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November 9th

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1950 After twenty-one years with the club, Luke Appling is released by the White Sox, allowing him to become the manager of the Memphis Chicks of the South Atlantic League. The 43 year-old future Hall of Fame infielder, known as 'Old Aches and Pains' to his teammates, compiled a lifetime batting average of .310 during his two-plus decades with Chicago.
1953 The United States Supreme Court, reaffirming its earlier position, rules, 7-2, baseball is a sport and not a business. This decision exempts baseball from anti-trust laws, which are a collection of federal and state government laws that regulates the conduct and organization of corporations, generally to promote fair competition.
1982 Brewers' shortstop Robin Yount (.331, 29, 114) wins the American League MVP unanimously. The 26 year-old future Hall of Famer (1999) captures all 27 first place votes, easily beating runners-up Eddie Murray and Doug DeCinces.
1983 University of Alabama's first baseman Dave Magadan wins the Golden Spike Award as the United States top amateur player. The Tampa, Florida native, who was selected by the Mets in the second round of the draft in June, hit .535 in NCAA play for the CWS runner-up Crimson Tide.
2000 Dusty Baker, after posting the best record in baseball this season, is named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. The 51 year-old skipper, who guided the Giants to a 97-65 record, joins Tony La Russa (White Sox '83 and A's '88 and '92) as the only three-time winner of the award.
2001 After exercising Omar Daal's $4.5 million contract option for 2002 yesterday, the Phillies trade him to the Dodgers for minor league pitchers Eric Junge and Jesus Cordero. Philadelphia acquired the right-hander along with Travis Lee, Nelson Figueroa, and Vicente Padilla in the 2000 deal which sent Curt Schilling to the Diamondbacks.
2002 Dusty Baker signs a four-year deal to pilot the Cubs, leaving the Giants after guiding the club to a pennant this season. The three-time National League Manager of the Year compiled an 840-715 record during his ten-year tenure with San Francisco.
2004

"You want the truth. You can't handle the truth. The truth of this situation is an extremely talented bunch of guys who want to look at all directions except where they should really look and kind of make excuses for what happened. At the end of the day, boys, don't tell me how rough the water is, you bring in the ship." - STEVE STONE, Cubs veteran broadcaster criticizing the team for making excuses during an October interview on WGN radio.

The Cubs, hoping to fill the void created by Steve Stone's resignation, hire former Diamondback manager and current Fox television analyst Bob Brenly to broadcast games on WGN. After spending twenty years in the broadcast booth, Stone left Chicago after his on-air comments concerning the team's swoon in the wild-card race angered manager Dusty Baker and some of the players.

2004 Roger Clemens (18-4, 218, 2.98), after coming out of retirement to pitch for his hometown team, becomes the oldest hurler to win the Cy Young Award. The 42 year-old 'Rocket' has received the honor a record seven times and becomes the first to win the award with four different teams: Red Sox (1986-87, 1991), Blue Jays (1997-98), Yankees (2001), and the Astros (2004).
2005 After leading a very young Braves team to the East Division title, Bobby Cox is named the National League's Manager of the Year. The well-respected field boss becomes the first skipper, in either league, ever to win the award in consecutive years.
2005 Bud Selig, after delivering his annual address to major league general managers, tells reporters he favors revised congressional legislation that would suspend players for a half-season for using steroids. Also, the commissioner, while admitting the postseason umpiring calls need to be examined, continued to state his opposition to use instant replay for baseball.
2005 Ozzie Guillen is selected as the American League's Manager of the Year after guiding his team to a World Championship. The White Sox skipper joins his former field boss Bobby Cox, the NL's selection, as a recipient of the honor this season.
2008 Participants in a team-sponsored high school program aimed at helping Bronx youths pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction, along with a few players, remove rain-soaked dirt from the former Yankee Stadium and bring it across the street to the site of the team's new $1.3 billion field. The soil is mixed with the new stadium's dirt around home plate and pitcher's rubber, which were also removed during the ceremony from the 'House that Ruth Built'.
2011 In his native Venezuela, Wilson Ramos is kidnapped at gunpoint from his Santa Ines home. The 24 year-old Nationals' catcher, after being held captive for two days, will be rescued unscathed after the exchange of heavy gunfire by the police results in the arrest of his five alleged abductors.

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