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Elephant Rumblings: A’s Fan Fest this Saturday

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Josh Hill (18) autographs a baseball bat during the Oakland Athletics Fanfest in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1913 — In a story in the New York Times, Detroit Tigers President Frank Navin blames the length of the games on the coaches’ boxes. Navin, reacting to American League President Ban Johnson’s complaint that too many games the previous season had taken two hours to play, says the boxes should be moved back so that the catcher can give the pitcher his signals more quickly. From where they are now, he said, the coaching players can detect the catcher’s signals unless he takes a lot of time to hide them. Navin said this slow signalling is the reason for the longer games.
  • 1922 — The Brooklyn Robins obtain shortstop Sam Crane from the Cincinnati Reds. Crane will play in three games and later be convicted of murder. He will be visited in prison by Connie Mack, who works for his parole and gives him a job.

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