Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association votes 9-6 to prohibit the use of metal bats in the state high school tournament in 2003. Twenty five of 40 leagues will switch to wood for the regularly season. The state is the first to outlaw metal bats.
In a thrilling contest the Yankees defeat the Diamondbacks 4-3 in 10 innings to tie the Series at 2 games apiece. Tino Martinez's 2-out 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th ties the game and Derek Jeter's blast in the bottom of the 10th wins it for New York. Both homers come off Byung-Hyun Kim who relieved Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees.
Joe Falls of The Detroit News is voted the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and will be inducted into the writer's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer.
According to rankings of the Elias Sports Bureau Randy Johnson is named the top player for the 2000 season.
Cubs' 2B Ryne Sandberg who retired last year in the middle of a 4-year $28.4 million contract announces that he will return for the 1996 season.
San Francisco's Mike McCormick is the NL Cy Young Award winner as pitchers are honored in each league for the first time.
A federal judge rules that Birmingham AL laws against integrated playing fields are illegal eliminating the last barrier against integration in the Southern Association.
After touring Japan with the Giants Commissioner Ford Frick says that Japanese baseball is the equivalent of Class A in the U.S.
Ban Johnson writes a letter to NL president Nick Young seeking peace based on parity as a major league for the AL.
The Metropolitan club plays its final game of the season. The Mets played 151 games altogether winning 80 of them. They were 18-43 versus NL teams.
At a stockholders meeting the St. Louis club announces an agreement with the players that will reduce the salaries still owed from $4389.68 to $2791.46.