On This Date 6/15/1976

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Fearing the impact of free agency, Charles O. Finley, owner of the Oakland Athletics, sells off three of his top players. The temperamental owner sends outfielder Joe Rudi and reliever Rollie Fingers to the Boston Red Sox for $2 million, while sending starting pitcher Vida Blue to the New York Yankees for $1.5 million. Fingers and Rudi both put on Red Sox uniforms but never appear in a game as Commissioner Bowie Kuhn cancels the deals.

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