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Last Updated: December 7, 2020

This Day in Sports History (12/6/2020 – (12/12/2020)

Introduction

December 6th, 1961

  • 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (Half Back).

December 7th, 1937

  • Boston Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams.

December 8th, 2008

  • Greg Maddux announces his retirement from Major League Baseball after 23 seasons and 355 wins. Maddux pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and claimed four successive Cy Young Awards from 1992 as best pitcher in the National League.

December 9th, 1902

  • American League announces purchase of grounds for a baseball stadium in New York.

December 10th, 1919

  • National League votes to ban the spitball's use by all new pitchers.

December 11th, 1928

  • Major League Baseball National League President John Heydler proposes designated hitter for pitchers.

December 12th, 1930

  • Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book, when a ball bounces into stands now a double, not a homerun.

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