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1930 The Sporting News selects Giants' first baseman Bill Terry (.401, 14, 117) as the NL's Most Valuable Player, and Senator shortstop Joe Cronin (.346, 13, 126) receives the American League honor. The Associated Press also names Joe Cronin as its unofficial AL MVP, with the BBWAA choosing Hack Wilson, who gets a $1000 bonus from the Cubs for receiving the award, as its Senior Circuit honor.

(Ed. Note: Next season, the BBWAA begins casting official ballots for the league's MVPs.- LP)

1941 The Indians name Lou Boudreau, with only three years of major league experience, the team's new manager, replacing Roger Peckinpaugh, who moves up to the front office. The 24-year-old shortstop is the youngest skipper of this century but is a year older than Jim McCormick, a right-handed pitcher who managed the Cleveland Blues in 1879 at the age of 23.
1944 At Chicago's St. Luke's Hospital, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's only commissioner, dies surrounded by family five days after his 78th birthday. After the former federal judge served in the national pastime's top post for 24 years, the owners renewed his contract on November 17th for another seven-year term.

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1949 The BBWAA selects Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams (.343, 43, 159), the American League MVP. The 'Splendid Splinter,' who barely lost the Triple Crown when his batting average was .0002 below that of Tiger third baseman George Kell, wins the award with an overwhelming margin, easily outpointing runners-up Phil Rizzuto and Joe Black of the Yankees.
1970 Thurman Munson (.302, 6, 53) is named American League Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old Yankee backstop, who threw out 52% of would-be base stealers, received twenty-three of the twenty-four first-place ballot votes cast, with Indian outfielder Roy Foster named on the other.
1980 Gene Michael becomes the 25th Yankees' manager, replacing Dick Howser, who led New York to a first-place finish in the American League East after compiling a 103-59 record. The tall, thin skipper called 'Stick' will be fired in September but rehired by the Bronx Bombers' Boss George Steinbrenner at the end of April of the following season, only to be dismissed once again in August.
1981 Brewer hurler Rollie Fingers becomes the first relief pitcher to win the American League MVP Award. The 34-year-old right-hander, also this season's Cy Young Award recipient, narrowly beats former A's teammate Rickey Henderson by 11 points.
1986 Jose Canseco (.240, 33, 117) wins the American League's Rookie of the Year Award, narrowly outpointing Angels' first baseman Wally Joyner, 110-98. The 22-year-old Cuban-American is the first Oakland A's player selected for the freshman honor, becoming the first to accomplish the feat for the franchise since right-hander Harry Byrd (15-15, 3.31) copped the award in 1952 when the team played in Philadelphia.

2002 The Red Sox hire the youngest general manager in major league history. Twenty-eight-year-old Theo Epstein, a lifetime Red Sox fan who grew up about a mile from Fenway Park, becomes the team's eleventh GM since the club first established the position in 1933.
2003 The Cubs trade first baseman Hee Seop Choi (.210, 10, 32) and a minor league player to be named later (Mike Nannini) to the World Champion Marlins in exchange for Gold Glove first baseman Derrek Lee (.271, 31, 92).
2004 After spending $67 million to acquire its former president's shares of the Mariners, the Nintendo U.S. subsidiary now owns more than 50 percent of the Northwest franchise. Due to Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle is one of the favorite U.S. major league teams in the Land of the Rising Sun.
2005 The Phillies trade Jim Thome (.207, 7, 30) to the World Champion White Sox for center fielder Aaron Rowand (.270, 13, 69), and a pair of southpaw pitching prospects, Daniel Haigwood and Gio Gonzalez. The 35-year-old injury-ridden first baseman completed three seasons of his six-year $85 million deal with Philadelphia, helping the franchise establish creditability when the team moved to a new ballpark in 2004.

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2008 Chase Utley, expecting to need four to six months to recover, undergoes arthroscopic hip surgery at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery. Despite battling the injury for much of the year, the All-Star Phillies' second baseman played a pivotal role in the team's World Championship this season.
2008 The Marlins will endure a one-year delay in building their 37,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium, now set to open in 2012. Club president David Samson cites recent litigation slowed down the start of construction, and now it would not be cost-effective to keep to the original timeline.
2009 Citing his age and the lack of stamina needed to do the job well, legendary Yankee public address announcer Bob Sheppard indicates he will not be returning to the Bronx to do any games. The 99-year-old 'Voice of Yankee Stadium' spent more than 50 seasons behind the microphone introducing lineups that have included Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Derek Jeter.

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