View Full Version : This day in baseball history......February 17

Mickey Mental
02-17-2011, 01:00 AM
1891: The American Association withdraws from the National Agreement thus starting a war with the National League. The AA moves its Chicago team to Cincinnati to compete with the NL team.

1937: Babe Dahlgren is bought by the Yankees from the Red Sox. The California native will become the player who replaces Lou Gehrig.

1943: With out notifying the team, Joe DiMaggio enlists in the United States Army Air Forces will not play for the Yankees again until 1946. Although the Bronx Bomber outfielder asked for no special treatment, he will spend most of his time out of harm's way playing baseball in America.

1987: Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly wins his $1.975 arbitration case breaking the record for the largest amount ever awarded to a player set by Jack Morris just four days ago.

1995: Unwilling to be part of an inferior product placed on the field and as a show of support for his players, Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson is suspended without pay when he refuses to manage replacement players in spring training during 1995 work stoppage. The popular pilot will resume his duties when the strike is resolved, but will 'retire', some believe not voluntarily, at the end of the season.

2003: After his body temperature soars to 108 degrees, Orioles pitching prospect Steve Belcher dies of multi-organ failure following a spring training workout in Fort Lauderdale. Early speculation is the 23-year old expectant father death may have been caused by ephedrine, the dietary supplement linked to heatstroke and heart attacks.