This Day In Baseball January 17
On January 17 on this day in baseball history, there were over 75 notable events. There were over 59 Birthdays and 27 Deaths, all on January 17 on this Day In Baseball history.
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1885 – The New York Clipper reports that Paul Hines has canceled his Washington Monument ball-drop exhibition. “The experiment of trying to catch a ball thrown from the top of the Washington Monument has proved to be a failure. The ball reaches the ground with such great speed that it indents the ground almost as much as a heavy cannon ball would dropped from a proportionate height. The fact is that, independently of the difficulty of judging the ball falling from such a height, the speed is too great to allow of any one holding it when it nears the ground.”
1937 – The Cleveland Indians receive Moose Solters, Ivy Andrews and Lyn Lary from the St. Louis Browns, for Joe Vosmik, Bill Knickerbocker and Oral Hildebrand. The three departing Brownies are termed “real playboys” by manager Rogers Hornsby. Solters and Andrews were also the RBI and ERA leaders for St. Louis.
The Braves and Chief Noc-A-Homa, the team mascot who has become a huge fan favorite in Atlanta with his spirited dances when a homer is hit by the home team, agree to end their 17-year association. Levi Walker, the third person to play the role for the franchise, is reportedly dissatisfied with his pay of $60 a game, and club officials were unhappy with the Georgia native’s failure to attend seven scheduled appearances last year.
Commissioner Bud Selig indicates that the Washington, DC area is a “prime candidate” to get a team if a franchise relocates in the near future. The nation’s capital has two lost major league teams, the original franchise shifted to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961 and were replaced by the expansion Senators who moved to Texas a decade later, becoming the Rangers.
Despite his ban from the Hall of Fame, Pete Rose is nominated for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Rose banged out his 4,000th career hit, a double off pitcher Jerry Koosman, as a member of the 1984 Montreal Expos squad. Rose was named by the chairman of the newly-formed Canadian Baseball League, Tony Riviera.
The Cubs and Mark Prior (11-7, 3.67) come to an agreement on a one-year $3.65 million contract, making his salary $900,000 more than the right-hander would have earned under the $3.3 million contract offer he voided in November. The fireballer’s previous contract gave him the right to terminate the deal once he became eligible for salary arbitration.
2008 – Major League Baseball owners unanimously vote to extend commissioner Bud Selig’s contract through the 2012 season. The contract extension will make Selig baseball’s second-longest-serving commissioner, behind only Kenesaw Mountain Landis. The vote comes in a week when Selig has been criticized by the U.S. Congress for not cracking down hard enough on steroids.
A record is set as eligible players file for salary arbitration today. Giants P Tim Lincecum asks for a salary of $21.5 million – which is not a record – and his team offers him $17 million – which is. Roger Clemens had requested $22 million from the Astros before the 2005 season. Meanwhile, some 80 eligible players sign deals with their teams, the largest being the $15 million agreed to between the Phillies and P Cole Hamels.
The Brewers agree to a two-year contract with Norichika Aoki, a three-time batting champion in Japan. The Brewers had won the right to negociate with Aoki through the posting system and the contract agreement just beats a 4 p.m. deadline to reach a deal, barring which Aoki would have returned to the Yakult Swallows.
2013 – Rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic are officially announced. The tournament will once again be star-studded, with reigning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera playing for Venezuela, Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey pitching for Team USA, and All-Stars such as Robinson Cano, Carlos Beltran, Adrian Gonzalez and Yadier Molina all committing to their respective national teams. Among players donning less familiar uniforms will be P Bruce Chen, who will toil for China after representing his native Panama in previous editions of the tournament, and 1B Anthony Rizzo who will be suiting up for Italy.
2014 – The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame announces three inductees for 2014: Kazuhiro Sasaki, Hideo Nomo, Koji Akiyama and Choichi Aida. Sasaki and Nomo become the first major leaguers to be inducted other than Lefty O’Doul, who was noted inducted for his playing career. Sasaki had been the Central League MVP in 1998 and had once been the Nippon Pro Baseball career save leader; he went on to win the AL Rookie of the Year and be a two-time All-Star in the US. Nomo was the Sawamura Award winner and Pacific League MVP in 1990, the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year and a 100-game winner in the US. Nomo is the youngest inductee and joins Sadaharu Oh and Victor Starfin as the only people picked on the first ballot. Akiyama was the second player in NPB history to 400 career homers/300 career steals and won the Matsutaro Shoriki Award as a player and a manager, only the second person to do so. Aida had coached Waseda University in the 1940s.
2018 – Las Tunas wins its first Cuban Serie Nacional title, defeating Villa Clara 4 games to 1 in the finals. In Game 5 today, Las Tunas wins 8-4 as Alexander Ayala goes 4 for 4 (a triple shy of the cycle) with two runs and two RBI and Jorge Jhonson has 4 RBI and 3 hits. Yadián Martínez got his second win in a row while veteran Yoalkis Cruz saved it.