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Events, births and deaths that occurred on January 2.
- 1888 - Fred Dunlap finally signs with the Pittsburgh Alleghenys following the sale of his contract by Detroit. He agrees to a $5,000 salary and a $2,000 bonus, making him the highest-paid player to date.
- 1912 - Brooklyn Superbas president Charles Ebbets announces the purchase of 4.5 acres to build a 23,000-seat concrete and steel stadium in the Pigtown section of Brooklyn. Construction on the ballpark will start on March 14th. Ebbets decides to name the ballpark after himself, thus it is called Ebbets Field. Completed in just over a year, opening day will be on April 9, 1913.
- 1915 - The St. Louis Cardinals try to prevent outfielder Lee Magee from playing for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops of the Federal League. Like most such suits, it will fail. Magee will play and manage in the rival major league.
- 1946 - The Chicago White Sox buy pitcher Alex Carrasquel and shortstop Fred Vaughn from the Washington Senators. Carrasquel will make only three appearances for the White Sox before being farmed out. When Chicago acquires his nephew Chico Carrasquel in 1949, Alex is traded for reliever Luis Aloma, who will act as an interpreter for the young Venezuelan shortstop.
- 1977 - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for one year as a result of tampering charges in the Gary Matthews free agent signing. The Braves are permitted to keep the outfielder, however.
- 1981 - At Ponce, Puerto Rico, the Santurce Crabbers beat the Ponce Lions, 11 - 4. Ponce's Rickey Henderson steals his 41st and 42nd bases, breaking the old Puerto Rican League record of 41 set by Carlos Bernier in the 1949-50 season. Henderson will finish the season with 44 stolen bases.
- 1986 - Bill Veeck dies in Chicago, IL at age 71. Veeck was known for his flamboyant publicity stunts and the innovations he brought to the major leagues during his ownership of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. He was the last owner to purchase a baseball franchise without an independent fortune, and is responsible for many significant contributions to baseball.
- 1992 - Free agent pitcher Frank Viola is signed by the Boston Red Sox. A three-time All-Star, Viola guided the Minnesota Twins to the 1987 World Series and won the Cy Young Award in 1988.
- 2002 - The Pittsburgh Pirates sign free agent pitcher Mike Williams to a two-year contract. Williams began last season with Pittsburgh until being traded to Houston in July.
- 2003 - Due a conflict with the major league schedule, the annual Hall of Fame Game which has been held the day after Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place on a different weekend for the first time in the Hall's history. The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Devil Rays is scheduled for June 16th, with the Hall of Fame induction taking place on July 27th.
- 2010 - 3B Edwin Encarnacion is discharged from a hospital in Miami, FL, one day after being admitted to treat facial burns received when a firecracker exploded near him in a New Year's Day celebration in his native La Romana, in the Dominican Republic. Encarnacion suffers some burns, but no fractures and should be ready for the start of spring training.
- 2011 - P Dylan Owen of the Criollos de Caguas pitches seven no-hit innings and combines with teammates Eddy Ramos and Saul Rivera on a 5 - 0 no-hitter against the Gigantes de Carolina in the Puerto Rican League. A New York Mets farmhand, Owen pitched in AA and AAA last season.
- It's the turn of Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park to host the National Hockey League's annual Winter Classic. The New York Rangers defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3 - 2, as a crowd of 46,967 is present in the Phillies' home, turned into an outdoor hockey rink for the occasion.
- The postseason opens in the Venezuelan League with a 5 -2 win by the Caribes de Anzoátegui over the Navegantes del Magallanes, behind the solid pitching of Renyel Pinto. He strikes out 10, while allowing only 2 hits and a walk in 7 innings and his teammates hit four home runs to back his pitching. In the other contest today, the Tigres de Aragua beat the Tiburones de La Guaira, 13 - 7. Edgardo Alfonzo hits a two-run homer in the 1st to send the Tigres on their way, while Luis Hernandez goes 5 for 5.
- In the Dominican League, Pablo Ozuna goes 3 for 4 with 2 RBI as the Leones del Escogido beat the Aguilas Cibaeñas, 8 - 3. Runelvys Hernandez is the winner. In the other playoff game, the Gigantes del Cibao beat the Tigres del Licey, 9 - 1. Fabio Castro is the winner over Ramon Ortiz.
- 1850 - Francis Abercrombie, infielder (d. 1939)
- 1853 - Packy Dillon, catcher (d. 1902)
- 1854 - Sam Crane, infielder, manager (d. 1925)
- 1856 - Jack Farrell, outfielder (d. 1916)
- 1857 - Pat Murphy, catcher (d. 1927)
- 1863 - Ed Keas, pitcher (d. 1940)
- 1858 - Jack Neagle, pitcher (d. 1904)
- 1871 - Phil Saylor, pitcher (d. 1937)
- 1885 - Chick Autry, infielder (d. 1976)
- 1886 - Steve Melter, pitcher (d. 1962)
- 1888 - Harry LaRoss, outfielder (d. 1954)
- 1891 - Joe Lotz, pitcher (d. 1971)
- 1892 - George Boehler, pitcher (d. 1958)
- 1892 - Jack Kibble, infielder (d. 1969)
- 1892 - Merlin Kopp, outfielder (d. 1960)
- 1893 - Jesse Altenburg, outfielder (d. 1973)
- 1894 - Bill Wagner, catcher (d. 1951)
- 1901 - Goro Taniguchi, college pitcher; Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame (d. 1980)
- 1902 - Nick Dumovich, pitcher (d. 1978)
- 1902 - Ray Jacobs, pinch hitter (d. 1952)
- 1905 - Pinky Whitney, infielder; All-Star (d. 1987)
- 1906 - Harrison McGalliard, NPB catcher (d. 1978)
- 1907 - Tedd Gullic, outfielder (d. 2000)
- 1907 - Red Kress, infielder (d. 1962)
- 1909 - Bobby Reis, pitcher (d. 1973)
- 1911 - Deke Brackett, college coach (d. 1980)
- 1914 - Ted Strong, Negro League infielder/outfielder (d. 1978)
- 1919 - George Binger, USA national team player (d. 1998)
- 1919 - Bill Harman, pitcher/catcher (d. 2007)
- 1920 - Cliff Dapper, catcher (d. 2011)
- 1926 - Stan Hollmig, outfielder (d. 1981)
- 1929 - Ed Wolfe, pitcher (d. 2009)
- 1933 - Bill Oster, pitcher
- 1945 - Arnoud Blom, Hoofdklasse catcher (d. 2010)
- 1946 - Sonny Ruberto, catcher
- 1951 - Jim Essian, catcher, manager
- 1951 - Bill Madlock, infielder; All-Star
- 1951 - Royle Stillman, outfielder
- 1952 - Greg Heydeman, pitcher
- 1958 - Claudio Corradi, Serie A1 outfielder
- 1960 - Rich Bombard, minor league pitcher
- 1962 - Kozo Shoda, NPB infielder
- 1963 - David Cone, pitcher; All-Star
- 1963 - Edgar Martinez, designated hitter; All-Star
- 1964 - Colby Ward, pitcher
- 1965 - Greg Swindell, pitcher; All-Star
- 1970 - Royce Clayton, infielder; All-Star
- 1970 - Paulino Tena, minor league infielder
- 1971 - Rick Greene, pitcher
- 1972 - Jeff Jackson, minor league outfielder
- 1972 - Garrett Stephenson, pitcher
- 1973 - Mike Metcalfe, outfielder
- 1975 - Min-han Son, KBO pitcher
- 1975 - Jeff Suppan, pitcher
- 1977 - Hansel Izquierdo, pitcher
- 1977 - Scott Proctor, pitcher
- 1980 - Nate Fish, Bundesliga infielder
- 1980 - Matt Kaercher, minor league pitcher
- 1981 - Ryan Garko, infielder
- 1983 - Chih-Yao Chan, Taiwan national team outfielder
- 1983 - Hector Delgadillo, minor league pitcher
- 1983 - J.D. Martin, pitcher
- 1986 - Sergio Espinosa, minor league pitcher
- 1986 - Yi-Jie Hsiao, NPB pitcher
- 1986 - Brandon Waring, minor league infielder
- 1987 - Dave Sappelt, outfielder
- 1988 - Miguel Flores, minor league pitcher
- 1988 - Sang-soo Kim, KBO pitcher
- 1989 - Yong-chan Lee, KBO pitcher
- 1989 - Raywendley van Gurp, minor league infielder
- 1991 - Yi-Hao Lin, NPB pitcher
- 1991 - Lorenzo Oeyen, First Division infielder
- 1909 - Paddy Quinn, catcher (b. 1849)
- 1928 - Hunkey Hines, outfielder (b. 1867)
- 1929 - Denny Lyons, infielder (b. 1866)
- 1933 - Kid Gleason, infielder, manager (b. 1866)
- 1947 - Joe Koukalik, pitcher (b. 1880)
- 1954 - Fred Cozens, college coach (b. 1890)
- 1959 - Bert James, outfielder (b. 1886)
- 1960 - Ken Gables, pitcher (b. 1919)
- 1962 - Babe Dye, minor league outfielder (b. 1898)
- 1963 - Al Mamaux, pitcher (b. 1894)
- 1965 - Jim Stephens, catcher (b. 1883)
- 1968 - Tommy Warren, pitcher (b. 1917)
- 1972 - Glenn Crawford, infielder (b. 1913)
- 1974 - Gordon Slade, infielder (b. 1904)
- 1975 - Jim Poole, infielder (b. 1895)
- 1976 - Jack Kraus, pitcher (b. 1918)
- 1977 - Max Wilson, pitcher (b. 1916)
- 1978 - Oscar Estrada, pitcher (b. 1904)
- 1980 - Kenny Hogan, outfielder (b. 1902)
- 1980 - George Lees, catcher (b. 1895)
- 1986 - Bob Finley, catcher (b. 1915)
- 1986 - Bill Veeck Hall of Famer (b. 1914)
- 1987 - Julio Moreno, pitcher (b. 1921)
- 1987 - Bill Upton, pitcher (b. 1929)
- 1990 - Bill Beckmann, pitcher (b. 1907)
- 1994 - Eddie Smith, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1913)
- 1995 - Don Elston, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1929)
- 2002 - Bob Stevens, writer (b. 1926)
- 2003 - Bud Metheny, outfielder (b. 1915)
- 2004 - Don Dwyer, minor league infielder (b. 1925)
- 2008 - Dick Thompson, author (b. 1955)
- 2004 - Paul Hopkins, pitcher (b. 1904)
- 2008 - Gerry Staley, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1920)
- 2009 - Prince Joe Henry, Negro League player (b. 1930)
- 2012 - Carlo Forni, minor league infielder (b. 1917)
- 2012 - Howie Koplitz, pitcher (b. 1938)
- 2013 - Lee Eilbracht, college coach (b. 1924)