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 May 22, 1975, Hall of Fame pitcher Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove dies at the age of 75. Grove won 300 games over a 17-year career with the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox. Grove was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947.