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Today in Baseball History
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2011 12-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven are elected to the Hall of Fame.
2010 Future Hall of Famer, 300-game winner and the owner of the second most strikeouts in history Randy Johnson announces his retirement.
2001 The Seattle Mariners sign Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a 3-year contract. He will become only the second player to win both the Rookie of the Year & MVP awards in the same season. He did so by leading the majors in at-bats, hits, stolen bases, and batting average.
1999 George Brett, Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount are all elected to the Hall of Fame making it the first time since the original class of 1939 that three players who appeared on the ballot for the first time were elected.
1998 On his fifth try Dodger great Don Sutton is elected to the Hall of Fame. Prior to his election Sutton had the most career wins,324, of all eligible pitchers not in the Hall of Fame.
1993 Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, is the sole player elected to the Hall of Fame. His .262 average is the lowest among all outfielders in the Hall of Fame. Despite his low average he received 93.6 percent of the vote.
1984 Long time Braves pitcher and future Hall of Famer Phil Niekro signs a two-year contract with the New York Yankees at the age of 45. Niekro compiled a 32-20 record with a 3.59 ERA in 65 starts for the Bronx Bombers. Not bad considering he was 45 and 46 during his stint in pinstripes.
1957 Instead of accepting a trade to the cross town rival New York Giants, Jackie Robinson chooses to retire after spending his entire 10-year career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson, of course, paved the way for black and other minority players to play alongside whites.
1916 Charles Weeghman, president of the Federal League’s Chicago Whales, purchases the Chicago Cubs for $500,000. William Wrigley, Jr. puts up $50,000 becoming a minority stock holder. Future Hall of Famer Joe Tinker will take over as manager for the Chicago Cubs. The team will play their home games in the 2-year old park known as Weeghman Park.

Births

1864 – Ban Johnson
1888- Rube Foster

Deaths

1954 – Rabbit Maranville
1963 – Rogers Hornsby