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Elephant Rumblings: Melvin Wants Puk On Roster From Day One, BART To Leave A’s High and Dry

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  • 1953 - Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet after flying a combat mission in Korea. The plane was hit by enemy fire.
  • 1977 - The Oakland A’s sell P Paul Lindblad to the Texas Rangers for $400,000, calling into question Bowie Kuhn’s policy on player sales. Kuhn had previously voided an Oakland sale of players (on June 18, 1976) as “not being in the best interest of baseball,” but had not specified the maximum amount allowable in a player sale.
  • 1987 - After signing a contract as a free agent with the A’s less than a month ago, Vida Blue unexpectedly retires from baseball.

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