1881 – The American Association is founded in Cincinnati, OH with the motto “Liberty to All.” The members are the Brooklyn Atlantics, Cincinnati Red Stockings, Louisville Colonels, Philadelphia Athletics, Pittsburgh Alleghenys and St. Louis Brown Stockings. The Brooklyn team will be replaced by the Baltimore Orioles before the start of the first season. This AA will be considered a major league.
1920 – National League directors meet in New York, NY, joined by Jacob Ruppert, Cap Huston, Charles Comiskey, and Harry Frazee of the American League. They name a committee to draw up an agreement along the lines of Albert Lasker’s proposal, and give the five AL clubs still backing Ban Johnson an ultimatum: come in by November 1st or the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox will pull out of the AL and join a 12-team National League (with a team in Detroit, MI to complete the roster). The AL five turn it down, and bluff and counterbluff blow through the autumn air.
September 18, 1920
With the help of Stan Musial’s three home runs, the Cardinals soundly defeat the Mets at the Polo Grounds, 15-1. ‘The Man,’ who at the age of 41 becomes the oldest major leaguer ever to accomplish the feat, misses an opportunity for another at-bat in the ninth inning, after being replaced in the previous frame by pinch-runner Bobby Gene Smith.
July 8, 1962
A bronze sculpture capturing the friendship of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson is unveiled at Brooklyn’s KeySpan Park, home of the Mets’ Single-A team. The William Behrends sculpture captures the moment when the Dodger captain showed support by putting his arm around his black teammate’s shoulder, hushing an unruly crowd hurling racial slurs at his teammate at Crosley Field in 1947.
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