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Cricket and baseball are quite unique in major sport

In major sports, both cricket and baseball are unique because it is the defence that controls the ball.

Baseball’s first free agent

Jim Hunter became baseball’s first free agent. After contractual issues, he was allowed to leave the Oakland A’s.

Baseball player traded for a turkey

Baseball team owner, Joe Engel, in 1931 decided to trade his shortstop for a turkey. Johnny Jones was a Chattanooga Lookouts player that, if we are being honest, wasn’t any good. He was such a weak-hitting shortstop that even the press complained about him. Joe Engel decided to trade him to the Charlotte Hornets of the Piedmont League. In return, Engel and the Lookouts received a 25-pound turkey. Joe Engel even went as far as to say “the turkey was having a better year.”

That’s no excuse

Official baseball rules state that an umpire may not be replaced during a game except if he becomes ill, injured or if he dies!

 

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