December 28, 1900

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.

December 30, 1935

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.

January 01, 1961

On January 1, 1961, Detroit’s Briggs Stadium is renamed Tiger Stadium. The ballpark had initially been named for Walter Briggs, the owner of the Tigers until his death in 1952.

January 02, 1912

On January 2, 1912, Brooklyn Dodgers president Charles Ebbets announces his intention to purchase land on which a new 30,000-seat stadium will be built. Ebbets Field will open up in 1913.

January 06, 1914

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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