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  1. GatorLurker

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    Great wooden bat. When I was a kid I also had the Mantle bat but was never strong enough for it. Maybe when I was in my late teens.
     
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    The way I remember them the Mantle model had a solid but a lil’bit heavy barrel and a really thin handle. My fingers were long enough that the Mantle model just didn’t fit my grip right. The Musial model was more of a medium thickness handle. But that’s just my memory.
     
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    1907 Dick Bartell, American baseball shortstop, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
    1926 Lew Burdette, baseball player
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    1949 David Pietrusza, American baseball historian
    1950 Greg Luzinski, baseball player (Phillies, White Sox)
    1950 Lyman Bostock, baseball player
    1955 Wayne Tolleson, baseball player
    1958 Lee Guetterman, pitcher (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
    1974 Joe Nathan, American baseball player

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    1890 The American Association expels the Philadelphia Athletics, who lost the last 22 games of the season, for violating the league's constitution. The Quakers, a team which had played the 1890 season in the 'City of Brotherly Love' in the defunct Players' League, replaces the ousted financially-strapped franchise.
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    1908 In the first game between a Japanese and an American professional team, the Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University in Tokyo, 5-0. The sporting goods company sponsored team, which mainly consists of minor leaguers from the Pacific Coast League, will win all 17 games they played in Japan, before moving on to participate in contests in the Philippines and Hawaii.
    1932 Cardinal starting shortstop Charlie Gelbert severely shatters his left ankle in a hunting accident. The 26 year-old infielder from Scranton (PA) misses two seasons and returns as an utility player in 1935, before finishing his nine-year career with the Red Sox in 1940.
    1934 The Cubs trade Guy Bush, Jim Weaver, and Babe Herman to the Pirates for Larry French and Freddie Lindstrom.
    1954 The Pirates purchase the contract of Roberto Clemente from Montreal, the Dodgers' AAA farm club
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    1957 In a controversial vote, Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle edges out Red Sox superstar Ted Williams to win the American League MVP. In spite of the 'Splendid Splinter' leading the league with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging average, two Chicago writers still list him in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.
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    1957 After 22 seasons, Larry Goetz is unwillingly 'retired' as a National League umpire by Warren Giles. The discharged arbitrator had been critical of the Senior Circuit because of the league's refusal to include umps in the players' pension fund.
     
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    1960 The American League proposes an expansion to nine teams in both leagues with interleague play. If the National League agrees, the Junior Circuit will delay its plans for a Los Angeles franchise.
    1961 Frank Robinson becomes the first Reds' player to win the National League MVP award since first baseman Frank McCormick copped the honor after the 1940 season. The 26 year-old right fielder gets all of the writers' 15 first-place votes, easily outpointing Orlando Cepeda, 219-117.

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    1967 Rod Carew (.292, 8, 51) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The Twins second baseman, receiving 19 of 20 first-place votes, easily outdistances Reggie Smith of the Red Sox.
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    1968 Johnny Bench, who kept his freshman status by missing the final three games of the 1967 season due to a hand injury, is named the National League's Rookie of the Year by the narrowest of margins. The 20 year-old Reds' catcher edges Mets' southpaw Jerry Koosman for the award when Chicago American veteran scribe Jim Enright splits his choice because he "couldn't vote for one and ignore the other."
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    1971 The Indians' freshman first baseman, Chris Chambliss (.275, 9, 48), wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 11 of 24 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA. The runner-up is Bill Parsons, named on five writers' ballots after compiling a 13-17 record along with a 3.20 ERA for the Brewers this season.
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    1972 Johnny Bench wins his second National League MVP award in the last three years, easily outdistancing runner-up Cubs' left fielder Billy Williams by 52 points. The 24 year-old Cincinnati catcher, a major cog in the Big Red Machine, hit a league-leading 40 home runs en route to driving in 110 for the National League champs.
    1977 Expo outfielder Andre Dawson (.282, 19, 65) wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by a single vote over the Mets' Steve Henderson (.297, 12, 65). New York obtained Henderson in the Seaver trade with the Reds.
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    1977 The Yankees sign free-agent Rich 'Goose' Gossage to a six-year 2.75 million dollar contract. The future Hall of Famer closer had 26 saves and a 1.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.

    1977 Terry Forster, the American League saves leader in 1974 with the White Sox, signs a big contract with the Dodgers, becoming the team's first free agent. Last season, the southpaw compiled a 6-4 record with a 4.43 ERA pitching for the Pirates and will post an 11-13 record during his five years in Los Angeles.

    1978 Second baseman Lou Whitaker (.285, 3, 58) wins the American League Rookie of the Year award. The distant runner-up is Brewers' second baseman Paul Molitor.
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    1982 Steve Sax (.282, 4, 47) becomes the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, and Fernando Valenzuela had been the previous winners.
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    1983 Ron Kittle (.254, 35, 100) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Indians' infielder Julio Franco (.273, 8, 80) and Orioles' hurler Mike Boddicker (16-8, 2.77). The free-swinging White Sox outfielder struck out a league-leading 150 times.
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    1984 Mariner first baseman/DH Alvin Davis (.284, 27, 116) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, easily outdistancing his teammate, southpaw Mark Langston, and Twins' outfielder Kirby Puckett.
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    1989 Kirby Puckett becomes the first major league player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year when he inks a pact with the Twins for $9 million over three years.
    1996 The soil is poured at Tropicana Field, making it the first dirt infield on an artificial-turf field since Busch Stadium in 1975. Typically, dirt is usually only found around the bases and home plate when synthetic grass is employed.
     
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    2000 Although offered more money by three other clubs, switch-hitting shortstop Jose Valentin elects to stay with the White Sox, signing a three-year deal with a fourth-year option worth $5 million a year.
    2003 The oldest player in the major leagues next season could still be Jesse Orosco (2-2, 7.68). The 46 year-old southpaw reliever agrees to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks and will earn an $800,000 salary when he is added to the big league roster.
    2004 At a lunchtime celebration at Union Station, which includes a protest, the recently relocated Washington National League franchise announces its new name, logo, and colors. Using the official original name of the district's team which used the nickname the Senators from 1901-56, the club clad in red, white, blue, and gold will be known as the Nationals.
    2006 The Dodgers sign free-agent Juan Pierre to a five-year, $44 million deal. The speedy center fielder did not miss a game during his last four seasons playing with Florida and Chicago.
    2010 Joey Votto, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes, is the overwhelming choice of the BBWAA to be the National League's Most Valuable Player. The Reds' first baseman, who helped Cincinnati reach the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, hit .324 and led the major leagues with a .424 on-base percentage.
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    2011 Major League Baseball and the Players Association sign a memorandum of understanding on a new five-year Basic Agreement, ensuring fans of uninterrupted baseball through the 2016 season. The new deal includes mandatory testing of blood for HGH, 15 teams in each league by 2013, another round of playoffs, two more wild-card teams, and the expansion of the use of instant replay.
    2011 Ryan Braun (.332, 33, 111) becomes the first Brewer selected as the Most Valuable Player since1989 when Robin Yount won the award. The Milwaukee left fielder, who was listed first on 20 ballots and second on the rest of the 32 writers' ballots, outpointed runner-up LA's Matt Kemp (.324, 39, 126) in the overall voting, 388-332.
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    2016 President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for the past 67 seasons. The recently retired play-by-play announcer joins other baseball notables, including Hank Aaron, Moe Berg, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial, to have received the nation's highest civilian honor.

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    2019 The Mariners and Double-A Arkansas Travelers' infielder Evan White, their No. 17 pick of the 2017 draft, agree to a six-year, $24 million contract, making him the first player at that level to receive a long-term extension. Last season, his second year of professional ball, the minor league first baseman, who played for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, posted a .293 batting average, along with 18 home runs and 55 RBI, playing in 92 games for the Texas League club.

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    1910 Hal Schumacher, baseball player
    1930 Jack McKeon, baseball player
    1940 Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
    1954 Ken Schrom, baseball player
    1954 Glenn Brummer, American baseball player
    1959 Brook Jacoby, baseball player
    1963 Dale Sveum, baseball player
    1964 Jose Gonzales, baseball player
    1977 Adam Eaton, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
    1980 Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    1943 Commissioner Landis suspends William Cox indefinitely after the Phillies owner acknowledges making some "sentimental" bets on his team, not knowing it was against the rules. The gambling allegations first surfaced in July, when the club's recently fired manager, Bucky Harris, revealed he had evidence that his former boss was wagering on Philadelphia's games.

    1960 Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year
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    1962 The BBWAA selects Dodger shortstop Maury Wills as the National League's Most Valuable Player. The Gold Glove infielder stole a record 104 bases this season and served as a catalyst in the team's 102 victories and their attempt to capture a pennant, an effort that fell short in a three-game playoff against San Francisco.
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    1964 The Mets purchase Future Hall of Fame southpaw Warren Spahn from the Braves. In addition to serving on the club's coaching staff, the crafty southpaw will post a 4-12 record in twenty appearances.
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    1966 Chicago outfielder Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of Year
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    1971 Bill Virdon is named to take over for the retiring Danny Murtaugh as the World Champion Pirates manager. The Bucs' former skipper will return to the Pittsburgh dugout during the 1973 season to replace his replacement.
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    1977 The Red Sox sign two free-agent pitchers as Mike Torrez and Dick Drago come to terms to play in Boston.
    1988 Steve Sax signs a three-year deal as a free agent with the Yankees worth $3.75 million. The former NL Rookie of the Year will replace fan-favorite Willie Randolph at second base, and Randolph will sign with the World Champion Dodgers, taking Sax's spot.
    2007 While visiting his wife's family and scheduled to be the best man at a wedding later in the day, Joe Kennedy awakes and collapses in the bedroom at 1:00 am and dies unexpectedly. The 6'4", 250-pound Blue Jays southpaw reliever, who signed with the club in September after being released by the Diamondbacks, also played for the A's, Rockies, and Devil Rays during his seven-year career.
    2007 The woeful Reds bullpen gets a big boost with the signing of free-agent Francisco Cordero to a four-year, $46 million contract. The 32 year-old former Brewers closer collected 44 saves in 51 chances while posting a 2.98 ERA with Milwaukee last season.
    2009 Joe Mauer (.365, 28, 96) becomes the fifth Twin to be named the American League's Most Valuable Player, joining Zoilo Versalles (1965), Harmon Killebrew (1969), Rod Carew (1977), and Justin Morneau (2006). The slugging Gold Glove catcher, who missed the first month of the season with a back injury, receives 27 of 28 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA, and the St. Paul native easily outpoints Yankee teammates Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter.
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    2010 Josh Hamilton joins Jeff Burroughs (1974), Juan Gonzalez (1996, 1998), Ivan Rodriguez (1999), and Alex Rodriguez (2003) as the fifth Ranger player to win the American League's Most Valuable Player award. The Texas slugging outfielder, who received 22 of the 28 first-place votes cast by the writers, led the major leagues in batting with a .359 average, hitting 32 homers and driving in 100 runs despite missing 29 games in September after suffering two broken ribs.
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    2010 Aubrey Huff agrees to a $22 million, two-year deal to stay with the World Champions Giants. Last January, San Francisco signed the 33 year-old to a one-year contract hoping he could provide some pop in the middle of the batting order, and the first baseman/outfielder did not disappoint, hitting a team-leading 26 home runs along with 86 RBIs.
    2011 The A's send right-hander Gio Gonzalez and pitching prospect Robert Gilliam to the Nationals for southpaw Tommy Milone, catcher Derek Norris, right-hander Brad Peacock, and minor-league hurler A.J. Cole. After agreeing to a five-year, $42 million extension following the trade, Washington's newest member of the rotation will enjoy a spectacular first season in the nation's capital, going 21-8 with an ERA of 2.89.
    2011 The oft-injured Grady Sizemore agrees to a one-year, incentive-laden contract to stay with the Indians after the club declined his $9 million option for 2012. The Tribe will pay the 29 year-old All-Star outfielder $5 million next season, along with the opportunity to make another $4 million based on plate appearances and another $500,000 if he is selected comeback player of the year.

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