With the offseason comes OT. Threads designed to enlighten, enrage, entertain, and sometimes, educate the denizens of LSB. Yesterday we broke 1,000. Twice. Topics from Thanksgiving to Texas Tech football to KFC Bowls were ramped out. One can only hope that today brings more firepower. There was a draft last night, so there's always that to talk about. There also was football game.( I still can't believe the Cowboys are alone in 2nd place. Baffling.) And, we lost a legend last night. Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and fans of "Smokin" Joe Frazier.
KoK will be around soon with the day counter and important dates to mull about. For now, after the bump, I'll throw out the baseball dates and what not. Enjoy.
1920 - At a meeting to depose Ban Johnson as the American League president, a new 12-team National League, made up of the dissenting 11 teams plus one of the five teams loyal to Johnson, is agreed to. John Heydler will be its president and federal judge Kenesaw Landis the proposed chairman of the new commission. This revolutionary plan for a new senior circuit will be discarded a few days later, after four of the five American League clubs still backing Johnson agree to a joint meeting November 12th in Chicago, IL.
1954 - American League owners approve the move of the Philadelphia Athletics to Kansas City. The vote is 6-2 in favor. The transplanted Athletics will play home games at Municipal Stadium, which will be expanded from 17,000 to 36,000 seats.
- Hall of Fame manager Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday. Harris won two World Championships and three American League pennants over a 29-year career with the Washington Senators and New York Yankees, among other teams.
- George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds is named the National League MVP. The slugging left fielder, part of Cincinnati's explosive "Big Red Machine" , led the NL in home runs with 52 and in RBI with 149.
- 1977 - Free agent Richie Zisk, formerly of the Chicago White Sox, signs a 10-year $2.3 million contract with the Texas Rangers.
The U.S. House of Representatives passes a resolution calling for Shoeless Joe Jackson to be honored. The resolution stops short of calling for his induction into the Hall of Fame. "It is worthy for this body to take a few minutes to stand up for fairness and right an old wrong," said Rep. Jim DeMint, the author of the resolution who represents Jackson's hometown of Greenville, SC Jackson was eligible for the Hall of Fame until 1991 but was never voted in either by the Baseball Writers Association of America or the Veterans Committee. In 1991, the Hall's board adopted a resolution prohibiting players on the permanently banned list. The resolution will now go to the US Senate