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Elephant Rumblings: Dodgers acquire Betts in three-team blockbuster

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  • 1897 — Pitcher Charley Radbourn dies in Bloomington, Illinois, at age of 42. In an 11-season career, Radbourn played for the Providence Grays, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Reds and Cincinnati Reds, compiling a 309-195 record with 1830 strikeouts and a 2.67 ERA. He posted at least 20 wins in nine seasons, including 59 in 1884 and 48 a year before. Affectionately nicknamed “Old Hoss”, Radburn will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.
  • 1934 — Hank Aaron is born in Mobile, Alabama. After a one-year stint with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues and two years in the minors, Aaron will make his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves on his way to set a then-major league record 755 home runs.

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