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Elephant Rumblings: Four A’s Make Baseball America Top-100 Prospects List

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1901 - Philadelphia Athletics manager-GM Connie Mack signs a 10-year lease on grounds at 29th and Columbia to be called Columbia Park. A contract is set for construction of single-deck stands to hold 7,500.
  • 1929 - The New York Yankees announce they will put numbers on the backs of their uniforms, becoming the first baseball team to start continuous use of the numbers. The first numbers are based on positions in the batting order; thus, Babe Ruth will wear number 3 and Lou Gehrig number 4. In a few weeks, the Cleveland Indians announce that they, too, will put numbers on the uniforms. By 1931, all American League teams will use them. It will be 1933 before all National League players are numbered.
  • 1998 - Free agent outfielder Rickey Henderson signs on for a fourth tour of duty with the Oakland Athletics.

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