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This Day in Baseball History
November 19th

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1884 League secretary Nick Young becomes National League president replacing Abe Mills, who had resigned from the post. The likable executive will stay in the position until he returns to his role with the U.S. Treasury Department in 1902.
1939 With 20,000 well-wishers jamming the streets in the City by the Bay, Joe DiMaggio marries actress Dorothy Arnold at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco. The Yankees outfielder met his future bride on the set of 'Manhattan Merry-Go-Round', a movie in which he had a minor role.

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1960 James Vernon will pilot the new American League expansion Senators in their inaugural season in the nation's capital. During his three-year tenure with the new club, 'Mickey' will compile a dismal 135-227 record, finishing no higher than ninth place.
1962 The Cardinals send pitcher Don Cardwell and infielder Julio Gotay to the Pirates for shortstop Dick Groat and pitcher Diomedes Olivo. The Redbirds' new infielder will become a central cog in the team's World Championship in 1964.
1968 Yankee right-hander Stan Bahnsen (17-12, 2.05, 162) is named American League Rookie of the Year. The 23 year-old freshman starter easily outdistances outfielder Del Unser (.230, 1, 30) of the last-place Senators.
1975 In a landslide vote, Joe Morgan (.327, 17, 94) is overwhelmingly elected the National League MVP. The Reds' second baseman, who received 21 of the 23 first-place votes cast by the writers, had a major league-leading on-base percentage of .466.
1979 Former Angel Nolan Ryan agrees to a $4.4 million, four-year deal with the Astros, the largest sum ever given to a free-agent signing with a new team. After inking the richest contract in sports, the 'Ryan Express' becomes the first baseball player to earn a million dollars per year.

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1986 Mike Schmidt (.290, 37, 119) joins Roy Campanella and Stan Musial, becoming only the third player in National League history to win the MVP three times. The Phillies' third baseman also won the prestigious prize in 1980 and 1981.

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1990 Being named first on 23 of 24 of the writer's ballots cast by the writers with the other first-place vote cast for teammate Bobby Bonilla, Pirates' outfielder Barry Bonds (.301, 23, 114) easily wins the National League Most Valuable Player Award. The future all-time home run king will win an unprecedented seven MVPs, five while playing with the Giants.
1991 Cal Ripken Jr. (.323, 34,114) wins his second American League Most Valuable Player Award, joining the 1987 selection of Cub outfielder Dawson as the second player from a sixth-place club to get an MVP nod from the BBWAA. The 31 year-old Oriole shortstop, who also copped the honor in 1983, receives 15 of the 28 first-place votes cast by writers to easily outpoint (318-286) Tiger first baseman Cecil Fielder, the runner-up for the second straight year.
1993 Howard Johnson, who will turn 33 at the end of the month, becomes the first free agent to sign with another team this off-season when he agrees to a one-year deal worth $2,100,000 to play for the Rockies. The switch-hitting slugger, who led the National League in homers and RBIs two years ago, has seen his production drop in recent seasons, primarily due to injuries.
1996 Free-agent Albert Belle signs a record five-year, $55 million deal with the White Sox. The generous contract makes the 30 year-old left fielder the first player in baseball history to earn $10 million annually.
1998 Sammy Sosa, who receives 28 of the 30 writers' first-place votes, is selected as the National League MVP, creating a historic Latin American sweep of the MVP awards with Ranger Juan Gonzalez winning the award in the American League this season. The Texas outfielder easily outpoints shortstops Nomar Garciaparra of the Red Sox and the Yankees' Derek Jeter to cop the AL honor.
2001 In a landslide vote, Giants' left fielder Barry Bonds (.328, 73, 137), receiving 30 of 32 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA, wins the Most Valuable Player Award for an unprecedented fourth time (1990, 92-93 with the Pirates). Three-time MVPs include Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, and Mike Schmidt.
2002 Jesse Orosco, the 24-year veteran who is the all-time leader in games pitched at 1,187, agrees to a one-year contract with the Padres estimated to worth $800,000. The 45 year-old lefty reliever, who started his major league career with the Mets in 1979 after being traded by the Twins for Jerry Koosman, is the oldest player in the majors.
2004 The Angels trade flychaser Jose Guillen (.294, 27, 104) to the Nationals for outfielder Juan Riveria and infielder Maicer Izturis. The Dominican Republic native, now playing for his sixth team in his eight-year career, was suspended by Anaheim last September for throwing a helmet during a tirade after being taken out for a pinch-runner
2007 Alex Rodriguez (.314, 54, 156), receiving 26 out of 28 first place-votes cast by the BBWAA, wins his third American League Most Valuable Player Award, the second as a Yankee (2005). The 32 year-old third baseman, presently in contract talks with the Bronx Bombers with a $275 million framework in place to keep him in New York until 2018, won his first MVP with the Rangers in 2003.
2007 The Angels trade Orlando Cabrera (.301, 8, 86) to the White Sox in exchange for Jon Garland (10-13, 4.23). Many see this trade of their Gold Glove shortstop for a right-hander as a precursor of the pitching-rich Halos dealing a hurler for a big bat such as Miguel Cabrera or Miguel Tejada.
2008 The Mariners hire former A's bench coach Don Wakamatsu as the team's 16th manager in the 31-year history of the franchise. The fourth-generation Japanese-American, whose father was born in an internment camp during World War II, is the first Asian-American to manage in the big leagues.
2008 The Royals obtain a much-needed leadoff hitter, acquiring Coco Crisp (.283, 7, 41) from the Red Sox in exchange for setup reliever Ramon Ramirez (3-2, 2.64, 70/71.2). The fleet-footed center fielder became dispensable due to the sensational play of Jacoby Ellsbury in the Boston outfield.
2010 The Tigers finalize a $16.5 million, three-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit, with the 33 year-old right-hander getting $5.5 million a year. The contract for the former Tampa Bay setup man is similar to the one given to Brandon Lyon, who filled the same role for Detroit before going to Houston in the 2009 offseason.
2010 At a news conference at Minute Maid Park, Astros owner Drayton McLane announces he is putting the club up for sale. The 74 year-old entrepreneur, who purchased the franchise for about $117 million in 1992, tells the gathering, "it's time to change and move forward."
2012 Miami's hurlers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle along with shortstop Jose Reyes, catcher John Buck, utility player Emilio Bonifacio, and cash go to the Blue Jays for shortstops Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria, starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, backstop Jeff Mathis, and three minor leaguers, including highly-regarded pitching prospect, Justin Nicolino. The blockbuster trade is reminiscent of the team's moves in 1997 and 2003 when the Marlins put its bottom line above fielding a competitive team for the South Florida fans.
2012 The Padres exercised their 2014-15 options on Bud Black's contract, ensuring their skipper will remain with the club for the next three seasons. The 2010 National League's Manager of the Year, who has the second-longest tenure in the dugout in franchise history, has compiled a 464-509 (.465) won-loss record during his six seasons with San Diego.

"The historical significance of Wrigley Field is interwoven into our nation's story and a key part of what has become America's beloved pastime for over a century." - DAVID L. BERNHARDT, U.S. Secretary of the Interior designating Wrigley Field a national landmark.

David L. Bernhardt designates Wrigley Field, built in 1914, as a National Historic Landmark. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior cites the significant role the Cubs' ballpark has played in Chicago and the history of professional sports.

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