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This day in baseball: The Mick retires

On March 1, 1969, Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from baseball.  After years of being plagued by injury, Mantle cited his inability to “hit when I need to” as part of his reason for leaving the game.   34 more words

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The demolition of Ebbets Field began on February 23, 1960, a little over two years after the Brooklyn Dodgers had finished their final season in Brooklyn.  32 more words

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This day in baseball: The Flying Dutchman lands

Bringing to an end his 39-year career in the major leagues — 21 as a player and 18 years as a coach — Honus Wagner retired on February 16, 1952.  28 more words

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This day in baseball: The Negro National League

A group of team owners met at the YMCA in Kansas City on February 13, 1920.  Led by Rube Foster, owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants, the meeting resulted in the organization of the Negro National League.  22 more words

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This day in baseball: Comiskey Park is born

Ground broke on February 10, 1910 for the construction of Charles Comiskey’s new “Baseball Palace of the World,” located in Chicago at the corner of 35th Street and Shields Avenue.  79 more words

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On February 7, 1949, Joe DiMaggio signed a contract with the Yankees for $100,000.  It was the first six-figure contract ever in the major leagues.

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This day in baseball: The founding of Spalding sporting goods

Spending $800 to start, former baseball player Albert Spalding founded a sporting goods company on February 3, 1866.  Spalding became the manufacturer of the first official baseball, and would also become the first manufacturer of the official tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, and football.

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