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Elephant Rumblings: 3 Oakland Prospects You Need To Know

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  • 1945 - Branch Rickey announces the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. The 26-year old Negro League star will be the first black player to play in Organized Baseball since 1899 and the first in the majors since 1884, paving the way for integration.
  • 1952 - The Pacific Coast League announces its teams will play 176-game schedule next season.
  • 1974 - The Cubs trade sweet-swinging Billy Williams, a fixture at Wrigley Field for 16 years, to the Oakland Athletics for second baseman Manny Trillo and pitchers Darold Knowles and Bob Locker.

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