Category: Minor Leagues

64 year-old Steve Dalkowski throws the ceremonial first Pitch – in 1963 he hurt his arm right before he was called up and never pitched in The Majors

At Camden Yards, 64 year-old Steve Dalkowski throws the ceremonial first pitch to relief pitcher Buddy Groom before an Orioles game against Seattle. In 1963, on the day he was fitted for his big-league uniform, the Baltimore fireballing farmhand hurt his arm pitching in an exhibition game and never appeared in the major leagues.

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Major League baseball returns to Brooklyn for a day when the Mets appear at KeySpan Park

Major League baseball returns to Brooklyn for a day when the Mets appear at KeySpan Park, the Coney Island home of the short-season single-A Cyclones, for the team’s final preseason workout. Although the practice session is rained out, fans enjoy meeting the players and collecting autographs, with the profits made from beverage and other sales being donated charities in the NYC area serving children.

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In the wake of Steve Bechler’s death, Commissioner Bud Selig decides to ban the use of ephedra in the minor leagues

2003 – In the wake of Steve Bechler’s death, Commissioner Bud Selig decides to ban the use of ephedra in the minor leagues. Players on the current 40-man major league rosters, which would have included the 23-year old Oriole pitcher who died on February 23rd, are not prohibited to use the supplement because, as union members, they are already covered by the drug-testing rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, which bans only drugs of abuse and certain illegal steroids.

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 Jorge Lebron, the youngest professional player ever, makes his debut for the Phillies’ farm club Auburn. The fourteen-year-old shortstop plays three games before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.

1974 – Jorge Lebron, the youngest professional player ever, makes his debut for the Phillies’ farm club Auburn. The fourteen-year-old shortstop plays three games before returning to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.

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Carty homers twice, in same at bat

On April 21, 1963, minor league slugger Rico Carty hits two home runs in one at-bat-but only one counts. Playing in the Northwest League, the Yakima catcher hits a home run, but the blast is negated because time had been called. Carty, a future major league star, proceeds to hit a “legitimate” home run later in the at-bat.

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After 61 years, the American Association (AAA) folds

After 61 years, the American Association (AAA) folds, with some of the franchises being absorbed by the International League and the Pacific Coast League. The PCL adds the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Denver, CO and Oklahoma City, OK clubs and drops the Vancouver, BC club. The International League adds the Indianapolis, IN and Little Rock, AR clubs. As a result, both leagues became ten-club leagues. The American Association will re-form after expansion in 1969.

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