On December 28, 1900, future Hall of Famer Ted Lyons is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lyons will make his major league debut in 1923 and will go on to win 260 games over a 21-year career with the Chicago White Sox.
On December 30, 1935, future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is born in Brooklyn, New York. Koufax will win three Cy Young Awards and help the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles before retiring in 1966.
On January 6, 1914, baseball’s National Commission rules that outfield fences in major league ballparks should be painted green to provide a better hitting background for batters.
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On March 11, 1988, longtime manager Gene Mauch takes a leave of absence from the California Angels because of health reasons. Mauch will officially announce his retirement on March 27. Mauch leaves managing with 1,902 wins and 2,037 losses.