Minor League in History

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Events in Sport

  • 1900-04-26 Newly renamed American League opener in Cleveland draws 6,500 (still as a minor league, was Western League)
  • 1902-06-15 Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
  • 1909-07-08 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights

AgreementContract of Interest

1914-07-09 Boston Red Sox purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth's contract from minor league Baltimore Orioles

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1938-03-23 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis frees 74 St L Cardinals minor leaguers
  • 1942-11-30 Bill Terry resigns as supervisor of NY Giants minor league system
  • 1944-07-03 Oriole Park, then a minor league baseball stadium burns down in Baltimore; cause, speculated discarded cigarette
  • 1952-04-28 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
  • 1953-03-03 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
  • 1956-08-07 51-year-old Satchel Paige (Miami Marlins) wins a game before the largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000 at Miami’s Orange Bowl; International League: Marlins 6-2 v Columbus Jets
  • 1957-02-21 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • 1957-12-28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • 1962-12-01 Classifications in minor league baseball are overhauled; Eastern and South Atlantic leagues are promoted from Class-A to Class-AA; classes B, C and D are abolished with those leagues being promoted to Class-A
  • 1969-04-01 Seattle Pilots trade little-known minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to KC Royals for 2 prospects; hits .282 with 11 HRs & 68 RBI to win AL Rookie of the Year; becomes leading MLB manager
  • 1981-08-29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • 1987-04-03 Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to A's for 3 minor leaguers
  • 1989-02-10 Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
  • 1992-06-16 Colorado Rockies 1st minor league team's (Bend Oregon in Class A) game

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1993-07-31 Toronto Blue Jays obtain future Baseball Hall of Fame OF Rickey Henderson from Oakland in exchange for minor leaguers Steve Karsay and Jose Herrera

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1998-02-06 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers