On August 8, 1946 — Bill Benswanger‚ son-in-law of Barney Dreyfuss‚ owners of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900‚ sells the club to a group headed by Frank McKinney and John Galbreath. Singer Bing Crosby is among investors in the team. The Pirates are purchased for a reported $2.5 million.
2001 – Pitcher Randy Johnson, who posted a 21-6 record with a 2.49 ERA and 372 strikeouts, wins his fourth Cy Young Award, his third straight as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Previously, Johnson also won the honor in 1995 with Seattle, and is the second pitcher to win three consecutive Cy Young awards, joining Greg Maddux who won four in a row from 1992-1995.
November 13, 2001
Former utility player Ryan Freel is found dead in his Jacksonville, FL home, victim of an apparent suicide at 36.
December 22, 2012
The Royals sign 18-year veteran Benito Santiago (279, 11, 56) to a two-year deal. Kansas City hopes the veteran catcher, who is a three-time Gold Glove winner, will provide help to the team’s young pitching staff with his experience.
December 11, 2003
2009 – 12-time All-Star and 3-time MVP Alex Rodriguez publicly admits to using steroids from 2001 to 2003, while a member of the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez apologizes for his past errors; he had not commented on the issue since Sports Illustrated had broken a story about a positive 2003 test two days earlier.
February 9, 2009