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Elephant Rumblings: A’s Head to Vegas for Big League Weekend

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MiLB: APR 14 Fresno Grizzlies at Las Vegas Aviators
What happens in Vegas will be televised live and commented on by Kuiper and Fosse
Photo by Jeff Speer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1968 - Lena Blackburne dies in Riverside, New Jersey, at age 81. A former major league infielder and manager, Blackburne has been the source for his eponymous rubbing mud, used by umpires in both leagues to rub down new balls. He leaves the mud business to his boyhood friend, John Haas.
  • 1989 - The Veterans Committee elects Red Schoendienst and Al Barlick to the Hall of Fame. Schoendienst served as a second baseman and manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Barlick was a major league umpire for over 29 seasons.
  • 2013 - Elvis Andrus adds his name to the list of baseball’s most bizarre injuries, as he is scratched from the Rangers’ line-up before a Cactus League game because of “sensivity and muscle soreness” in his left shoulder, the result of an elaborate tatoo commemorating his late father, reaching from the top of his shoulder to his biceps.

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