This Day In Baseball March 1
This Day In Baseball March 1
Baseball history on March 1 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.
A federal judge rules in favor of Grace Comiskey, who became owner of the Chicago White Sox after the death of her husband John Louis Comiskey in 1939, helping her keep control of the team. The widow needed to go to court because the First National Bank of Chicago, the trustee of the estate, wanted to sell the team because there was no specific instruction in her spouse’s will that she should take control of the franchise.
In anticipation of the signing of the team’s first black players, Bill Veeck, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, sets up a spring training camp there for the Cleveland Indians. Arizona is chosen because of its relatively tolerant racial climate. During the season, Veeck will sign the American League’s first black player, Larry Doby, who will train at the camp. The New York Giants also set up camp in Arizona, while the Brooklyn Dodgers move their training camp from Florida to Havana, Cuba.
Charlie Kerfeld and the Astros finally agree on a one-year contract worth $110,037.37 and 37 boxes of orange Jello, planned to be used future pranks. The Houston reliever, who wears number 37, insisted he earned more than right-hander Jim DeShaies, and the reliever’s new deal pays him $37.37 more than his teammate.
In the episode “Big Shots” of the television show Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano’s character, the fictional Newsday sports writer Ray Barone is kicked out of an event honoring the Mets’ 1969 World Series championship team. The Hall of Fame security guards lose their patience when the title character, who insists on using his journalist’s credentials to avoid the wait, refuses to get in line with the fans waiting to meet their heroes, including Tug McGraw and Art Shamsky.
After being suspended yesterday by major league baseball for one year for testing positive for the use cocaine, Yankee outfielder/DH Darryl Strawberry is invited to join the Newark Bears during the suspension. The New Jersey franchise, which is a member of the South Atlantic Independent League, is located near the slugger’s Fort Lee home.
2000 – Independent arbitrator Shyam Das cuts Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker’s suspension for uttering a number of insensitive remarks in a Sports Illustrated interview this offseason from 28 days to 14 days. Rocker, who is allowed to report to spring training with the team, also has his fine cut.
Construction for an additional 1,790 bleacher seats at Wrigley Field will begin after the season and will be completed in time for Opening Day 2006. An deal is reached for expansion as the Chicago Cubs agree to pay the city $3.1 million prior to the start of work and by contributing funds for a local school park and a $400,000 traffic signal system near the ballpark.
Pitcher Tim Hudson, deciding not to file for free agency at the end of the season, agrees to a four-year, $47-million contract extension with his new team, the Atlanta Braves. Hudson, who was acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics in the off-season, grew up near Atlanta and rooted for the local team as a youngster. In 2004 he posted a 12-6 record with a 3.53 ERA.
The Cardinals get another scare on the heels of losing ace starter Adam Wainwright to Tommy John surgery: their other ace, Chris Carpenter, is taken out of today’s Grapefruit League game against Florida after feeling a twinge in his hamstring. Fortunately, he is diagnosed with only a strain and will not miss significant time.
2016 – Commissioner Rob Manfred sends a strong message on the issue of domestic violence as he issues a thirty-game suspension to Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in response to an incident on October 30th. The suspension comes even though police declined to file charges in the case because of inconsistent evidence, however MLB goes ahead based on the severity of the allegations. Chapman announces that he will not appeal.
1987 – Reliever Charley Kerfeld declares he will buy up 3,000 tickets per game to give away to charity causes. Without a discount, which the Astros didn’t discuss, the cost for the seats would total as much as $1.6 million dollars. Unable to afford that on a $110,000 salary, Kerfeld backs down from the offer.