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1964 – Colts trade in cacti for grapefruits as they begin their first spring training in Cocoa, FL. The new facility is hailed as “state-of-the-art” but soon becomes disparaged because of poor drainage, snakes, and a spartan dormitory where the players are housed. Prankster Turk Farrell livens things up by purchasing a young alligator and slipping him into the clubhouse whirlpool. 

1964 – Colts trade in cacti for grapefruits as they begin their first spring training in Cocoa, FL. The new facility is hailed as “state-of-the-art” but soon becomes disparaged because of poor drainage, snakes, and a spartan dormitory where the players are housed. Prankster Turk Farrell livens things up by purchasing a young alligator and slipping him into the clubhouse whirlpool. 

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1964 – While the official name will remain the Harris County Domed Stadium, Judge Roy Hofheinz introduces his new ballpark as the “Astrodome” for the first time while displaying the team’s new logo of baseballs in orbit around a likeness of the new stadium.

1964 – While the official name will remain the Harris County Domed Stadium, Judge Roy Hofheinz introduces his new ballpark as the “Astrodome” for the first time while displaying the team’s new logo of baseballs in orbit around a likeness of the new stadium.

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1964 – General Manager Paul Richards sparks controversy when news leaks out during the Winter Meetings in Houston that he had offered the team’s entire 40-man roster plus $5 million dollars for the 40-man roster of the Milwaukee Braves. Richards claimed to have had the backing of owners Bob Smith and Roy Hofheinz but the Braves shoot down the idea as a joke that got out of hand. Had it been consumated, future Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and Eddie Mathews could have been Astros.

1964 – General Manager Paul Richards sparks controversy when news leaks out during the Winter Meetings in Houston that he had offered the team’s entire 40-man roster plus $5 million dollars for the 40-man roster of the Milwaukee Braves. Richards claimed to have had the backing of owners Bob Smith and Roy Hofheinz but the Braves shoot down the idea as a joke that got out of hand. Had it been consumated, future Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and Eddie Mathews could have been Astros.

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1964 – Mitch Williams is born in Santa Ana, CA. The lefthander, nicknamed “Wild Thing”, has a colorful career but not much of it good while with Houston. He lasts just 20 innings before retiring to his Texas ranch. He would pitch again elsewhere for two more seasons.

1964 – Mitch Williams is born in Santa Ana, CA. The lefthander, nicknamed “Wild Thing”, has a colorful career but not much of it good while with Houston. He lasts just 20 innings before retiring to his Texas ranch. He would pitch again elsewhere for two more seasons.

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1964 – Gerald Young is born in Tela, Honduras. The swift outfielder batted .246, scored 249 runs and stole 153 bases over parts of six seasons in Houston. His best comes in 1988 when he swipes a team-high 65 bases to go with a .257 average. 

1964 – Gerald Young is born in Tela, Honduras. The swift outfielder batted .246, scored 249 runs and stole 153 bases over parts of six seasons in Houston. His best comes in 1988 when he swipes a team-high 65 bases to go with a .257 average. 

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1964 – In the last game played at Colt Stadium, Jim Wynn singles home Rusty Staub for a 1-0, 12-inning triumph over Los Angeles . Bob Bruce is masterful, scattering five hits in the complete game victory. Bruce becomes the first 15-game winner in franchise history. 

1964 – In the last game played at Colt Stadium, Jim Wynn singles home Rusty Staub for a 1-0, 12-inning triumph over Los Angeles . Bob Bruce is masterful, scattering five hits in the complete game victory. Bruce becomes the first 15-game winner in franchise history. 

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1964 – Colt .45s have trouble leaving their Philadelphia hotel as a local radio station falsely reports that the Beatles are staying there. Teenaged fans swarm the exits, seeking a glimpse of the Fab Four. Battling past the mob, the .45s then lose to the Phils, 4-3, on four solo homers.

1964 – Colt .45s have trouble leaving their Philadelphia hotel as a local radio station falsely reports that the Beatles are staying there. Teenaged fans swarm the exits, seeking a glimpse of the Fab Four. Battling past the mob, the .45s then lose to the Phils, 4-3, on four solo homers.

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1964 – Colts shock the Dodgers with four in the ninth for a 6-5 triumph. Nellie Fox bloops a single to plate the tying and winning runs. Earlier, Jerry Grote had belted a two-run homer off Don Drysdale.

1964 – Colts shock the Dodgers with four in the ninth for a 6-5 triumph. Nellie Fox bloops a single to plate the tying and winning runs. Earlier, Jerry Grote had belted a two-run homer off Don Drysdale.

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1964 – Nellie Fox singles home Eddie Kasko with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to end a wild 5-4 victory over the Giants at Colt Stadium. Tempers are hot as the Texas heat with players and managers from both teams getting run by umpire Lee Weyer. San Francisco’s Billy O’Dell is thumbed as he makes warm-up tosses after arriving from the bullpen. An angry Gaylord Perry grabs Fox’s bat when it’s all over and smashes it to pieces before handing it to the batboy.

1964 – Nellie Fox singles home Eddie Kasko with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to end a wild 5-4 victory over the Giants at Colt Stadium. Tempers are hot as the Texas heat with players and managers from both teams getting run by umpire Lee Weyer. San Francisco’s Billy O’Dell is thumbed as he makes warm-up tosses after arriving from the bullpen. An angry Gaylord Perry grabs Fox’s bat when it’s all over and smashes it to pieces before handing it to the batboy.

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The Seattle Angels select Bob Lemon as the club’s manager for the upcoming season. The future big league skipper will manage the team for two seasons, being named the 1966 PCL’s Manager of the Year by The Sporting News after capturing the circuit’s championship.

The Seattle Angels select Bob Lemon as the club’s manager for the upcoming season. The future big league skipper will manage the team for two seasons, being named the 1966 PCL’s Manager of the Year by The Sporting News after capturing the circuit’s championship.

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1964 – The Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League select Bob Lemon as manager for the upcoming season. Lemon, who last pitched in the majors in 1958, will eventually become the manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1970.

1964 – The Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League select Bob Lemon as manager for the upcoming season. Lemon, who last pitched in the majors in 1958, will eventually become the manager of the Kansas City Royals in 1970.

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1964 – The Yankees fire long-time television and radio voice Mel Allen. The well-known broadcaster popularized the “going, going, gone” home run call and often said “how about that” to describe happenings on the ball field.

1964 – The Yankees fire long-time television and radio voice Mel Allen. The well-known broadcaster popularized the “going, going, gone” home run call and often said “how about that” to describe happenings on the ball field.

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Major League Baseball releases its official 1964 batting averages that confirms Twins’ outfielder Tony Oliva wins the batting crown

Major League Baseball releases its official 1964 batting averages that confirms Twins’ outfielder Tony Oliva, who finished the season hitting .323, is the first rookie to win a batting title. The recently crowned American League Rookie of the Year finished ahead of Orioles’ third baseman Brooks Robinson (.317), who copped the circuit’s Most Valuable Player Award.

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The owners decide to use a free agent draft beginning next month. The inverse order of the previous year’s standings will be used to select players every four months. This will eventually be scaled back to twice yearly and then to an annual event.

The owners decide to use a free agent draft beginning next month. The inverse order of the previous year’s standings will be used to select players every four months. This will eventually be scaled back to twice yearly and then to an annual event.

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The major leagues restore to the commissioner’s office all powers rescinded after Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis’s death in 1944. Principally, they waive their right to take legal action in the event of disagreements with the commissioner and grant him authority to judge whether actions taken by the owners in concert are, automatically “in the best interests of baseball.” Voting for the annual All-Star teams is turned back to the fans.

The major leagues restore to the commissioner’s office all powers rescinded after Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis’s death in 1944. Principally, they waive their right to take legal action in the event of disagreements with the commissioner and grant him authority to judge whether actions taken by the owners in concert are, automatically “in the best interests of baseball.” Voting for the annual All-Star teams is turned back to the fans.

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The owners vote to use a free-agent draft with clubs selecting in the inverse order of the previous year’s standings to choose players every four months. The new system, scheduled to begin next month, is designed to level the playing field by preventing rich clubs, like the Yankees, from using their wealth to lock up all of the talented players.

The owners vote to use a free-agent draft with clubs selecting in the inverse order of the previous year’s standings to choose players every four months. The new system, scheduled to begin next month, is designed to level the playing field by preventing rich clubs, like the Yankees, from using their wealth to lock up all of the talented players.

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The Houston Colt .45s officially change their nickname to “Astros.”

The Houston Colt .45s officially change their nickname to “Astros.” The change coincides with the team’s impending move from Colt Stadium to the Harris County Domed Stadium, also known as the Astrodome. The change in name for the three-year old franchise is prompted by a dispute with the Colt firearm company and the team’s proximity to NASA headquarters.

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Twins freshman outfielder Tony Olivia, named on 19 of the 20 ballots cast by a special committee of the BBWAA, is overwhelmingly selected as the American League’s Rookie of the Year, with the lone dissenting vote going to 19 year-old Oriole right-hander Wally Bunker (19-5, 2.69). The Cuban native from Pinar del Rio won the AL’s batting crown with a .323 average while hitting 32 home runs and driving in 94 runs for the sixth-place club.

Twins freshman outfielder Tony Olivia, named on 19 of the 20 ballots cast by a special committee of the BBWAA, is overwhelmingly selected as the American League’s Rookie of the Year, with the lone dissenting vote going to 19 year-old Oriole right-hander Wally Bunker (19-5, 2.69). The Cuban native from Pinar del Rio won the AL’s batting crown with a .323 average while hitting 32 home runs and driving in 94 runs for the sixth-place club.

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The Phillies’ slugging third baseman Dick Allen is chosen as the 1964 NL Rookie of the Year

The Phillies’ slugging third baseman Dick Allen is chosen as the National League’s Rookie of the Year, receiving 18 of the 20 votes cast by a special committee of the BBWAA. The ‘Wampum Walloper’ led the circuit in runs scored, triples, and total bases, batting .328, fifth best in the league, with 29 homers and 91 RBIs.

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The Braves sign a twenty-five year lease to play in the newly constructed Atlanta Stadium

The Braves sign a twenty-five year lease to play in the newly constructed Atlanta Stadium and will continue to play there until the team moves next door to Turner Field in 1997. The ballpark, which becomes officially known as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1975, will affectionately be called the ‘Launching Pad,’ reflecting the ease that home runs were hit there due to being located 1,000 feet above sea level on foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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1964 – The National League approves the move of the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta but orders them to stay in Milwaukee for the 1965 season, in spite of poor attendance over the last two years. The Braves will eventually move to Atlanta in 1966.

1964 – The National League approves the move of the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta but orders them to stay in Milwaukee for the 1965 season, in spite of poor attendance over the last two years. The Braves will eventually move to Atlanta in 1966.

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Philadelphia voters approve a $25 million bond issue to build a new sport stadium. Due to cost overruns, a 1967 measure will be needed to authorize an additional $13 million, bringing the final price tag to approximately $50 million, making Veterans Stadium one of the most expensive ballparks ever built.

Philadelphia voters approve a $25 million bond issue to build a new sport stadium. Due to cost overruns, a 1967 measure will be needed to authorize an additional $13 million, bringing the final price tag to approximately $50 million, making Veterans Stadium one of the most expensive ballparks ever built.

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The Columbia Broadcasting System becomes the first corporate owner of a major league team by buying eighty percent of the Yankees from Dan Topping and Del Webb for $11.2 million

The Columbia Broadcasting System becomes the first corporate owner of a major league team by buying eighty percent of the Yankees from Dan Topping and Del Webb for $11.2 million. During the first year under CBS, the Bronx Bombers will come in sixth place with a 77-85 record, finishing in the second division for the first time in 40 years.

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Johnny Keane, three days after resigning as manager of the World Champion Cardinals, replaces Yogi Berra as the Yankees’ field boss. The new skipper of the Bronx Bombers will not fare well next year, leading the aging team to their first losing season since 1925.

Johnny Keane, three days after resigning as manager of the World Champion Cardinals, replaces Yogi Berra as the Yankees’ field boss. The new skipper of the Bronx Bombers will not fare well next year, leading the aging team to their first losing season since 1925.

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Red Schoendienst, a favorite former player, is named as the Cardinals new manager, replacing Johnny Keane, who resigned the day following the team’s Game 7 Fall Classic victory over New York

Red Schoendienst, a favorite former player, is named as the Cardinals new manager, replacing Johnny Keane, who resigned the day following the team’s Game 7 Fall Classic victory over New York. Albert will compile a 1,041-955 record for the Redbirds during 12 full seasons and two stints in 1980 and 1990 as interim skipper, capturing a World Championship in 1967 and an NL pennant in 1968.

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