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    1889 Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball's NL
    1953 New baseball balk rule gives the batter option of accepting the outcome of the pitch or the balk
    1959 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP
    1975 Orioles Jim Palmer wins his 2nd Cy Young Award
    1976 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available
    1978 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available
    1980 Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro-baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires
    1987 Benito Santiago, Padres catcher, wins NL Rookie of Year
    1992 NY Giants announce they will quit WNEW Radio after 32 years for WOR
    2001 Arizona beats New York Yankees, 3-2 in Game 7 at Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix for Diamondbacks' first Baseball World Series; Arizona pitchers Randy Johnson & Curt Schilling co-MVP's
    2009 NY Yankees beat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3 in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium to win Bronx Bombers' record 27th Baseball World Series; NY outfielder Hideki Matsui MVP
    BIRTHDAYS
    1906 Bob Considine, American journalist and author (Babe Ruth Story), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1975)
    1930 Dick Groat, American baseball shortstop (NL MVP 1960; MLB All-Star 1959–60, 62–64) and basketball guard (Fort Wayne Pistons), born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
    1933 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
    1968 Carlos Baerga, Puerto Rico, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
    1968 Domingo Cedeno, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in La Ramona, Dominican Republic
    1968 Osvaldo Fernandez, Holguin Cuba, pitcher (SF Giants)
    1977 Larry Bigbie, American baseball player
    1978 Carmen Cali, American baseball player
    1978 John Grabow, American baseball player
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    1940 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)
    1968 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)
    1988 Japan beats MLB all stars 2-1 in Tokyo (Game 1 of 7)
    1996 Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as AL Rookie of the year

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    1891 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1973)
    1916 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), born in New Hope, Alabama (d. 1953)
    1970 Javier Lopez, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    1973 Johnny Damon, American professional baseball outfielder (Kansas City Royals), born in Fort Riley, Kansas
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    1950 Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP/GM of Pittsburgh Pirates
    1974 Dodger Mike Marshall is 1st relief pitcher to win Cy Young Award
    1976 Former Twins relief ace Bill Campbell is 1st free-agent to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox for $1 million over 4 years
    1988 Japan & MLB all stars played to a 6-6 draw (Game 2 of 7)
    1990 Braves' Dave Justice wins NL Rookie of Year
    1997 SF Giants manager Dusty Baker named NL Manager of the Year

    BIRTHDAYS
    1887 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)
    1938 Mack Jones, American baseball player, born in Atlanta (d. 2004)
    1965 Brian Givens, American baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Lompoc, California
    1968 Chad Curtis, American outfielder (NY Yankees, Detroit Tigers), born in Marion, Indiana
    1969 Don Wengert, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Sioux City, Iowa
    1972 Deivi Cruz, American baseball player, born in Nizao, Dominican Republic
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    1933 Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by permitting Sunday sports
    1957 Phillies pitcher Jack Sanford wins NL Rookie of Year
    1963 New York Yankee Elston Howard is 1st african American ever voted AL MVP
    1964 NL keeps Braves in Milwaukee in 1965, may move to Atlanta in 1966
    1978 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
    1988 MLB all stars beats Japan 16-8 (Game 3 of 7)
    1989 Balt's Gregg Olson is 1st relief pitcher to win AL Rookie of Year

    BIRTHDAYS
    1927 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
    1938 Jim Katt, American baseball pitcher and sportscaster (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Zeeland, Michigan
    1944 Joe Niekro, American MLB baseball knuckler (NY Yankees), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2006)
    1947 Yutaka Fukumoto, Japanese professional baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
    1966 Andy Tomberlin, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Monroe, North Carolina
    1968 Russ Springer, American MLB pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
    1974 Kris Benson, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Superior, Wisconsin

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    1920 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th
    1950 Walt Dropo of Boston Red Sox selected AL Rookie of Year
    1951 NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards
    1961 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn
    1989 Cubs Jerome Walton wins the NL Rookie of Year
    1990 Darryl Strawberry signs 5-year contract with LA Dodgers
    1997 Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild
    BIRTHDAYS
    1896 Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 1977)
    1952 Jerry Remy, American MLB player and commentator, born in Fall River, Massachusetts
    1952 John Denny, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Prescott, Arizona
    1962 Ron Johnson, Australian baseball hitting coach (Olympics 1996)
    1963 Dwight Smith, American outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tallahassee, Florida
    1965 Jeff Blauser, American infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Gatos, California
    1967 Henry Rodriguez, Dominican baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    1968 Jose Offerman, Dominican infielder (KC Royals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
    1977 Nick Punto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
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    1950 Phillies skipper Eddie Sawyer selected as Manager of Year
    1950 White Sox release Luke Appling, who had been a Sox since 1930
    1953 Supreme Court rules Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws
    1965 Willie Mays named NL MVP
    1982 Brewers' Robin Yount wins AL MVP unanimously
    1988 MLB All-Star team beat Japan 8-2 in Nishinomya, (Game 4 of 7)

    BIRTHDAYS
    1925 Bill Bruton, American MLB outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55), born in Penola, Alabama (d. 1995)
    1930 Charlie Jones, American sportscaster (Almost Anything Goes), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2008)
    1931 Whitey Herzog, American baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals), born in New Athens, Illinois
    1935 Bob Gibson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cy Young/NL MVP 1968), born in Omaha, Nebraska
    1969 Angel Miranda, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico
    1970 Chad Ogea, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
    1970 Melanie Roche, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Bankstown, New South Wales
    1973 Fred Lindberg, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales Australia
    1979 Adam Dunn, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
    1984 Joel Zumaya, American baseball player, born in Chula Vista, California
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    1950 After 9 years, Cleveland Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau
    1964 Braves sign a 25-year lease to play in the new Atlanta stadium
    1988 MLB All-Star team beats Japan 3-1 in Tokyo (Game 5 of 7)
    BIRTHDAYS
    1896 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
    1930 Gene Conley, American MLB player and NBA player, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma (d. 2017)
    1934 Norm Cash, American baseball 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in Eldorado, Texas (d. 1986)
    1955 Jack Clark, Penns, American MLB outfielder (Giants, Cards, Yanks, Padres), born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
    1959 Linda Cohn, American sportscaster (ESPN's SportsCenter), born in Long Island, New York
    1964 Keith Lockhart, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Whittier, California
    1964 Kenny Rogers, American MLB pitcher (perfect game 1994), born in Savannah, Georgia
    1971 Butch Huskey, American baseball infielder (NY Mets), born in Anadarko, Oklahoma
    1971 Jennifer McFalls, American softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Arlington, Texas
    1972 Shawn Green, American baseball outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Des Plaines, Illinois
    1977 Matt Cepicky, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
    1981 Tony Blanco, American baseball player (Washington Nationals), born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
    1982 Clayton Fortune, English footballer (Bristol City), born in Forest Gate, England
    1983 Craig Smith, American basketball player (Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Inglewood, California
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    1926 Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager
    1943 Spud Chandler wins AL MVP; Stan Musial wins NL MVP
    1953 Jimmy Dykes succeeds Marty Marion as Baltimore Orioles manager
    1987 Roger Clemens wins consecutive Cy Young Awards
    1996 Braves' John Smoltz wins NL Cy Young Award
    1997 Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Cy Young Award
    2014 Samsung Lions win the 2014 Korean Series in baseball

    BIRTHDAYS
    1891 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1954)
    1899 Pie Traynor, American baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
    1937 Warner Wolf, sportscaster (WABC-TV, WCBS-TV), born in Washington, D.C.
    1964 Roberto Hernandez, Santurce Puerto Rico, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
    1969 Damion Easley, American infielder (California Angels), born in NYC, New York
    1970 Jeff Ware, American pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Norfolk, Virginia
    1971 Ryan Hancock, pitcher (California Angels), born in Santa Clara, California
    1976 Jason Grilli, American baseball player
    1983 Matt Garza, American baseball player

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    1920 Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner
    1952 Philadelphia A's pitcher Bobby Shantz wins AL MVP
    1952 White Sox place Jim Rivera on 1 year probation after cleared of rape
    1959 White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP
    1966 Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record
    1975 NY Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award
    1981 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
    1986 Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously
    1988 Japan beats MLB All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7)
    1992 NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe is reinstated for 8th time

    BIRTHDAYS
    1944 Al Michaels, American sportscaster (Miracle on Ice, American Football), born in Brooklyn, New York
    1947 Ron Bryant, American baseball player
    1961 Greg Gagne, Fall River MA, infielder (LA Dodgers)
    1962 Jeff Reed, Joliet IL, catcher (Colorado Rockies)
    1968 Randy Knorr, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in San Gabriel, California
    1968 Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
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    1900 Baltimore Orioles (now NY Yankees) enter baseball's American League
    1951 Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)
    1958 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
    1968 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP
    1973 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously
    1974 Dodgers Steve Garvey wins NL MVP
    1979 Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL
    1991 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens wins AL Cy Young Award
    1996 Padres third baseman Ken Caminiti is 4th unanimous winner of NL MVP
    2005 French tennis star Amélie Mauresmo beats countrywoman Mary Pierce 5–7, 7–6, 6–4 for the season ending WTA Tour Championship at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
    2014 Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout wins the MVP awards in MLB for 2014
    BIRTHDAYS
    1911 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)
    1928 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
    1941 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher, coach (5-time MLB All Star), born in Hazleton, Missouri (d. 2019)
    1947 Gene Garber, American baseball player, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    1965 Rob Natal, catcher (Florida Marlins), born in Long Beach, California
    1968 Pat Hentgen, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Detroit, Michigan
    1985 Asdrúbal Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player

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    1985 Brewers release 39-year-old pitcher Rollie Fingers
    1986 Doubleday Publishing sells NY Mets to Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon
    1989 Padres reliever Mark Davis wins NL Cy Young Award
    1996 Texas Ranger Juan Gonzalez wins AL MVP
    2018 New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award; his 10 wins fewest ever by a Cy Young winner in a non-strike-shortened season; MLB-leading 1.70 ERA; 29 consecutive start streak longest in MLB history

    BIRTHDAYS
    1929 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2017)
    1929 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
    1955 Willie Hernandez, pitcher (Cy Young Award)
    1966 Curt Schilling, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Anchorage, Alaska
    1968 Kent Bottenfield, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Portland, Oregon
    1978 Xavier Nady, American baseball player
    1980 Margot Contois, American dance skater (with Robert Peal), born in Marquette, Michigan
    1981 Tom Ferrier, British racing driver
    1982 Kyle Orton, American football player (Chicago Bears)
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    1946 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
    1951 NY Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
    1961 Roger Maris is voted AL MVP
    1967 Boston's Carl Yastrzemski wins AL MVP
    1968 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four"
    1972 White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
    1978 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
    1988 Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson wins NL MVP Award

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    1963 Michele McAnany, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Los Angeles, California
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