Saturday, January 30, 2010

Today In History: January 30th

1923: Boston Red Sox trade 29 year old Herb Pennock for Norm McMillan, George Murray, Camp Skinner and $50,000. Already a ten-year veteran of the Major Leagues, the left-handed journeyman had pitched admirably for the Sox in the previous six seasons. However, by 1923, Pennock was just getting started. He pitched a league leading 19 wins and 6 losses for the Yankees, and in three of the World Series games against the Giants. The Yankees would get nine more solid seasons with Pennock, including 3 more World Series appearances. In 1934 Pennock returned to Boston as a reliever before retiring at the age of 40. His career stats included 247 complete games pitched, a 240-162 Win-Loss record, an era of 3.60. He would stay in Boston as a coach from 1936 until 1940. In 1944, he became the GM of the Philadelphia Phillies, and remained there until his death in 1948. The same year, Pennock was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1936: The Boston Braves change their name to the Boston Bees in an attempt to recreate the team after a dismal 38 - 115 season (the third worst season in baseball history). The name was chosen from among suggestions of news reporters and fans of the franchise. It turns out not to be a popular name, and the Bees become the Braves in 1941.

1959: All Stars Smoky Burgess (C), pitcher Harvey Haddix, and Don Hoak (3B) are traded from Cincinnati to Pittsburg in exchange for Whammy Douglas (P), Jim Pendleton (OF), Johnny Powers (OF), and All Star Frank Thomas (OF).

Just for fun: On January 29, 1995, the San Fransisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. Playing for the 49ers was 'Neon' Deion Sanders. To date, Sanders is the only athlete to have appeared in both a World Series (with the Braves in 1992), and a Super Bowl. In 1989, Sanders also became the only person to have ever hit a home run in a Major League game and score a touchdown in the NFL in the same week.

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