This Day In Baseball January 21
It may be cold outside but baseball happens 365 days a year! January Events include trades, births, ballpark announcements, hires, fires and surprises. On January 1 Cool Papa Bell hits 3 homeruns in Cuban Baseball. Future Hall of Famers Tim Keefe and Hank Greenberg were born. January 15 – 1934 – New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth signs a one-year contract worth $35,000. While the contract is considered a lucrative one for the times, it represents a pay cut of $17,000 for “The Babe”. January, 24, 1939 – Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler and George Sisler are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Sisler set a major league season-record (later broken by Ichiro Suzuki) with 257 hits in 1920 and batted .420 in 1922 on his way to a .340 career batting average. Collins batted an even .333 for his career and stole 744 bases as a member of four World Series Champions. Keeler, who “hit ’em where they ain’t”, batted .341 and collected 2,932 hits.
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