From Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times:
1945 It's a big day in baseball history as Jackie Robinson meets Branch Rickey and signs with Dodgers. Rickey tells Robinson, "I want a player with the guts not to fight back."
10 years ago today, Odalis Perez had quite a day for himself. A decade ago, he barely needed his teammates to win a game – which is nice because they barely helped him.
On Aug. 28, 2002, Odalis Perez was the starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Heading into the day, Perez was having a nice season, with an 11-8 record backed up by a 3.14 ERA. This would be his best game ever.