1/1: Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1967-69
1/2: Johnny Mize is the only player in Major League history to hit 50 or more home runs and strike out less than 50 times. In 1947, he hit 51 home runs with only 42 punchouts
1/4: Jason Varitek has caught the most no-hitters with four
1/7: Roger Clemens won more than 60 games before he turned 25 and ended his career with 354.  Warren Spahn had 0 wins before he turned 25 and ended with 363
1/8: In 2012, Adam Dunn hit .202 (649PAs) while teammate Alex Rios hit .302 (640 PAs). Contrary to what most would believe, Dunn actually reached base more times than Rios (216 to 214)
1/9: Jimmy Piersall and Eddie Mathews were baseball's first recipients of the Sophomore of the Year Award, awarded in 1953 to baseball's top second-year players in each league
1/10: On December 6, 2002, a Ken Griffey Jr. trade to San Diego was blocked by the no-trade clause of Phil Nevin
1/11: In 2012, Jonathan Lucroy had two 7 RBI games - or two more 7 RBI games than Chipper Jones had in his entire career
1/14: In two different games this year, the Yankees scored at least 17 runs against the A's. Phil Hughes started both games -- but didn't get the win in either of them because he couldn't make it through five innings
1/15: Nolan Ryan has the most bases-loaded walks allowed in his career with 47
1/16: Astros pitcher, Fernando Rodriguez, led all MLB pitchers with eight strikeouts with the bases loaded
1/18: The all-time leader in extra inning home runs is Willie Mays with 22
1/21: The first African-American Major League umpire was Emmett Ashford, who made his debut in 1966
1/22: Darin Erstad is the only player to win a Gold Glove at multiple positions (OF, 1B)
1/23: The only player to pinch hit for Ted Williams was Carrol Hardy, a career .225 hitter. Ironically enough, Hardy was also the only player to pinch hit for Williams' replacement, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski
1/24: The last American League pitcher to steal a base was Kenny Rogers, back on June 16, 2002. Ironically enough, not a single baserunner stole a base off him that year
1/25: Nellie Fox holds the record for most consecutive games without striking out, going 98 games without a K back in 1958
1/28: Deion Sanders was the first athlete to play in both a World Series (1992) and a Super Bowl (1995)
1/29: Albert Belle is the only player in Major League history to hit 50 2B and 50 HR in a season, when he hit 52 doubles and 50 jacks in 1995
1/30: Clyde Barnhart is the only player in Major League history to collect hits in three different games on the same day, as he and his Pirates played in a triple-header on October 2, 1920
1/31: Lloyd Waner had fewest XBH for a 200 hit season, when only 25 of his 223 hits were for more than one base back in 1927
 


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