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New Rumblings feature. Most of AN knows I’m a baseball history nerd. There are so many fantastic stories tucked away in the 100+ years of MLB lore. Seems like a good time to share a few of ‘em with you, one day at a time...

  • June 28, 1976: Bowie Stops Charlie’s Checks (Acting with uncharacteristic decisiveness, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided Charlie Finley’s $3.5 million sale of three Oakland A’s stars and so threw the world of baseball into tendentious turmoil)

Today in Baseball History:

  • 1885 - A new rule is adopted stating that the pitcher must “do all his throwing to bases before he has taken his stride as if to pitch ball.”
  • 1951 - Hall of Fame player/manager Eddie Collins dies in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 63. Collins batted .333 and stole 744 bases over a 25-year career, and batted .328 in six World Series with the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.
  • 2001 - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson accidentally kills a dove with a pitch during the Diamondbacks’ 10 - 6 exhibition win over the San Francisco Giants. The dove makes the mistake of darting in front of a 95 mph fastball.
  • 2010 - The Yankees release P Chad Gaudin, who was competing for the team’s fifth starter position, and, failing that, was expected to make the staff as a long reliever. Philip Hughes, who shined as a set-up man in 2009, is announced as the winner of the fifth starter competition, while Joba Chamberlain returns to the bullpen. Gaudin will sign a minor league deal with Oakland on March 28th but will be back with the Yanks before the end of the year.

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Today in Baseball History felt the need to clarify this fatality was in fact an accident...

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New pics of the place where Matt Olson hit his 500th home run for Oakland (potentially)

You’re saying Chad Bradford wasn’t the linchpin of the 2002 squad?...

Yest to all of this please (great highlight to watch, the pre-Moneyball years, good times)...

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