Tag: March 5

1994 – Astros owner and HSA president Drayton McLane slams the idea of a new downtown domed stadium, claiming the Astrodome can be refurbished for half the cost. McLane also complains that the $33 millon dollar estimated payroll for the Astros for 1994 is too high. 

1994 – Astros owner and HSA president Drayton McLane slams the idea of a new downtown domed stadium, claiming the Astrodome can be refurbished for half the cost. McLane also complains that the $33 millon dollar estimated payroll for the Astros for 1994 is too high. 

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1993 – The first game in the Florida Marlins’ history is a 12-8 pasting of the Astros in the Cocoa, FL park that was the spring home to the Astros for 21 years. Five-run outbursts in the second and fifth innings get the expansion franchise off in style. Phil Nevin belts two triples in his first game as an Astro. 

1993 – The first game in the Florida Marlins’ history is a 12-8 pasting of the Astros in the Cocoa, FL park that was the spring home to the Astros for 21 years. Five-run outbursts in the second and fifth innings get the expansion franchise off in style. Phil Nevin belts two triples in his first game as an Astro. 

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Defending World Baseball Classic runner-up South Korea is eliminated despite a 3 – 2 win over Taiwan; they needed a victory by a bigger margin to get the tiebreaker in run differential over Taiwan. Jung-ho Kang hits a two-run homer in the 8th as Hong-Chih Kuo gives up all 3 runs.

Defending World Baseball Classic runner-up South Korea is eliminated despite a 3 – 2 win over Taiwan; they needed a victory by a bigger margin to get the tiebreaker in run differential over Taiwan. Jung-ho Kang hits a two-run homer in the 8th as Hong-Chih Kuo gives up all 3 runs.

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In the only game in Pool A, China tops Brazil, 5 – 2, in a matchup of 0-2 teams. The lone Chinese-American on China’s team, Ray Chang, goes 3 for 4 with two RBI, and China gets all its runs in the 8th, thanks in large part to 5 walks and a hit batsman. Murilo Gouvea takes the loss, while Jiangang Lu gets the win.

In the only game in Pool A, China tops Brazil, 5 – 2, in a matchup of 0-2 teams. The lone Chinese-American on China’s team, Ray Chang, goes 3 for 4 with two RBI, and China gets all its runs in the 8th, thanks in large part to 5 walks and a hit batsman. Murilo Gouvea takes the loss, while Jiangang Lu gets the win.

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The Dutch national team gets a crucial win at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, eliminating Australia, 4 – 1; they advance to the second round for the second consecutive Classic. Rob Cordemans tosses five shutout innings while the Netherlands have a field day with Hoofdklasse veteran Dushan Ruzic. Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer is the big blow.

The Dutch national team gets a crucial win at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, eliminating Australia, 4 – 1; they advance to the second round for the second consecutive Classic. Rob Cordemans tosses five shutout innings while the Netherlands have a field day with Hoofdklasse veteran Dushan Ruzic. Jonathan Schoop’s two-run homer is the big blow.

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2012 – Former OF Lenny Dykstra is sentenced to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to charges of grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. Dykstra ran a scheme that involved leasing automobiles from high-end dealerships on the basis of false financial information.

2012 – Former OF Lenny Dykstra is sentenced to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to charges of grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. Dykstra ran a scheme that involved leasing automobiles from high-end dealerships on the basis of false financial information.

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2011 – Top Phillies OF prospect Domonic Brown breaks a hand in an exhibition game against the Pirates. Looking to succeed Jayson Werth as the Phils’ starting rightfielder, Brown had started the Grapefruit League season 0 for 15. Ironically, he singles in the at-bat that follows the injury, but then comes out of the game. He will require surgery and will miss Opening Day.

2011 – Top Phillies OF prospect Domonic Brown breaks a hand in an exhibition game against the Pirates. Looking to succeed Jayson Werth as the Phils’ starting rightfielder, Brown had started the Grapefruit League season 0 for 15. Ironically, he singles in the at-bat that follows the injury, but then comes out of the game. He will require surgery and will miss Opening Day.

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2010 – Sancti Spíritus, after a league-best 63-27 regular season, gets dropped in the playoffs, 4 games to 1, by the 47-43 Industriales. Sancti Spíritus’ ace Ismel Jiménez carries a shutout into the 6th inning but a grand slam by Rudy Reyes turns the tide to complete the upset series.

2010 – Sancti Spíritus, after a league-best 63-27 regular season, gets dropped in the playoffs, 4 games to 1, by the 47-43 Industriales. Sancti Spíritus’ ace Ismel Jiménez carries a shutout into the 6th inning but a grand slam by Rudy Reyes turns the tide to complete the upset series.

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2009 – The 2009 World Baseball Classic begins at the Tokyo Dome. Japan beats China, 4 – 0, with Yu Darvish getting the win with four hitless innings. Shuichi Murata hits a two-run homer off Chenhao Li and Kosuke Fukudome walks 4 times in the victory.

2009 – The 2009 World Baseball Classic begins at the Tokyo Dome. Japan beats China, 4 – 0, with Yu Darvish getting the win with four hitless innings. Shuichi Murata hits a two-run homer off Chenhao Li and Kosuke Fukudome walks 4 times in the victory.

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At Tokyo Dome, South Korea upsets fierce rivals Japan, 3 – 2, on a towering home run from slugger Seung Yeop Lee to sweep the Asian Pool A of the World Baseball Classic. As final-out duels go, between the most famous pitcher in Korean history versus Japan’s most successful export, the San Diego Padres’ Chan Ho Park secures a memorable victory for South Korea by retiring Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners on a pop-up fly. It matters little that both South Korea (3-0) and Japan (2-1) have already qualified for the next round of the 16-team tournament. Japan and South Korea will face the top two teams from a pool of the United States, Canada, Mexico and South Africa in the quarter-finals.

At Tokyo Dome, South Korea upsets fierce rivals Japan, 3 – 2, on a towering home run from slugger Seung Yeop Lee to sweep the Asian Pool A of the World Baseball Classic. As final-out duels go, between the most famous pitcher in Korean history versus Japan’s most successful export, the San Diego Padres’ Chan Ho Park secures a memorable victory for South Korea by retiring Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners on a pop-up fly. It matters little that both South Korea (3-0) and Japan (2-1) have already qualified for the next round of the 16-team tournament. Japan and South Korea will face the top two teams from a pool of the United States, Canada, Mexico and South Africa in the quarter-finals.

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In today’s opening game at the World Baseball Classic, Taiwan crushes China, 12 – 3, as the two underdogs are left playing for pride after losing their first two games. Taiwan (1-2) ends in third place, and China (0-3) is last.

In today’s opening game at the World Baseball Classic, Taiwan crushes China, 12 – 3, as the two underdogs are left playing for pride after losing their first two games. Taiwan (1-2) ends in third place, and China (0-3) is last.

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A new ownership group, headed by real estate tycoon Lewis N. Wolff and businessman John J. Fisher, takes control of the A’s, after purchasing the franchise from Steve Schott and Ken Hoffman. Oakland’s four-year playoff streak, fueled by Billy Beane’s “Moneyball” approach, had come to an end in 2004, and the former owners were anxious to sell the club they bought from the estate of Walter A. Haas, Jr. in 1995.

A new ownership group, headed by real estate tycoon Lewis N. Wolff and businessman John J. Fisher, takes control of the A’s, after purchasing the franchise from Steve Schott and Ken Hoffman. Oakland’s four-year playoff streak, fueled by Billy Beane’s “Moneyball” approach, had come to an end in 2004, and the former owners were anxious to sell the club they bought from the estate of Walter A. Haas, Jr. in 1995.

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2003 – Although not agreeing to ban ephedra, a memo is sent to all major leaguers by the players’ union strongly recommending players “be extremely reluctant to use any products” containing the substance. The diet supplement, which is available without a prescription, has been linked to the spring training death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler.

2003 – Although not agreeing to ban ephedra, a memo is sent to all major leaguers by the players’ union strongly recommending players “be extremely reluctant to use any products” containing the substance. The diet supplement, which is available without a prescription, has been linked to the spring training death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler.

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Red Sox skipper Joe Kerrigan becomes the fourth manager to be fired during spring training. The team’s former pitching coach, who guided the club to a 17-26 record after taking over for Jimy Williams last August, had signed a multi-year contract to be Boston’s field boss with then-GM Dan Duquette, but was not favored by the new ownership that took control last month.

Red Sox skipper Joe Kerrigan becomes the fourth manager to be fired during spring training. The team’s former pitching coach, who guided the club to a 17-26 record after taking over for Jimy Williams last August, had signed a multi-year contract to be Boston’s field boss with then-GM Dan Duquette, but was not favored by the new ownership that took control last month.

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1996 – The Veterans Committee elects four new members for the Hall of Fame, and just misses naming a fifth. The group elected includes fiery manager Earl Weaver, who had a .583 winning percentage in 17 seasons managing the Baltimore Orioles; pitcher Jim Bunning, who won 100 games in both leagues, including no-hitters in each circuit, one of them a perfect game; 19th-century manager Ned Hanlon, who won five National League pennants with the Baltimore Orioles (3) and Brooklyn (2), and Bill Foster, the top left-handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues. Nellie Fox receives the necessary 75% of the Committee’s votes, but the rules allow just one modern player elected, and Bunning has more votes.

1996 – The Veterans Committee elects four new members for the Hall of Fame, and just misses naming a fifth. The group elected includes fiery manager Earl Weaver, who had a .583 winning percentage in 17 seasons managing the Baltimore Orioles; pitcher Jim Bunning, who won 100 games in both leagues, including no-hitters in each circuit, one of them a perfect game; 19th-century manager Ned Hanlon, who won five National League pennants with the Baltimore Orioles (3) and Brooklyn (2), and Bill Foster, the top left-handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues. Nellie Fox receives the necessary 75% of the Committee’s votes, but the rules allow just one modern player elected, and Bunning has more votes.

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1975 – Former Boston Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro begins a comeback attempt by signing a contract with Triple-A Pawtucket, Boston’s top affiliate in the International League. “Tony C” will make the Red Sox major league roster, but will hit only .123 in 57 at-bats before deciding to retire.

1975 – Former Boston Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro begins a comeback attempt by signing a contract with Triple-A Pawtucket, Boston’s top affiliate in the International League. “Tony C” will make the Red Sox major league roster, but will hit only .123 in 57 at-bats before deciding to retire.

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1969 – A prodigious pre-season poke promises great things from Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente, seemingly recovered from last season’s right shoulder injury. “Clemente, who didn’t put on a uniform until last Monday,” writes Bill Christine in the Pittsburgh Press, “hit a 400-foot home run on his second plate appearance in the final intrasquad game.” Clemente drives a 3-and-2 pitch over the left field wall to lead his team to a 2 – 1 victory. “I’m glad to see his shoulder isn’t bothering him this spring,’ says manager Larry Shepard of Clemente’s 400-foot drive.” But on March 14th, after his dramatic display of right shoulder recuperation, shoulder number two will fall prey to Clemente’s relentless pursuit of a Boston batter’s foul pop in a meaningless exhibition contest.

1969 – A prodigious pre-season poke promises great things from Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente, seemingly recovered from last season’s right shoulder injury. “Clemente, who didn’t put on a uniform until last Monday,” writes Bill Christine in the Pittsburgh Press, “hit a 400-foot home run on his second plate appearance in the final intrasquad game.” Clemente drives a 3-and-2 pitch over the left field wall to lead his team to a 2 – 1 victory. “I’m glad to see his shoulder isn’t bothering him this spring,’ says manager Larry Shepard of Clemente’s 400-foot drive.” But on March 14th, after his dramatic display of right shoulder recuperation, shoulder number two will fall prey to Clemente’s relentless pursuit of a Boston batter’s foul pop in a meaningless exhibition contest.

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1966 – United Steelworkers union official Marvin Miller is named the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Under Miller’s guidance, the players’ union will make major gains such as salary increases, improvements in pension benefits, and the advent of free agency and salary arbitration.

1966 – United Steelworkers union official Marvin Miller is named the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Under Miller’s guidance, the players’ union will make major gains such as salary increases, improvements in pension benefits, and the advent of free agency and salary arbitration.

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1965 – Former All-Star Johnny (Pepper) Martin dies at the age of 61. A member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ legendary “Gashouse Gang,” Martin batted .298 over a 13-year major league career. In 1933, Martin led the National League with 122 runs scored.

1965 – Former All-Star Johnny (Pepper) Martin dies at the age of 61. A member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ legendary “Gashouse Gang,” Martin batted .298 over a 13-year major league career. In 1933, Martin led the National League with 122 runs scored.

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Atlanta’s Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. claims to have a verbal agreement with a major league team which promises to move to the Peach State if a stadium is ready by next year. The next day the Board of Alderman approves a $15-million stadium.

Atlanta’s Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. claims to have a verbal agreement with a major league team which promises to move to the Peach State if a stadium is ready by next year. The next day the Board of Alderman approves a $15-million stadium.

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1964 – Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. says he has a verbal commitment from a major league baseball club to move there if a stadium is ready by 1965. Funding for a $15 million stadium is approved the next day by the city Board of Aldermen.

1964 – Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. says he has a verbal commitment from a major league baseball club to move there if a stadium is ready by 1965. Funding for a $15 million stadium is approved the next day by the city Board of Aldermen.

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Gene Freese suffers a severely fractured ankle in the team’s first intrasquad game, keeping the Reds’ third baseman out of action until mid-August. The 28 year-old infielder, who played an important role in Cincinnati’s National League championship last season, will never regain the form he displayed during the pennant drive.

Gene Freese suffers a severely fractured ankle in the team’s first intrasquad game, keeping the Reds’ third baseman out of action until mid-August. The 28 year-old infielder, who played an important role in Cincinnati’s National League championship last season, will never regain the form he displayed during the pennant drive.

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Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer suffer minor injuries in an auto accident in Vero Beach, Florida

1958 – Duke Snider, Johnny Podres, and Don Zimmer suffer minor injuries in an auto accident in Vero Beach, Florida, as they try to beat a 12:30 A.M. curfew. This is the third accident involving Dodgers players in the last two months; Jim Gilliam and his family had an accident shortly after Roy Campanella’s.

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Norman Bel Geddes designs a 5,000 seat complex for the Brooklyn Dodgers in Vero Beach, Florida

1952 – Norman Bel Geddes, after designing a 5,000 seat complex for the Brooklyn Dodgers in Vero Beach, Florida, states that team owner Walter O’Malley has asked for a stadium design for the team. It is to have a retractable dome, garage, automatic hotdog vending machines, and artificial turf that can be painted in different colors.

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With war-time travel restrictions still in effect, the Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain, New York with 15 players in camp. Seven teams – the Browns, Tigers, Reds, Indians, Cubs, Pirates and White Sox – are training in Indiana, the most of any state. The Red Sox are at Tufts College in Massachusetts, while the Braves are prepping at the Choate School in Connecticut.

With war-time travel restrictions still in effect, the Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain, New York with 15 players in camp. Seven teams – the Browns, Tigers, Reds, Indians, Cubs, Pirates and White Sox – are training in Indiana, the most of any state. The Red Sox are at Tufts College in Massachusetts, while the Braves are prepping at the Choate School in Connecticut.

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1942 – Variety, the weekly entertainment magazine, wades in against “droopy drawers”. “Joe DiMaggio and Carl Hubbell are the silliest looking pair we’ve seen. Way back in the days when the speed boys were stealing 40 to 90 bases a year, you’ll remember they used to roll their pants just below the knee. Now they’ve got ’em almost to their shoes. The theory here is that the constriction inherent in the new style can slow a player a full stride getting to first.”

1942 – Variety, the weekly entertainment magazine, wades in against “droopy drawers”. “Joe DiMaggio and Carl Hubbell are the silliest looking pair we’ve seen. Way back in the days when the speed boys were stealing 40 to 90 bases a year, you’ll remember they used to roll their pants just below the knee. Now they’ve got ’em almost to their shoes. The theory here is that the constriction inherent in the new style can slow a player a full stride getting to first.”

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Luis Tiant Sr – beats the Cardinals in Cuba

1936 – The St. Louis Cardinals – without the brothers Paul and Dizzy Dean, who are once again holdouts – visit Cuba and are beaten by the Cuban all-stars. Luis Tiant, Sr., whose son Luis Jr. will win 229 major league games, is the starting pitcher for the Cubans.

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1901 – The American League approves a 14-player limit to go into effect 14 days after the start of the season. The limit is changed at the last minute, the deadline postponed for two weeks, and the limit increased to 15 players by Ban Johnson, after six teams request the change.

1901 – The American League approves a 14-player limit to go into effect 14 days after the start of the season. The limit is changed at the last minute, the deadline postponed for two weeks, and the limit increased to 15 players by Ban Johnson, after six teams request the change.

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1894 – St. Louis Browns owner Chris Von der Ahe, unable to hire either Harry Wright or Phil Powers as manager, announces that he will manage the club himself. Von der Ahe will eventually name starting infielder George (Doggie) Miller as manager.

1894 – St. Louis Browns owner Chris Von der Ahe, unable to hire either Harry Wright or Phil Powers as manager, announces that he will manage the club himself. Von der Ahe will eventually name starting infielder George (Doggie) Miller as manager.

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Both the National League and American Association hold their spring meetings to adopt their schedules. The NL also hires a fifth umpire at a salary of $200 per month. The AA, to the surprise of many, does not adopt the NL’s salary classification system.

1889 – Both the National League and American Association hold their spring meetings to adopt their schedules. The NL also hires a fifth umpire at a salary of $200 per month. The AA, to the surprise of many, does not adopt the NL’s salary classification system.

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A business wrangle in the National League ends in a weakening of the league’s famous 50 cents admission standard.

1886 – A business wrangle in the National League ends in a weakening of the league’s famous 50 cents admission standard. The St. Louis Maroons and Philadelphia Phillies, the two clubs facing rival American Association teams with an admission of 25 cents, are allowed to charge a minimum of a quarter. Newcomers Washington Nationals and Kansas City Cowboys are stuck with the 50 cents minimum, but are given the option of selling three tickets for a dollar.

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Sam Thompson is born in Danville, Indiana.

1860 – Sam Thompson is born in Danville, Indiana. An outstanding slugger and a fine right fielder in the deadball era, Thompson will collect 200 or more hits three times, finishing his 15-season major league career with a lifetime mark of .336, 126 home runs, and 1299 RBI, including a batting crown (1887) and two home run titles (1889 and 1895). Thompson will be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1974.

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