This Date In Baseball
Compiled by PAUL MONTELLA
By The Associated Press
1945 -- Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a minor-league contract for the 1946 season with Montreal of the International League.
1956 -- The Brooklyn Dodgers sold Ebbets Field to real estate developer Marvin Kratter. Kratter leased the stadium back to the Dodgers through the 1959 season before using the site for a housing development.
1963 -- Sandy Koufax of Los Angeles became the second player to win the Cy Young and MVP in the same year. Koufax beat out Pittsburgh's Dick Groat for the MVP award.
1974 -- Oakland's Catfish Hunter, who led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA, was named the American League's Cy Young winner.
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