January 19th in Baseball

By | Jan 21, 2013

January 19, 2013 will be forever remembered as a sad day in baseball. It was on that day that we lost two the the greats. Earl Weaver, who managed the Baltimore Orioles from 1967-1982 and 1985-1986 and Stan ‘The Man, Musial.

Earl Sidney Weaver led the Baltimore Orioles to four pennants and a World Series title amassed a record of 1,480 wins and 1,060 losses, including five 100-win seasons (1969-1971 and 1979-1980). Even the two titles that Orioles won other other managers were influence by him. He was a student of the game and wouldn’t never let an umpire off with a simple mistake. He was 82. with a pugnacity toward umpires, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack at age 82, Major League Baseball said.

Stanley Frank Musial was 92 when he died. When he retired in 1963 after playing 22 seasons for the St Louis Cardinals he was the National League’s career leader in RBI, games played, runs scored, hits and doubles. Since then he has been surpassed in some of these, but he remains fourth in baseball history in total hits, behind only Pete Rose, Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.

But these aren’t the only important things that happened on January 19th. In 1932 Shoeless Joe Jackson lost his appeal for reinstatement by Commissioner Judge Landis.

In 1972 at the age of 36 years and 20 days, former Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax, who retired after the 1966 season because of an arthritic left arm becames the youngest player to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

In 1983 Ozzie Smith becomes the game’s first $1 million shortstop signing a three-year pact with the World Champion Cardinals.


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