Originally posted on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 1/11/12

Happy 87th birthday to my dad, who taught me that baseball is the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated. Truer words were never spoken, pops.

On this date in Giants history…

1932: Bill Terry (pictured) sent his $13,500 contract back to the New York Giants, telling writers he is “thoroughly disgusted” (with the Giants’ contract offer). Terry, who just missed the National League batting title, led the league in runs (121) and triples (20), and collected a second-best 254 hits, was offered a $9,000 cut from his 1931 contract of $22,500. The Giants countered by saying that the combined salaries of Chick Hafey and Jim Bottomley, the two Cardinals who joined Terry in the batting race, is only $24,000. Hafey finished with a .34888 batting average, ahead Terry (.34860) and Bottomley (.34816).

1955: Before an exhibition game in San Juan, Puerto Rico, San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays and teammate pitcher Ruben Gómez got into a brawl. It started when Gómez slipped into the batting cage ahead of Mays. Batting practice pitcher Milt Ralat refused to throw. The sulking Gómez sat down on the plate, so Mays stepped to the side and directed the pitcher to throw to him there. Ralat threw an insulting slow pitch which Mays barehanded and fired back. Mays and Ralat then exchanged words and when Mays walked towards the mound, Gómez, brandishing a bat, attempted to interfere. Mays dropped him with a right. The two later apologized to each other.

1983: The Red Sox selected Ellis Burks in the first round of the January free agent draft. Burks would spend seven of his 18 big league seasons in Boston. He also played for the Rockies (1994-’98), Giants (1998-2000) and Indians (2001-’03), before coming back to Boston for 11 games in 2004.

(Entries courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com)


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