In this day and age, where Pete Rose is a cause celebre (as perhaps he should be) because he got 4,000 hits and is banned from the Hall, it's good to pause, I think, and remember "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. He remains banned from baseball for the part he played in the Black Sox Scandal but the preponderance of the evidence seems to indicate he did nothing wrong. Joe died 51 years ago today.
On this day in 1958 The Phillies dropped any plans for 1959 broadcasts into the Big Apple. Their plan had been to fill the National League void in New York City caused by departure of the Giants and Dodgers to the west coast. They abandoned their plans for intracity broadcasts after the Yankees threatened to broadcast into Philadelphia.
On December 5, 1973, Ron Santo of the Cubs became the first major league baseball player to veto his trade.
The aforementioned Charley Hustle (Pete Rose) signed a four-year, $3.2 million deal with the Phillies on this day in 1978 after sixteen years with the Reds. The move paid off in a championship for the City of Brotherly Love.
In 1983, Steve Howe received his first of many suspensions for cocaine abuse.
On December 5, 1984, the Yanks had a busy day as they obtained base-stealing outfielder Rickey Henderson and pitcher Bert Bradley from the A's in exchange for pitchers Jay Howell and Jose Rijo, outfielder Stan Javier, and minor leaguers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk. We also traded catcher Rick Cerone to the Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher.
And a year ago today New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced he wanted to complete new stadium deals for the Mets and Yankees before leaving office at the end of the month.
Cliff Floyd is 30 years old today.