This Day In Baseball January 7
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You Wish You Where Here Events for January 7
The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians make a seven-player deal involving star first baseman “Tioga” George Burns. A .328 batter in 1923, Burns joins second baseman Chick Fewster and catcher Roxy Walters in heading to the Indians, while catcher Steve O’Neill, second baseman Bill Wambsganss, outfielder Joe Connolly and pitcher Danny Boone join the Red Sox.
The New York Yankees buy the contract of Louisville Colonels star outfielder Earle Combs, who hit .380 last year for Louisville. Colonels owner Bill Kneblekamp gets $50,000, outfielder Elmer Smith and another player, and demands that the Yankees play an exhibition game in Louisville with a guarantee that Babe Ruth is in the lineup. This reportedly nets Kneblekamp an additional $5,000.
The Indians trade catcher Steve O’Neill, second baseman Bill Wambsganss, and pitcher Danny Boone to the Red Sox for first baseman George Burns, second baseman Chick Fewster, and catcher Al Walters. In 1926, Burns will lead the American League in hits and wins the circuit’s MVP award while playing for the much-improved Tribe.
Kenesaw Mountain Landis, in a move seen as a precursor the reduction of all salaries during the depression years, voluntarily cuts his pay by forty percent. In 1920, the Millville, Ohio native accepted the offer to become the game’s first commissioner for seven years at an annual salary of $42,500, on condition he could remain a federal judge.
Boston Red Sox owner John Henry calls Doug Mientkiewicz to discuss the defensive replacement’s possession of the game ball caught at first base for the last out of the 2004 World Series. Larry Lucchino, the club’s president, has made it clear he wants the team to have ownership of the historic ball. The ball now resides in a safe deposit box along with the back-up infielder’s Olympic gold medal.
John Henry, the Red Sox owner, calls reserve first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to discuss the ownership of the game ball used to get the last out of the World Series, now in possession of the infielder. Larry Lucchino, the Boston’s club president, has made it clear he wants the team to own that historic ball, which now resides in the player’s safe deposit box along with an Olympic ring.
The Mariners and Red Sox finalized their trade that brings Casey Kotchman to Seattle in exchange for outfielder Bill Hall, a player to be named, and cash. The M’s acquisition of the 26 year-old slick-fielding first baseman signals the departure of free-agent slugger Russell Branyan, who suffered from a disc issue in his back late in the season last year.
2011 – The Cubs and Rays engineer a big trade, with P Matt Garza, author of a no-hitter last season, OF Fernando Perez and a minor league pitcher to be named headed to Chicago in return for a slew of prospects. Those include P Chris Archer, OF Brandon Guyer, SS Hak-Ju Lee, C Robinson Chirinos and OF Sam Fuld, the only one in the group with major league experience. Archer and Guyer were the Cubs’ 2010 minor league player and pitcher of the year, respectively.
2012 – Media in New York, NY report that C Jorge Posada is about to announce his retirement after a brilliant 17-season career during which he caught over 1,500 games and won four World Series titles. His final season was difficult, however, as he lost the starting catching job to Russell Martin and hit only .235 as the team’s designated hitter. His retirement will become official on January 24th, when he calls a press conference at New Yankee Stadium.
The Dodgers finalize the signing of Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda that was first reported on New Year’s Eve. He signs for eight years at $25 million, but incentive bonuses could take the value of the deal to $106.2 million. The deal is structured that way because of concerns over a potential arm injury. The Dodgers will also pay $20 million to Maeda’s former team, the Hiroshima Carp, through the posting system.