This Day In Baseball February 9
Baseball history on February 9 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.
Baseball allows 17 players to allow pitching spitballs. Listen to Burleigh Grimes talk about his career. Griffey Jr is traded to for four players. Satchel Paige becomes first negro league player elected into Cooperstown. Tom O’Brien a 28 year old outfielder dies from drinking sea water. Bill Veeck is born in 1914.
Deliberating for a little more than four hours, a jury rules the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago, the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”, prompting the city where it plays to file a law suit claiming the change in name amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue.
Free agent C Bengie Molina who hit .295 with 15 homers and 69 RBI for the Angels last year, comes to terms on a $5 million, one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2007 and a $500,000 buyout clause. Along with starter A.J. Burnett and closer B.J. Ryan, third baseman Troy Glaus and first baseman Lyle Overbay, the 31-year-old Gold Glove catcher becomes the latest blue chip player to join Toronto during the off-season.
After auditioning for about two-thirds of the teams in the major leagues last month and considering offers from four clubs, Keith Foulke comes out of retirement, signing a $700,000, one-year contract with the A’s. The 35 year-old reliever, best known for throwing the last pitch in the 2004 World Championship for the victorious Red Sox, retired prior to the 2007 season after signing a deal with the Indians.
2008 – Mark Kelly, a former Philadelphia Phillies farmhand, throws a one-hit shutout of the New South Wales Patriots in game two of the Claxton Shield finals to give the Western Australia Heelers the title. Kelly allows only a Gavin Fingleson single in shutting down a lineup which includes former California League batting champion Brendan Kingman. Mitch Graham’s solo homer off Pitcher of the Year Tim Cox is the only run of the contest. Kelly is named MVP of the 2008 Shield.
2013 – The Canberra Cavalry win their first Australian Baseball League title, topping the Perth Heat, 7 – 6, to sweep the best-of-three finals. 1B Aaron Sloan goes 5 for 8 with a homer in the championship series to be named MVP. In this game, Perth pitching star Warwick Saupold gives up 9 hits and 6 runs in only 3 innings, while Ryan Stovall drives in 3 for Canberra and Michael Wells hits the deciding home run in the 7th off Jack Frawley to break a 6 – 6 tie.
2017 – Major League Baseball announces that a variation of the “Schiller Rule” used in international baseball will be tested in two Rookie-level minor leagues this season. In the Gulf Coast League and the Arizona League, if a game is tied after nine innings, every subsequent inning will start with a runner already on second base.
2005 – Sometimes they seem like Siamese twins even though Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are not. The two infielders receive induction into the Hall of Fame – the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, that is. Soon to be Astro teammates for 15 years straight, the pair are closing careers they hope will land them in a bigger hall – the one in Cooperstown, NY.