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December 23, 2012

December 23, 1994 - Much to the chagrin of their players, MLB owners vote to impose a salary cap, leading to the one of the worst work stoppages in the history of professional sports. Currently, the league uses a luxury tax system in which teams with exceedingly high payrolls are taxed by the league. In [...]

December 22, 2012

December 22, 1915 - The Federal League, a professional league that competed briefly with the National and American Leagues, is officially dissolved. The decision resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that the Sherman Antitrust Act did not apply to the MLB and effectively ended any and all attempts of creating an independent major league.

December 21, 2012

December 21, 1951 - Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, the legendary Yankees centerfielder, announces his retirement from the game of baseball. In his 13 seasons in the pinstripes DiMaggio won three MVP awards, nine World Series and made the All-Star team in every season of his career, the only player ever to do so. DiMaggio is also [...]

December 9, 2012

December 9, 1902 - The American League announces the purchase of grounds for a stadium in New York for a team that would play alongside the Giants. American League Park opened in 1903 and became home to the Highlanders, who are now known as the Yankees.

December 7, 2012

December 7, 1937 - The Boston Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old leftfielder Ted Williams, The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived.