elder White
1937 Tim Harkness
1941 Ken Hubbs
1942 Jerry Koosman
1943 Ron Allen
1943 Dave May
1944 Vic LaRose
1944 Ray Lamb
1948 Alec Distaso
1952 Santo Alcala
1953 Jerry Manuel
1955 Keith Comstock
1956 Bert Bradley
1958 Tim Leary
1959 Frank Eufemia
1968 Rick White
1974 Pascual Matos
1976 Brad Lidge
1977 Jesus Colome
1977 Shawn Chacon
1978 Victor Martinez
1980 Cody Ross
1982 Brad Nelson
1983 Hanley Ramirez
1984 Josh Satin
1987 Tyler Robertson
1987 Jordany Valdespin
1988 Roberto Perez
1988 Audry Perez

OBITUARIES:

1909 Harry Gilbert
1916 Howard Earl
1916 Erve Beck
1937 Walt Preston
1955 Joe McManus
1969 Ted Menze
1972 Dutch Jordan
1975 Jim McGlothlin
1975 Rae Blaemire
1981 George Scharein
2002 George Bullard
2003 Charlie Bowles
2006 Sol Carter

YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!

1975 Peter Seitz declares Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents, changing baseball player movement forever, as now the reserve rule was dead and players had some control over where they played (and for how much).

TRANSACTION WIRE:

1905 Washington, with Connie Mack’s blessing before hand, purchased Lave Cross from Philadelphia.

1915 The Giants were spenders – they bought Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie from Newark, and Benny Kauff from Brooklyn (the last one for $35,000).

1926 Philadelphia signed Eddie Collins, bringing him back for one last go.

1958 Philadelphia sends Rip Repulski, Gene Snyder, and Jim Golden to the Dodgers for Sparky Anderson.

1990 Chicago sends Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones to the Expos for Tim Raines, Jeff Carter, and later Mario Brito.

1997 Chicago sends Doug Glanville to Philadelphia for Mickey Morandini.

1999 New York sends Roger Cedeno and Octavio Dotel (and Kyle Kessel) to the Astros for Derek Bell and Mike Hamption.

2011 Oakland sends Gio Gonzalez and Robert Gilliam to Washington for A. J. Cole, Tommy Milone, Derek Norris, and Brad Peacock. And, St. Louis signs free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.

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