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1899 The National League announces starting next season there will be two umpires working each game. A crew of four umps employed for all regular season games will not be instituted until 1952.
1931 Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert buys the International League's Newark franchise. The Bears will be very successful, sending many players to the Bronx which include Charlie Keller, Joe Gordon, and Spud Chandler.
1934 Bucky Harris is hired again in Washington, replacing manager Joe Cronin, who has been sold to Boston. The 'Boy Wonder' previously managed the Senators to American League championships in 1924 and 1925.
1951 The Japanese Pacific League All-Star team beats Lefty O'Doul's All-Stars, 3-1. The contest marks the first time American pros have lost to professional players of another country.
1958 New York's mayor Robert Wagner, who appointed a four-man committee to bring the National League back to the city, announces the preliminary plans for the Continental League. Chairman William Shea, after trying to woo the Reds, Phillies, and Pirates to come to the Big Apple, proposes the new league, implying that the upstart circuit might raid National and American League rosters due to baseball's refusal to consider expansion.
1965 At the beginning of his induction speech at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Branch Rickey mumbles to the audience before collapsing over the podium, "I don't believe I'm going to be able to speak any longer." The 83 year-old baseball executive, who suffered a massive heart attack on stage, will remain unconscious while in intensive care at Boone County Memorial Hospital in Columbia, Missouri before dying three weeks later.
1968 Bob Gibson (22-9, 268 strikeouts, 1.12 ERA) wins the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, edging out Reds infielder Pete Rose. The Cardinals' right-hander was also the unanimous winner of the Senior Circuit's Cy Young Award when he garnered all 20 of the first-place votes cast by the BBWAA.
1974 Steve Garvey (.312, 21, 111) receiving 13 of the 22 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA, wins the National League MVP Award, outpointing runner-up Lou Brock. The Dodgers' Gold Glove first baseman played a pivotal role in the team's National League championship.
1978 The Yankees sign pitcher Luis Tiant as a free agent to a two-year $875,000 contract. The 38 year-old El Tiante will post 21-17 (.553) record during his tenure in New York, but will not appear in the postseason in 1980 when the team wins the American League East division.
1979 Two players are named co-winners of the National League MVP award for the first time in major league history. Cardinal first baseman Keith Hernandez and Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell share the honor with both garnering 216 points in the BBWAA balloting, but 'Pops' receives 10 first-place votes compared to the four cast for the Redbird infielder.
1980 In the re-entry draft, Dave Winfield is selected by ten of the 26 teams, including the Mets, Yankees, and Braves, the front-running clubs hoping to land the San Diego superstar. The 29 year-old slugging outfielder, who will ink a record ten-year free-agent deal with the Bronx Bombers worth $16 million, is limited to signing a contract with one of the teams that had chosen him, a provision which usually weakens a free agent's bargaining position.
1984 Chicago second baseman Ryne Sandberg (.314, 19, 84) receives 22 of the 24 first-place votes in the BBWAA balloting to be overwhelming selected as the National League's Most Valuable Player. Ryno becomes the first Cub to capture the award since Ernie Banks was honored by the writers in 1959.
1987 Jim Frey, the team's former manager and broadcaster, is named the Cubs' Director of Baseball Operations. The first major move made by the skipper of the 1984 Chicago squad that won the NL East title will be to name Don Zimmer, a longtime friend, as Chicago's field boss.
1989 Jim Rice is released by the Red Sox, ending his 16-year tenure with the club . The future Hall of Fame outfielder/DH, who played his entire career with Boston, retires from the game with a lifetime .298 average along with 382 home runs.
1990 A's hurler Bob Welch (27-6, 2.95, 127) wins the AL Cy Young Award. The 34 year-old right-hander's 27 wins are the most victories in the majors since 1972 when Steve Carlton won that many for the last-place Phillies.
1995 Reds' shortstop Barry Larkin wins the National League's Most Valuable Player award, with Colorado outfielder Dante Bichette and Atlanta right-hander Greg Maddux as the runners-up in a close election. The Cincinnati infielder, the first shortstop since Maury Wills in 1962 to cop the prestigious prize, provided excellent defense and batted .319 to help his team to capture the NL West Division.
1996 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is selected as the fourth unanimous winner of the National League's Most Valuable Player award, joining Orlando Cepeda (1967 Cardinals), Mike Schmidt (1980 Phillies), and Jeff Bagwell (1994 Astros). The oft-injured San Diego infielder admitted 2002 a Sports Illustrated cover story that he had used steroids during his 1996 MVP season, and for several seasons afterwards.
1998 The ball thrown by Red Sox hurler Howard Ehmke and hit by Babe Ruth for the first home run hit in Yankee Stadium is sold at an auction for $126,500 ($110,000 bid + 15% commission). Mark Scala found the 1923 historic ball in the attic of his grandmother's home several years ago.
2000 Red Sox hurler Pedro Martinez (18-6, 1.74) wins the American League Cy Young Award, coping the 'top pitcher' prize three of the last four seasons. The right-hander is the first AL pitcher to be honored unanimously in consecutive years.
2001 Randy Johnson (21-6, 2.49, 372) wins his fourth Cy Young Award, his third straight as a member of the Diamondbacks. The 'Big Unit', who also won the honor in 1995 with the Mariners, is the second pitcher to win three consecutive Cy Young awards, joining Greg Maddux, who won four in a row from 1992-95.
2002 The Giants select former Expo veteran skipper Felipe Alou to replace Dusty Baker as their new manager. The 67 year-old Dominican Republic native compiled a 691-717 record during his ten years at the helm with Montreal and was selected as the National League Manager of the Year in the 1994 strike-shortened season.
2003 Eric Gagne, who saved 55 consecutive games for the Dodgers, becomes the ninth reliever to win a Cy Young Award. The runner-up is Jason Schmidt of the Giants, the pitcher with the NL's best won-lost percentage (17-4, 77%) and an ERA of 2.34 to lead the circuit.
2003 MLB announces that the drug screens taken during the past baseball season tested positive in 5-to-7 percent of the 1,438 samples provided by the players. The results will set into motion a mandatory testing program for performance-enhancing drugs with punitive consequences for failure for the first time in baseball history.
2006 Three of the top four National League vote-getters for Rookie of the Year Honors finishers are Marlins teammates. Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez, in an extremely tight race, edges Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and teammates second baseman Dan Uggla and hurler Josh Johnson.
2006 The Mets stage a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the construction of the 45,000-seat ballpark which will replace Shea Stadium in 2009. The new $800 million ballpark, named Citi Field in association with Citigroup Inc., will be reminiscent of Ebbets Field and will feature a statue of Jackie Robinson in a rotunda which will be named after the immortal Brooklyn Dodger infielder.
2006 Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (17-9, 3.63) cops the AL Rookie of the Year award, receiving 26 of a possible 28 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA. The 23 year-old hard-throwing hurler becomes the first starting pitcher to win the freshman award since Yankee newcomer Dave Righetti accomplished the feat in 1981.
2007 Given their postseason match-ups of the CYA candidates, many baseball observers are surprised when CC Sabathia (19-7, 3.21) is selected over Red Sox ace Josh Beckett (20-7, 3.27) for the American League Cy Young Award. by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. In the ALCS, the 27 year-old Indian southpaw faced Beckett twice and lost each time, but voting is done at the end of the regular season.
2008 Cliff Lee (22-3, 2.54) receives 24 of 28 first-place votes from the BBWAA to win the American League Cy Young award. Joining Gaylord Perry (1972) and CC Sabathia (2007), the 30 year-old southpaw becomes the third Indian hurler to cop the honor.
2008 With a year left on his contract, Ron Gardenhire agrees to a two-year extension to remain as the Twins skipper through 2001. The 51 year-old manager, who replaced Tom Kelly in 2002, has compiled a 622-512 record during his seven-year tenure in Minnesota, winning four division titles with the small market team.
2008 In a five-player trade with the White Sox, the Yankees obtained Nick Swisher and Triple-A right-hander Kaneoka Texeira in exchange for pitching prospects Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez, as well as infielder Wilson Betemit. The Bronx Bombers plan to use the flexible 27 year-old switch hitter to replace departing first baseman Jason Giambi, but could be moved to the outfield if the team acquires a big name free agent to play first.
2010 During an auction at the Louisville Slugger Museum, the winning bid for the ball Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hit for his 702nd career home run is $264,500, three times the estimated price. The historic horsehide, hit at Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1934 off Ted Lyons, had been passed down by three generations of a Minnesota family before being made available to the public.
2010 The Marlins send outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Padres for Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb, who are both right-handed relievers. The 23 year-old outfielder, the 10th overall pick in 2005, was traded by Detroit two years later in a major multiplayer Winter Meeting deal that included Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.
2012 Bob Melvin, for the second time in his career, is selected as the Manager of the Year when the Baseball Writers' Association of America name him first on 16 of 28 ballots to narrowly outpoint Buck Showalter of the Orioles, 116-108. The Oakland skipper, the National League's BBWAA managerial award recipient in 2007 with the Diamondbacks, guided the A's to the American League West title before losing Game 5 in the ALCS to Detroit.
2012 Davey Johnson, who led the Nationals to the most victories in the major leagues with a record of 98-64, is selected as the National League Manager of the Year, easily outdistancing runners-ups Dusty Baker of the Reds and Bruce Bochy of the Giants, when he receives 23 of the 32 first-place votes cast by the writers. The 69 year-old manager, honored by the BBWAA in 1997 for his managerial efforts with the Orioles, joins Bobby Cox (Blue Jays, Braves), Tony La Russa (White Sox and A's, Cardinals), Lou Piniella (Mariners, Cubs), and Jim Leyland (Pirates, Tigers) as the fifth skipper to have won the award in both leagues.
2013 The Phillies announce the team has reached a two-year, $16 million deal with Marlon Byrd, who helped the Pirates reach the postseason for the first since 1992 by hitting .318 after being traded by the Mets to the Bucs at the end of August. Last offseason, the 36 year-old outfielder signed a minor league contract with New York, emerging as one of the team's few offensive assets before being dealt to Pittsburgh along with John Buck for two minor league prospects.
2013 Max Scherzer is selected by the BBWAA as the American League's Cy Young Award winner, receiving 28 of 30 writers' first-place votes to finish ahead of Ranger ace Yu Darvish and Mariner starter Hisashi Iwakuma. The 29 year-old Tigers right-hander, who posted a 21-3 record with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts for the pennant-winning club, joins Justin Verlander (2011), Denny McLain (1968-69), and Willie Hernandez (1984) as the fourth hurler to cop the prestigious pitching prize hurling for Detroit.
2014 Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the unanimous selection of the BBWAA for the American League's Most Valuable Player Award, after finishing as the writers' second choice during the previous two seasons to the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. The 23-year-old South Jersey native becomes the youngest unanimous MVP selection in baseball history.

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