This Day In Baseball December 30
Baseball history on December 30 includes Major League baseball players born that day of the year, Major League baseball players who died on that date, baseball players who made their Major League debut on that date, and Major League baseball players who appeared in their final game that date.
1907 – The Mills Commission on the origins of baseball reports that the game was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. The Commission is convinced by the testimony of Abner Graves, who claimed to be a childhood companion of Doubleday’s. Grave’s story is later “verified” when an old, rotting ball is found among his personal effects; the ball is now in the Hall of Fame. The Commission ignores the fact that Doubleday did not graduate from West Point until 1842.
The Seoul Heroes conduct a fire sale. Banned from making major trades until their league entry fee is paid off, they make three deals that involve incoming cash going to the Korea Baseball Organization to pay off their fees. They ship away their top hitter, Taek-keun Lee, to the LG Twins for Byung-woo Kang, Young-bok Park and cash; pitcher Hyun-seung Lee goes to the Doosan Bears for Min-chul Keum and cash and Won-sam Jang is sent to the Samsung Lions for Sung-hun Park, Sang-soo Kim and cash.
2010 – For the first time, New Yankee Stadium is host to a football game, the first Pinstripe Bowl pitting Syracuse University and Kansas State University. It renews with an old tradition, as Yankee Stadium was a regular venue for college football games before its renovation in the 1970s. Syracuse defeats Kansas State 36-34 in a closely-fought game.
Tomás Pérez ends his 24-season Venezuelan League career in style, playing all nine positions (including his pitching debut) for the Caribes de Anzoategui in a 4 – 3 win over the Navegantes del Magallanes. He is only the second player in franchise history to play all nine spots in one contest, 23 years after Joe Hall was the first. Oddly, he is not the only winter ball player to turn the feat today – José Lozada plays all nine positions in a Senadores de San Juan loss in the Puerto Rican League.