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This Day in Braves History: February 8th

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Braves Franchise History

1916 - The National League turns down a request from Brooklyn Robins owner Charles Ebbets, who had wanted to impose a limit of 2,000 seats that clubs can sell for 25 cents. The Boston Braves have 10,000 such seats, the St. Louis Cardinals 9,000, the Philadelphia Phillies 6,500, and the Cincinnati Reds 4,000.

1941 - The Detroit Tigers release future Hall of Famer Earl Averill and sign outfielder Hoot Evers, a star at the University of Illinois. Averill will eventually sign a contract with the Boston Braves but will hit only .118 in 17 at-bats, ending his major league career.

MLB History

1889 - Workers dismantle the fences at the Polo Grounds to cut a street through the property, leaving the New York Giants without a home for the upcoming season

1916 - The National League rejects a request from Brooklyn Robins owner Charles Ebbets who had wanted the league to impose a limit of 2,000 seats that clubs could sell for 25 cents each.

1940 - The St. Louis Browns purchase Elden Auker from the Boston Red Sox. Auker will become the ace of the Browns’ pitching staff winning 44 games over the next three seasons.

1941 - The Detroit Tigers release future Hall of Fame outfielder Earl Averill. Averill will later sign a contract with the Boston Braves but will go just 2-for-17 before ending his career.

1942 - At Folsom prison, the annual game between major league players and the prison team is stopped at the end of seven innings after it is discovered that two prisoners have escaped. Both inmates were found about three hours later.

1956 - Connie Mack passes away at the age of 93. Mack managed and owned the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950 and led them to five World Series championships. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.

1962 - The FTC accuses Topps of illegally monopolizing the baseball card industry.

1968 - The Cincinnati Reds acquire infielder Jimy Williams and catcher Pat Corrales from the Cardinals in exchange for catcher Johnny Edwards.

1972 - The Special Committee on the Negro Leagues elects Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard to the Hall of Fame.

1973 - MLB owners announce that “early bird” Spring Training camps are canceled until bargaining with the Players’ Association is concluded.

1982 - The Dodgers trade veteran Davey Lopes to the Oakland Athletics. The move opens up a spot in the Dodgers infield for rookie second baseman Steve Sax.

1991 - Roger Clemens signs a four-year, $21 million contract extension making him baseball’s highest paid player.

2008 - The Baltimore Orioles acquire prospects Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Sam Mickollo from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for starter Erik Bedard.

2021 - MLB and the MLBPA agree on a new set of health and safety protocols for Spring Training and the upcoming season.

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

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