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This Day in Baseball History
December 5th

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1950 Mel Ott leaves the Giants' organization, signing a two-year pact to manage the Pacific Coast League's Oakland club. 'Marvelous Mel' will be replacing Chuck Dressen, who compiled a 222-165 (.572) record and captured last season's PCL championship during his two-year tenure with the Oaks.
1952 Figures reveal 1,493,632 fewer fans attended major league games last season, representing a 9.26% decrease from the previous season. The drop marks the second consecutive season that attendance has declined, and the trend will also continue next year.
1955 Ellis Kinder is selected off waivers by the Cardinals from the Boston Red Sox. During his eight seasons in Boston, the 41 year-old right-hander posted an 86-52 record with an earned run average of 3.28.
1955 Carl Stotz announces his plans to organize a rival baseball circuit for kids as an alternative to Little League. The Williamsport lumberyard clerk considered the founder of the original Little League Baseball that started play in 1939, left the organization due to a lawsuit he filed when he disagreed with the expansion of the existing leagues.

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1957 The Cardinals acquire Curt Flood from the Reds, along with Joe Taylor, in exchange for Marty Kutyna, Willard Schmidt, and Ted Wieand. The deal, one of the few ever mandated by team owner Gussie Busch, proves to be very beneficial for the Redbirds when their new 19 year-old player develops into an All-Star Gold Glove center fielder, who will play a pivotal role in the club capturing two world championships and a NL pennant during his 12-year reign in St. Louis.
1958 The Phillies, hoping to fill the National League void in the Big Apple caused by the departure of the Giants and Dodgers to the west coast, drop any plans for 1959 broadcasts into New York City. The team's reversal takes place when the Yankees threaten to air Bronx Bombers contests in Philadelphia.
1973 Veteran third baseman Ron Santo thwarts the Cubs' plan to trade him when he becomes the first player to invoke the new 10 and 5 rule. The team wanted to send their 33 year-old infielder to the Angels for two pitchers, but his 10+ years in the major leagues with 5+ being in Chicago gave him the right to veto the deal.
1973 The Dodgers trade outfielder Willie Davis to Montreal for Mike Marshall. The reliever will win the Cy Young Award for LA next season, and Davis has a solid season, batting .295, in his one season with the Expos.
1975 Yogi Berra, fired unexpectedly after piloting the club as a first-year manager to a 99-63 record and an American League pennant in 1964, returns to the Yankees as a coach after an 11-year absence. The hiring of the team's former All-Star catcher and skipper to be Billy Martin's bench coach marks the first time in the history of the game the designation becomes a description for a member of the coaching staff.
1977 Bobby Bonds (.264, 37, 115), made expendable when the team signed Lyman Bostock, is dealt by the Angels with Thad Bosley and Richard Dotson to the White Sox in exchange for backstop Brian Downing, Dave Frost, and Chris Knapp. The trade is projected to be helpful to both teams as Bonds will help fill the power void created by the departure of Richie Zisk and Oscar Gamble to free agency, and California gets a badly needed first-string catcher with Downing, who will become a mainstay behind the plate for the Halos for 13 seasons.
1978 The Indians deal Alfredo Griffin along with prospect Phil Lansford to the Blue Jays for Victor Cruz. The Tribe's transaction will prove to be short-sighted when the 21 year-old shortstop wins the American League Rookie of Year Award next season, and their newly acquired right-hander posts a 3-9 record with a 4.23 ERA.
1978 After sixteen years with the Reds, Pete Rose signs a four-year, $3.2 million deal with the Phillies. The Mets, Braves, Pirates, and Royals also pursued Charlie Hustle, who makes a major contribution to Philadelphia’s three postseason appearances, including the 1980 World Championship, during his five-year tenure with team.
1984 It's a busy day for the Yankees as the Bronx Bombers obtain base-stealing outfielder Rickey Henderson and pitcher Bert Bradley from the A's in exchange for pitchers Jay Howell and Jose Rijo, outfielder Stan Javier, and minor leaguers Tim Birtsas and Eric Plunk, and also trade catcher Rick Cerone to the Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher.
1990 Hoping to fill the void created by Darryl Strawberry's departure to LA as a free agent, the Mets make their first move into the free-agent market in 10 years when they sign Vince Coleman to a 4-year contract just shy of $12 million. The former St. Louis outfielder, who will spend time on the disabled list on five occasions during the next two seasons, will be hampered by injuries to his ribs and hamstrings during his stay with New York.
1990 Toronto trades first baseman Fred McGriff and shortstop Tony Fernandez to the Padres for second baseman Roberto Alomar and outfielder Joe Carter. The two new Blue Jays will both play a vital role in the team's back-to-back World Championships in 1992 and 1993.
1996 The new collective bargaining agreement is unanimously approved by the player association executive committee. The affirmative vote of the CBA clears the path for interleague play and guarantees there will be no work stoppages for at least five years.
2001 New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces he wants to complete new stadium deals for the Mets and Yankees before he leaves office at the end of the month. Before the September 11 attacks, which dramatically changed the city's financial stature, the mayor believed an arrangement in which the city, the state, and the owners agreed to pay one-third of the cost of the new stadiums might complete the negotiations with the teams.
2002 The Mets sign the much sought after free-agent Tom Glavine to a three-year deal worth $35 million, with an option for an additional year that could increase the value of the contract to $42.5 million. The 36 year-old southpaw, who has compiled a 242-143 record along with a 3.37 ERA, will notch his 300th career win with New York in 2007.
2009 After trying seven shortstops since Nomar Garciaparra's 2004 trade to the Cubs, the Red Sox give Marco Scutaro an opportunity to play the position, inking the 34 year-old infielder to a two-year deal with a club option for 2012. The free-agent, who hit a career-best .282 along with 12 homers and 60 RBIs for Toronto last season, will replace Alex Gonzalez, who left the Red Sox after Boston declined his $6 million option and recently signed with the Blue Jays.
2010 On the eve of the winter meetings, free-agent Jayson Werth (.296, 27, 85) and the Nationals come to terms on a $126 million, seven-year contract. The signing of the 31 year-old right-fielder, who has been a cog in Philadelphia's recent success, will help to fill the void created by the departure of Adam Dunn, the team's former clean-up hitter, to the south side of Chicago.
2011 ESPN hires Terry Francona, fired as the Red Sox manager, to be the analyst for its signature Sunday Night games and to be a contributor on other studio shows, including SportsCenter. The former skipper will be replacing Bobby Valentine, who was recently hired to replace him in the Boston dugout.
2011 Ron Santo is elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously by the Golden Era Committee, receiving 15 of its possible 16 votes. The former Cubs' third baseman, who played in the 1960s and early '70s, compiled a .277 lifetime batting average, won five Gold Gloves and was a member of nine All-Star teams during his 15-year tenure in Chicago, including a season on the South Side with the White Sox.
2014 Kevin Cash becomes the youngest current skipper in the big leagues when the Rays announce on Twitter that he will be replacing Joe Maddon, who recently signed to manage the Cubs. Tampa Bay selects the 37 year-old former Indians’ bullpen coach over Don Wakamatsu, the present Royals bench coach and one-time Mariners manager.
2015 The organ, played by the legendary Nancy Faust who entertained fans at Old Comiskey Park and the U.S. Cellular Field for more than 3,000 White Sox home games over 41 seasons, is purchased by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, who grow up in Chicago listening to her renditions of Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. The iconic instrument was put up for bid by the team during their annual holiday charity auction at U.S. Cellular Field.


2019 The Reds ink Mike Moustakas, who hit .254 with 35 home runs and 87 RBI in 143 games for the Brewers last season, to four-year, $64 million deal, making the left-handed slugger the team’s richest free-agent signing in club history. Cincinnati is counting on the three-time All-Star infielder to provide some much-needed offense to a lineup that scored the fourth-fewest runs in the National League last year.

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