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This Day in Baseball History
November 5th

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1901 Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey lease Sportsman's Park for five years for an American League team. Two weeks later, they announced the Brewers, one of the league's eight charter franchises, will be leaving Milwaukee to play in St. Louis as the Browns next season.
1914 The Court of Appeals upholds the ban prohibiting Sunday amusements in Washington D.C, after the law, which would have allowed the playing of baseball on this day of the week, had previously been overturned. The Senators, during the brief legal interval, had still decided against scheduling games on the day of worship out of fear it might alienate its church-going fans, and will not play its first home game on a Sunday until 1918.
1936 The Dodgers name Burleigh Grimes as their new manager. The former Brooklyn spitballer will be replacing Casey Stengel, who was fired last month during the World Series after compiling a 208-251 (.453) record during his four-year tenure.
1940 In his bid to represent Maryland's sixth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, baseball legend Walter Johnson narrowly loses to William D. Byron, the Democrat incumbent, who will die in a plane crash in February. The Hall of Fame right-hander, elected as a Montgomery County Commissioner in 1938, receives 47% of the vote, but cannot overcome his opponent's opportunity to ride FDR's coattails.
1940 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Democratic candidate who broke with tradition to run for an unprecedented third term, is re-elected, defeating Wendell Willkie by a comfortable margin. The unlikely dark horse Republican candidate had once served as the Dodgers' lawyer, but the independent-minded barrister's involvement in politics proved not to be beneficial for a team that was in constant chaos at the time.
1958 Paul Richards is replaced by Lee McPhail as general manager of the Orioles. The former GM, who also served in a dual capacity as the team's manager, will remain in the Birds' dugout for another 2+ seasons.

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1976 For the second consecutive season, Jim Palmer (22-13, 2.51) is the recipient of the American League Cy Young Award. The Orioles' right-hander garners first-place votes on 19 of 24 ballots cast by the BBWAA, with the remaining five top spots going to rookie sensation Mark Fidrych of the Tigers.
1976 The Mariners and Blue Jays each select thirty players in the expansion draft. Seattle picks Royals' outfielder Ruppert Jones, and Toronto selects Orioles' shortstop Bob Bailor as their team's respective first picks.
1976 The A's release Chuck Tanner from his contract, allowing him to manage the Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 from Pittsburgh. During his nine-year tenure with the Bucs, the likable skipper will compile a 711-685 (.509) record and will win a World Championship in 1979.
1996 Derek Jeter (.314, 10, 78) is the unanimous choice of the 28 BBWAA scribes for the American League's Rookie of the Year. The 22 year-old shortstop is the eighth Yankee freshman to be honored, the first since Dave Righetti copped the award in 1981.

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1997 The Brewers, after the Royals turn down the opportunity, becomes the first major league baseball team to switch leagues this century, moving from the American League to the Senior Circuit when baseball's ruling executive council approved the shift. Milwaukee, who has played in the Junior Circuit since 1970, will become the sixth team in the NL Central Division with the Tigers going from the AL East to the AL Central, taking the Brewers' spot, and the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays from the AL West to the AL East.
1997 On the day he is named the AL Manager of the Year, Davey Johnson resigns as Orioles skipper. Although the team had the best record in the American League (98-64), the relationship between the Birds' skipper and owner Peter Angelos continued to deteriorate during the season.
2007 In an effort to replace relievers Francisco Cordero (Reds) and Scott Linebrink (White Sox), who were lost to free agency, the Brewers sign David Riske. The 31 year-old right-handed hurler, who after a rocky start pitched effectively for the Royals last season, agrees to a three-year contract to play for Milwaukee.
2007 The Pirates name former third base coach John Russell as their 38th manager in franchise history. The Bucs' new skipper, the 2006 International League Manager of the Year, managed the Red Barons, the triple-A Phillies affiliate located in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, for the past two seasons.
2008 Extending a major league record, Greg Maddux captures his 18th Gold Glove, making it two more than former Baltimore third baseman Brooks Robinson and 26-year big league veteran Jim Kaat. The 42 year-old Dodger right-hander, who is considering retirement, has been selected 18 of the last 19 years as the NL's slickest fielding pitcher, with the only exception occurring in 2003 when Mike Hampton got the nod from the managers and coaches for the Rawlings award.
2009 The Marlins trade Jeremy Hermida to the Red Sox for a pair of southpaw prospects, Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez. The move of the underachieving outfielder, a first-round draft choice in 2002, will allow Florida to cut payroll while adding pitching.
2009 Bobby Abreu (.293, 15, 103), a last-minute signing with the club last season, agrees to a $19 million, two-year deal to stay with the Angels rather than to retake a chance on the free-agent market. The veteran outfielder didn't find a team until just before spring training when Los Angeles offered him a one-year contract guaranteeing $5 million.
2010 One of the approximately 60 rare T206 Honus Wagner baseball cards, auctioned off by the Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame, is acquired by a sporting card store owner Doug Walton, who pays $262,000 for the treasured piece of memorabilia. The School Sisters of Notre Dame plan to use the windfall from the sale of the valuable card of the Pirates' third baseman to benefit ministries for the poor in 35 countries.

2012 The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz come to terms on a two-year, $26 million deal, that will most likely keep the Dominican slugger in Boston for the remainder of his career. Although limited to only 90 games last season due to an injured Achilles heel, 'Big Papi' has averaged 34 home runs and 109 RBIs each season during his ten-year tenure with the team.
2013 The Mariners name Lloyd McClendon to manage the team, replacing Eric Wedge, who announced his retirement at the end of the season. Seattle's new skipper, who spent the last eight seasons as a coach with Detroit, managed the Pirates for five years, compiling a 336-446 record from 2001 through 2005.
2014 Hall of Fame infielder/DH Paul Molitor is introduced as the Twins' 13th manager, signing a three-year deal to replace recently-released Ron Gardenhire, who spent 13 seasons at the helm. The 58 year-old native of St. Paul, Minnesota joins the ranks of recent hires without previous managerial experience that includes Mike Matheny (Cardinals), Don Mattingly (Dodgers), Robin Ventura (White Sox), and Walt Weiss (Rockies).

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