1884 – Billy Evans is born in Chicago, Illinois. One of the foremost umpires in history, Evans will spend 22 years in the American League. He will achieve great prestige for his fairness and unquestioned integrity. Following his umpiring career, in 1927 he will become the first full-time general manager in Cleveland Indians history. In 1973, the Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee will select Evans for enshrinement.
1894 – Pitcher Herb Pennock is born in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Pennock will extend his major league career over 22 seasons, during which he will win 241 games and post a 5-0 record in five World Series for the New York Yankees. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America shortly after his death in 1948, with 94 votes out of 121 ballots.
The Giants ask for waivers on Chief Meyers, but Brooklyn and Boston both refuse the team’s request. When the Robins owner Charles Ebbets and Braves owners Percy D. Haughton disagree on the status of the veteran catcher, a coin toss determines the 35 year-old will play for Brooklyn, where he will hit .235 in limited action over the next two season.
“Wanting to make a clean breast of things”, Lee Magee admits to National League president John Heydler and Chicago Cubs president William Veeck that he tried to “toss” a game with the Boston Braves when he was with the Cincinnati Reds in 1918, but that the Reds won the game in the 13th inning. Heydler will later testify on June 8th that Magee told him he became suspicious that Hal Chase had double-crossed him and so he stopped payment on the check.
At a joint meeting in Chicago, IL, it is decided that all bleacher prices will be raised to 50 cents, pavilion seats to 75 cents, and grandstand seating to $1.00. Clubs may set aside bleacher space for kids under 14 at 15 and 25 cents if they wish. In other agreements, the May 15-August 30 player limits are raised from 21 to 25, and the American League prohibits player transfers after July 1st; the National League, after August 20th.
1925 – At an American League meeting, a plan is adopted to alternate the site of future World Series openers by league rather than deciding it by a coin toss, with Games One, Two, Six, and Seven in one park and Three, Four, Five in the other, unless a ban on Sunday baseball interferes in one city. The clubs finishing fourth in the AL will share in the World Series pool. World Series umpires get a raise to $2,500, while umps in city series will earn $700. The plan was proposed in 1924, but is formally adopted at this meeting.
1982 – The New York Mets come to terms with slugging outfielder George Foster on a five-year contract, thereby completing a four-player trade with the Cincinnati Reds. The Mets had already agreed to send catcher Alex Treviño and pitchers Greg Harris and Jim Kern to the Reds for the power-hitting Foster.
After five months of discussion, the Mets and Keith Hernandez, who was eligible for free-agency at the end of the season, come to terms on an $8 million, five-year contract. The deal makes the first baseman the second-highest paid player in franchise history, earning slightly less than George Foster’s $10 million, five-year pact signed precisely two years ago.
Curt Schilling donates the blood-stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame. Presently, the sock is part of a Red Sox memorabilia tour, along with Derek Lowe’s Game 4 jersey, Manny Ramirez’s bat, and the ball used to make the last of the Fall Classic on loan from former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who kept the historical horsehide as a personal keepsake.
In his first public appearance since allegations of usage of performance-enhancing drugs surfaced, New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi apologizes to his teammates, Yankees fans and to baseball fans everywhere for letting them down last season. The All-Star first baseman, however, never uses the word steroids as he “accepts full responsibility for the controversy.”
Pitcher Curt Schilling donates the blood-stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series to the Hall of Fame. The sock presently is part of a Red Sox memorabilia tour which also includes Derek Lowe’s Game 4 jersey, Series MVP Manny Ramirez’s bat used to tie a postseason record with a 17-game hitting streak, and Keith Foulke’s spikes worn as he threw the ball for the final out as well as the ball itself, on loan from Doug Mientkiewicz.
“There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training” – text from a joint statement released by the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez.At a meeting initiated by Alex Rodriguez, the much-maligned Yankee slugger apologizes to the team’s front office for the turbulence which has swirled around the organization during the last few years, according to a joint statement released by the team and the player. The attendees for the ‘honest and frank discussion’ of the issues included managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, club president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman, assistant GM Jean Afterman, and Jim Sharp, A-Rod’s legal counsel.
2015 – Disgraced superstar Alex Rodriguez meets with owner Hank Steinbrenner, GM Brian Cashman and other members of the Yankees top brass to apologize for his past actions. Before his one-year suspension, which is now over, A-Rod was barely on speaking terms with his employer, and his representatives were routinely threatening to sue. But the meeting seems to have cleared the air: “There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”
2017 – Long-time Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch passes away at 88. Having made his fortune through a pizza chain, Ilitch purchased both the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League in 1982 and the Tigers a decade later. While the Tigers reached the World Series twice during his years as owner but never won the big prize, he is credited with revitalizing the franchise.
2019 – The Toros de Herrera, representing host country Panama, complete a highly successful return to the Caribbean Series in the country’s first participation since 1960 by defeating Leñadores de Las Tunas, champions of the Cuban Serie Nacional, 3 – 1, in the finale. Over 18,000 fans attend the game at Estadio Rod Carew in an electric atmosphere and see the hometown favorites take a 2 – 0 lead in the bottom of the 1st and never look back. Javy Guerra is named tournament MVP. Manny Corpas saves his 4th game to tie Francisco Butto’s ten-year-old Series record. Panama had won once previously, in 1950.