On December 22, 1944, future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton is born in Miami, Florida. "Lefty" will win 329 games during a 24-year major league career with the Cardinals, Phillies, Giants, Indians, White Sox, and Twins.
On December 25, 1958, Rickey Henderson is born in Chicago, Illinois. Henderson will break into the major leagues with the Oakland A’s in 1979, and will go on to become one of the greatest leadoff men in history,setting all-time records for walks, stolen bases and runs scored.
On March 14, 1960, future Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett is born in Chicago, Illinois. Puckett will make his major league debut in 1984, when he hits .296 for the Minnesota Twins. Over a 12-year career, Puckett will bat .318 with 207 home runs and 1,085 RBIs, helping the Twins to two World Championships. He will win election to the Hall of Fame in 2001.
On January 1, 1911, future Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg is born in New York City. In 1930, Greenberg will make his major league debut at the age of 19. A slugging first baseman for the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates, Greenberg will enter the Hall of Fame in 1956.
On January 6, 1926, future major league star Ralph Branca is born in Mt. Vernon, New York. Although Branca will win 21 games in 1947, he will become best known for giving up Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning home run in 1951.
On January 6, 1920, future Hall of Famer Early Wynn is born in Hartford, Alabama. Wynn will make his major league debut in 1939 and will go on to win 300 games during a career with the Senators, Indians, and White Sox.
On January 10, 1938, future Hall of Famer Willie McCovey is born in Mobile, Alabama. McCovey will hit 521 home runs during a career that includes tenures with the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Oakland A’s.
On December 26, 1954, future major league star Ozzie Smith is born in Mobile, Alabama. In 1978, the “Wizard of Oz” will make his debut with the San Diego Padres and will eventually establish himself as one of the game’s greatest defensive shortstops…
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On September 18, 1919, Arnold “Chick” Gandil of the Chicago White Sox meets with gambler Joseph Sullivan and talks about “fixing” the upcoming World Series. Gandil asks Sullivan for $80,000 to guarantee a Series loss for the White Sox.