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Elephant Rumblings: Former A’s sluggers Chavez, Giambi on 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

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  • 1976 — The Milwaukee Brewers sign free agent third baseman Sal Bando to a multi-year contract. Bando, the captain of three consecutive World Championship teams in Oakland, will play the final five seasons of his career in Milwaukee. He will bat .250 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI in his first season with the Brewers.
  • 1979 — The Houston Astros sign free agent pitcher Nolan Ryan. The former California Angels ace and future Hall of Fame member signs a four-year deal worth $4.5 million, making him the highest-paid player in major league history. Ryan also becomes the first player to earn a $1 million annual salary.

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