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Events, births and deaths that occurred on December 24.
- 1885 - The American Association champions St. Louis Browns agree to sell the reserve rights of infielder Sam Barkley to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for $1,000.
- 1929 - Francis McQuade is sued by the New York Giants. The club's treasurer, McQuade is accused of trying to "wreck and destroy" the team.
- 1940 - The Cleveland Indians trade veteran outfielder Ben Chapman to the Washington Senators for pitcher Joe Krakauskas. Cleveland also sells pitcher Johnny Allen to the Browns.
- 1949 - Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is found lying unconscious in an alley in Hollywood, CA. The great Old Pete, who was elected to the HoF in 1938, is suffering from epilepsy and is missing one of his ears. He will die from liver disease less than a year later.
- 1959 - The Milwaukee Braves sign 20-year old Dominican slugger Rico Carty.
- 1967 - While skiing at Lake Tahoe, Boston Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg tears the ligaments in his left knee. Lonborg, who posted a 22-9 record with 246 strikeouts and a 3.49 ERA and received the Cy Young Award, will pitch 12 more seasons in the major leagues, but will not again reach double digits in wins until 1971.
- 1969 - In a letter to Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, traded St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Curt Flood states his refusal to report to the Philadelphia Phillies citing he is not a piece of property to be sold. The MLB Players Association announces it supports Flood's suit against baseball and will pay his legal fees.
- 1974 - St. Louis Cardinals speedster Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year by The Sporting News. He finishes ahead of such sports luminaries as tennis great Jimmy Connors, golfer Johnny Miller, and Dodgers ironman reliever Mike Marshall.
- 1986 - Two free agents sign, Gary Ward with the New York Yankees, while Reggie Jackson signs with the Oakland Athletics.
- 1990 - The Montreal Expos trade longtime leadoff man Tim Raines to the Chicago White Sox for OF Ivan Calderón and P Barry Jones. In 12 seasons with the Expos, Raines batted .301 and stole 634 bases, the most in franchise history.
- 1992 - The Expos trade 3B Tim Wallach to the Dodgers in exchange for minor league infielder Tim Barker.
- In a deal which prompts a Boston Red Sox official to call the New York Yankees an "evil empire", Cuban defector Jose Contreras agrees to terms on a four-year contract with New York. Contreras, who was considered the top pitcher on Cuba's national team, was declared a free agent after gaining residency in Nicaragua.
- Two free agent pitchers sign contracts, Chad Fox with the Red Sox and Jay Witasick with the Padres. Meanwhile, free agent outfielder Chris Singleton sign with Oakland.
- 2004 - Boston Red Sox catcher and team leader Jason Varitek agrees to a four-year deal to stay in Boston. Joining Mike Menosky, Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice, Varitek is also named captain of the team.
- 2005 - Veteran reliever Mike Stanton returns to the Washington Nationals, agreeing to a $1 million, one-year contract.
- 2008 - One at-bat in a Cuban Serie Nacional game takes 85 minutes - without a rain delay or other interruption. Down 3 - 0 in the first, Sancti Spiritus manager Juan Castro summons veteran Dany Gonzalez from the bullpen to face David Remedios of the Industriales. Unfortunately, Gonzalez is ineligible to play because he is the one man on the Sancti Spiritus 27-man roster who is a "scratch" from today's game. Industriales manager German Mesa comes onto the field before Gonzalez throws a pitch, protesting that Sancti Spiritus has violated the rules, as Gonzalez was required to pitch to one batter after coming into the game. To try to prevent a forfeit, Castro tells Gonzalez to stall for time in hopes of bad weather or some other event that would cancel the game before he has officially and illegally faced a batter. After almost an hour and a half, Castro finally allows Gonzalez to pitch to Remedios, who he fans on 3 pitches.
- 2009 - Relief pitcher Matt Capps signs a contract with the Washington Nationals.
- 2010 - The Padres sign former All-Star OF Brad Hawpe to be their new first baseman, replacing Adrian Gonzalez, who was traded to the Red Sox earlier this month.
- 2013 - The Rakuten Golden Eagles have a change of mind, finally deciding to grant ace P Masahiro Tanaka's wish to be posted in order to join a Major League Baseball team. A number of teams are expected to bid the maximum $20 million for the right to negotiate with the two-time Sawamura Award winner.
- 1859 - Joe Crotty, catcher (d. 1926)
- 1869 - Zeke Wilson, pitcher (d. 1928)
- 1877 - Del Howard, infielder/outfielder (d. 1956)
- 1880 - John Brackenridge, pitcher (d. 1953)
- 1884 - Ernie Groth, pitcher (d. 1950)
- 1884 - George Zackert, pitcher (d. 1977)
- 1886 - David MacMillan, college coach (d. 1963)
- 1886 - Henry Mathewson, pitcher (d. 1917)
- 1889 - Ed McCreery, pitcher (d. 1960)
- 1889 - Bill Otis, outfielder (d. 1990)
- 1890 - Tod Sloan, outfielder (d. 1956)
- 1905 - Milt Dunnell, writer (d. 2008)
- 1910 - Lloyd Johnson, pitcher (d. 1980)
- 1912 - Dave Coble, catcher (d. 1971)
- 1913 - George Jeffcoat, pitcher (d. 1978)
- 1913 - Owen Scheetz, pitcher (d. 1994)
- 1914 - Kelly Wingo, minor league infielder and manager (d. 2001)
- 1915 - Frank Trechock, infielder (d. 1989)
- 1916 - Jack Graham, infielder (d. 1998)
- 1924 - Chico Garcia, infielder; Salón de la Fama (d. 2007)
- 1931 - Evelio Hernandez, pitcher
- 1934 - Robert Underwood, Negro League infielder (d. 2011)
- 1937 - Larry Foster, pitcher
- 1938 - Bobby Henrich, infielder
- 1943 - Al Stanek, pitcher
- 1946 - Lázaro Santana, Cuban league pitcher
- 1949 - Frank Taveras, infielder
- 1951 - John D'Acquisto, pitcher
- 1957 - Victor Cruz, pitcher (d. 2004)
- 1960 - John Costello, pitcher
- 1964 - Carlos Diaz, catcher
- 1964 - Tim Drummond, pitcher
- 1966 - Mo Sanford, pitcher
- 1968 - David Allen, minor league pitcher
- 1968 - Kirt Ojala, pitcher
- 1971 - Alex Cabrera, infielder
- 1971 - Dè Flanegin, Hoofdklasse outfielder-infielder
- 1971 - Cliff Foster, minor league pitcher
- 1974 - Keith Luuloa, infielder
- 1974 - Kevin Millwood, pitcher; All-Star
- 1974 - Jamey Wright, pitcher
- 1975 - Christopher Jimenez, Philippines national team infielder
- 1977 - Matt Ginter, pitcher
- 1978 - Edgar Arismendi, minor league pitcher
- 1978 - Franklin Bravo, minor league pitcher
- 1978 - Ramon Castillo, minor league pitcher
- 1979 - Joe Valentine, pitcher
- 1981 - Jérôme Sana, First Division infielder
- 1982 - Yuk-Ming Ng, Hong Kong national team infielder
- 1983 - Gregor Blanco, outfielder
- 1985 - Andrew Romine, infielder
- 1894 - Charlie Duffee, outfielder (b. 1866)
- 1913 - Chief Sockalexis, outfielder (b. 1871)
- 1915 - John Doyle, pitcher (b. 1858)
- 1927 - Al Myers, infielder (b. 1863)
- 1930 - Henry Lannigan, college coach (b. 1863)
- 1936 - Ren Deagle, pitcher (b. 1858)
- 1938 - Luke Lutenberg, infielder (b. 1864)
- 1938 - Bill Yohe, infielder (b. 1878)
- 1945 - Hughie Miller, infielder (b. 1886)
- 1947 - Joe Cobb, pinch hitter (b. 1895)
- 1953 - Pinch Thomas, catcher (b. 1888)
- 1955 - Jake Boultes, pitcher (b. 1884)
- 1956 - Del Howard, infielder/outfielder (b. 1877)
- 1957 - Hal Reilly, outfielder (b. 1894)
- 1958 - Jim Boyle, catcher (b. 1904)
- 1959 - Bill Friel, infielder (b. 1876)
- 1963 - Skipper Roberts, catcher (b. 1888)
- 1968 - Johnnie Heving, catcher (b. 1896)
- 1975 - Russ Lyon, catcher (b. 1913)
- 1978 - George McQuinn, infielder; All-Star (b. 1910)
- 1978 - Bill Rodgers, infielder (b. 1887)
- 1979 - Bert Wells, scout (b. 1902)
- 1980 - Bob Habenicht, pitcher (b. 1926)
- 1981 - Joe Kracher, catcher (b. 1915)
- 1987 - Nino Espinosa, pitcher (b. 1953)
- 2001 - Hank Soar, umpire (b. 1914)
- 2002 - Harley Bowers, journalist (b. 1921)
- 2004 - Johnny Oates, catcher, manager (b. 1946)
- 2005 - Xavier Rescigno, pitcher (b. 1913)
- 2005 - Henry Hyde Jr., minor league pitcher (b. 1950)
- 2009 - Stan Benjamin, outfielder (b. 1914)
- 2010 - Bill Wilhelm, college coach (b. 1929)
- 2012 - Brad Corbett, owner (b. 1937)