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This Day in MLB History: February 6th

New York’s Babe Ruth Photo by MPI/Getty Images

MLB History

1891 - The New York Giants’ salaries are leaked to the press. It shows a total team payroll of $54,600 and is topped by $5,500 going to Buck Ewing.

1895 - Babe Ruth is born in Baltimore, Maryland.

1934 - Ford Frick is named as the public relations director for the National League. He will later become the league’s president and then commissioner replacing Happy Chandler.

1956 - Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley promises to buy $4 million in bonds in support of the Wagner-Cashmore plan to build a $30-million sports center in downtown Brooklyn.

1958 - Ted Williams signs a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. Reports suggest that Williams’ contract is worth between $135,000 and $150,000.

1968 - Voters in King County, Washington approve a $40 million bond issue to build a domed, multipurpose stadium.

1976 - The American League grants a new expansion franchise in Seattle. The Mariners will begin play in 1977.

1995 - President Clinton’s deadline for a resolution to the baseball strike passes without a resolution. The strike will continue for nearly two more months.

1998 - The Yankees acquire second baseman Chuck Knoblauch from the Twins in exchange for pitcher Eric Milton, shortstop Cristian Guzman along with Brian Buchanan and Danny Mota.

1998 - The Mets acquire pitcher Al Leiter and Ralph Millard from the Florida Marlins in exchange for A.J. Burnett, Jesus Sanchez and Rob Stratton.

2001 - Angels first baseman Mo Vaughn undergoes surgery to repair a ruptured biceps tendon and will miss the upcoming season.

2012 - Anibal Sanchez is awarded an $8 million salary through arbitration.

2021 - The A’s acquire shortstop Elvis Andrus and Aramis Garcia from the Rangers in exchange for Kris Davis, Jonah Heim and Dane Acker.


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

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