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January 05, 1915

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On January 5, 1915, the Philadelphia Athletics purchase future Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie from the Cleveland Indians. Lajoie slumped to a .258 average in 1914.

January 05, 1920

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On January 5, 1920, in perhaps the most famous transaction in baseball history, the New York Yankees formally announce the purchase of outfielder-pitcher Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $100,000. The trade had actually been made on December 26, 1919, but the announcement was delayed until Ruth could come to contract terms with the Yankees. Red Sox owner and theatrical entrepreneur Harry Frazee decides to sell Ruth because he needs money to support one of his theatrical productions, while paying off debts on Fenway Park. The Yankees will make Ruth a full-time outfielder in 1920

December 28, 1983

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On December 28, 1983, free agent outfielder Warren Cromartie signs a three-year contract with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League. Cromartie, who batted .278 for the Montreal Expos in 1983, will receive $2.5 million over the length of the contract.

January 06, 1958

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On January 6, 1958, Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants signs a contract worth $65,000. It’s the largest deal ever signed by a member of the Giants.

December 29, 1932

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On December 29, 1932, the Boston Braves purchase catcher Shanty Hogan from the New York Giants for $25,000 in cash. A .287 hitter for the Giants in 1932, Hogan will slump to .253 with only three home runs and 30 RBIs in his first season with the Braves.

January 07, 1924

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On January 7, 1924, the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians make a seven-player deal involving star first baseman George "Tioga" Burns. A .328 batter in 1923, Burns joins second baseman Chick Fewster and catcher Al Walter in heading to the Indians, while catcher Steve O’Neill, second baseman Bill Wambsganss, outfielder Joe Connolly and pitcher Danny Boone join the Red Sox.

December 30, 1943

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On December 30, 1943, the Philadelphia Phillies trade first baseman Babe Dahlgren to the Pittsburgh Pirates for catcher Babe Phelps and cash. Dahlgren will drive in a career-high 101 runs for the Pirates in 1944. A former New York Yankee first baseman, Dahlgren had gained most of his notoriety after replacing Lou Gehrig when the “Iron Horse’s” playing streak ended in 1939…

January 08, 1913

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On January 8, 1913, the New York Highlanders sign Frank Chance to a three-year contract to be their next manager. Chance, nicknamed "The Peerless Leader," previously won two World Series and four pennants as the manager of the Chicago Cubs.

December 30, 1925

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On December 30, 1925, the New York Giants trade pitcher Wayland Dean and pitcher-first baseman Jack Bentley to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Jimmy Ring. Bentley will return to the Giants during the 1926 season.

January 10, 1928

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On January 10, 1928, the New York Giants trade Rogers Hornsby to the Boston Braves for catcher Shanty Hogan and outfielder Jimmy Welsh. Hornsby will lead the NL with a .387 batting average in 1928.
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