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This Day in Braves History: Atlanta acquires Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher from Cleveland

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Braves Franchise History

1972 - Eddie Matthews takes over as Braves manager following the dismissal of Lum Harris.

1973 - The Braves purchase pitcher Joe Niekro from the Tigers.

1978 - Eddie Matthews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1991 - Braves outfielder Deion Sanders pulls double duty as he practices with the Atlanta Falcons for the first time.

2001 - Greg Maddux extends his consecutive innings streak without a walk to a major league record of 70 1/3 innings.

2011 - Dan Uggla extends his hitting streak to 28 games as the Braves defeat the Mets, 6-5. Freddie Freeman goes 0-for-4 snapping his 20-game hitting streak. Chipper Jones drove in the winning run with a single off of Bobby Parnell in the ninth to give Atlanta the win.

2015 - The Braves acquire outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher from Cleveland in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. Bourn would appear in 46 games and hit .221/.303/.257 in his second stint with the club. Swisher appeared in 46 games and hit .195/.349/.339 with four homers in his final season in the majors.

MLB History

1906 - On John McGraw’s orders, umpire James Johnstone is refused admittance to the Polo Grounds. While standing outside the ballpark, Johnstone declares the game a forfeit in favor of the Cubs. McGraw insists that the game go on as scheduled with a player from each team serving as umpire. Cubs manager Frank Chance refuses though. National League president Harry Pulliam will uphold Johnstone’s decision the following day.

1929 - Babe Ruth hits a grand slam for the second straight day as the Yankees beat the A’s 13-1.

1940 - A record crowd of 53,997 are on hand to watch the Dodgers beat the Giants 8-4 on Mel Ott night at the Polo Grounds.

1985 - A five-year agreement between the players and the owners ends a two-day strike by the union.

1990 - The Expos trade pitcher Zane Smith to the Pirates in exchange for outfielder Moises Alou.

2001 - Steve “Mongo” McMichael is ejected by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez during the seventh inning stretch before he is about to sing “Take me out to the Ballgame.”

Information for this article was found via Baseball Reference, and Today in Baseball History.

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