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- 1912 - Frank Chance is sold by the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds. When all National League clubs waive claims to him in December, the Reds free Chance to manage the Yankees.
- 1925 - Rabbit Maranville is waived to the Brooklyn Robins from the Chicago Cubs.
- 1935 - Pitcher Bob Gibson is born in Omaha, Nebraska. Gibson will make his major league debut in 1959, marking the start of a 17-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals and an election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.
- 1937 - St. Louis Cardinals Triple Crown winner Joe Medwick is named National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
- 1939 - Pitcher Victor Starffin drives in the run that gives the Tokyo Giants the Japanese Professional Baseball League title. It is Starffin's fourth sayonara hit of the year, a record that will stand 30 years.
- 1943 - After leading the AL with a 20-4 record and 1.64 ERA, Yankees right-hander Spud Chandler is named the league's MVP.
- The Associated Press chooses Philadelphia Phillies skipper Eddie Sawyer as Manager of the Year.
- The BBWAA name Sam Jethroe of the Boston Braves as the National League Rookie of the Year. At 31 years, 2 months, 18 days of age, Jethroe becomes the oldest rookie to win the award. He has been one of the best Negro Leagues players of his time.
- After twenty-one years with the club, shortstop and future Hall of Famer Luke Appling is released by the Chicago White Sox allowing him to become the manager of the Memphis Chicks of the South Atlantic League. Appling will be replaced at shortstop by Venezuelan rookie Chico Carrasquel.
- 1953 - Reaffirming its earlier position, the United States Supreme Court rules, 7-2, that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws. The ruling is made in a case involving New York Yankees minor leaguer George Toolson, who refused to move from Triple-A to Double-A.
- 1960 - In an extremely close vote (225 points to 222), Roger Maris beats Yankees teammate Mickey Mantle for the AL MVP.
- 1973 - Cincinnati trades OF Bobby Tolan and P Dave Tomlin to San Diego for P Clay Kirby. All three will have decent years with their new teams.
- 1976 - The Oakland Athletics give future Hall of Famer Billy Williams his unconditional release, ending his 18-year major league career. Williams, who spent all but two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, retires with 426 home runs, 1,475 RBI, 2,711 hits, and a .290 batting average.
- 1982 - Robin Yount, who hit .331 for the Milwaukee Brewers and led the American League in hits (210), doubles (46), and slugging percentage (.578), is a unanimous choice as AL Most Valuable Player. The future Hall of Famer captures all 27 first-place votes easily beating runner-ups Eddie Murray and Doug DeCinces.
- 1983 - University of Alabama first baseman Dave Magadan, who led the NCAA with a .535 batting average last season, wins the Golden Spikes Award as the outstanding amateur baseball player in the United States. Magadan will play for ten major league clubs in a span of 16 years.
- Lou Piniella is named manager of the Seattle Mariners.
- Drayton McLane, Jr. officially becomes owner of the Houston Astros, purchasing the team from John McMullen for $115 million.
- San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is voted the National League MVP for the third time in four years. He joins Stan Musial, Roy Campanella and Mike Schmidt as the National League's only three-time MVPs. In his first year in San Francisco, Bonds reached career highs with a .336 batting average, 46 home runs, 129 runs and 123 RBI to help the Giants to 103 wins, although the team missed the NL West division title by one game.
- The Seattle Mariners trade infielder Dave Magadan to the Florida Marlins for pitcher Jeff Darwin and cash considerations.
- 1995 - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo is named National League Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Japanese player ever to win a Major League Baseball award. Nomo posted a 13-6 record with 236 strikeouts and a 2.54 ERA in 191.1 innings.
- 1996 - At Yokohama, Central League All-Star Hideki Matsui hits a grand slam off pitcher Shane Reynolds. Reynolds retires 20 of the next 21 batters, but loses, 6 - 4, for the team of MLB All-Stars currently touring Japan.
- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter announces that he is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. The fatal disease, known medically as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, attacks the nerves in the spinal cord and the brain and leads to a loss of motor skills. Hunter will succumb to the disease less than a year later.
- In a trade of pitchers, the Seattle Mariners send Paul Spoljaric to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Mark Leiter.
- 1999 - Kansas City Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran is named the American League Rookie of the Year. Beltran became the first rookie with 100 or more RBI since Mike Piazza had 112 in 1993 and the first in the AL since Mark McGwire had 118 in 1987. Beltran is also the first rookie with a 100 run-100 RBI season since Fred Lynn in 1975.
- 2000 - After posting the best record in the major leagues this season, Giants skipper Dusty Baker is named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. Previously, Baker won the award with the Giants in 1993 and 1997. He joins Tony LaRussa, who won the award with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and the Oakland Athletics in 1988 and 1992, as the only three-time winners of the award.
- 2001 - After exercising Omar Daal's $4.5 million contract option for next season yesterday, the Phillies trade the left-handed pitcher to the Dodgers for two minor league pitchers. The Phillies acquired Daal along with Travis Lee, Nelson Figueroa and Vicente Padilla in the deal which sent Curt Schilling to Arizona in 2000.
- Roger Clemens becomes the oldest pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. The 42-year-old "Rocket" has received the honor a record seven times and becomes the first to win the award with four different teams: Boston Red Sox (1986, 1987 and 1991), Toronto Blue Jays (1997 and 1998), New York Yankees (2001) and this season with the Houston Astros. After coming out of temporary retirement to play for his hometown team, Clemens posted a 18-4 record with 218 strikeouts and a 2.98 ERA.
- Hoping to fill the void created by Steve Stone's resignation, the Chicago Cubs hire former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and current FOX TV analyst Bob Brenly to broadcast games on WGN. After spending twenty years in the broadcast booth, Stone left Chicago after his on-air comments concerning the team's swoon in the wild card race angered manager Dusty Baker and some of the players.
- Joining Seattle Mariners new manager, Mike Hargrove, Don Baylor is named the team's batting coach, replacing Paul Molitor. The former major league manager became available after the Mets announced a new coaching staff would be put in place to work with recently-hired pilot Willie Randolph.
- The Italian national team stuns Team USA with a 6 - 2 win in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. Italy had not beaten the US for 21 years and had never beaten an American team with professional players. It is a strong American contingent, too, one that will beat Cuba to win the Cup this year. The loss against Italy (which fails to make the quarterfinals) is their only defeat of the tournament. Two errors by Brian Bixler and one by Jerry Blevins aid Italy, whose balanced attack is led by Mario Chiarini (2 for 3). Seven Italian hurlers combine to shut down a potent US offense - Matteo D'Angelo, Roberto Corradini, Luca Panerati, Cody Cillo, Chris Di Roma, Anthony Ferrari and Alessandro Maestri. The US loads the bases against Maestri in the 9th but the Cubs farmhand strikes out tournament MVP Jayson Nix to end it.
- The Australian national team has its third straight World Cup game decided by a walk-off hit. This time, #9 hitter Luke Hughes cracks a three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to give the Green and Gold the victory.
- 2008 - The Seibu Lions win the 2008 Japan Series in seven games, topping the Yomiuri Giants, 3 - 2, in the finale. Starter Fumiya Nishiguchi allows runs in the first two innings but his bullpen tosses seven shutout innings. Down 2 - 1 in the 8th, Seibu rallies at the Tokyo Dome against hard-throwing Daisuke Ochi, with backup infielder Hiroshi Hirao delivering the winning hit for the second game in a row. Takayuki Kishi is named Japan Series MVP.
- 2009 - Norge Vera, one of the top pitchers in Cuba, is seriously injured while trying to break up a fight in Santiago de Cuba. He is struck in the face by a blunt object, suffering multiple fractures and undergoes reconstructive surgery, putting his career in jeopardy. He will return to action in just a couple of months, though. Vera won gold for the Cuban national team at the 2004 Olympics and was a starting pitcher in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
- 2010 - The winners of the 2010 American League Gold Glove Awards are announced. Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki wins his tenth Gold Glove in as many years, while first-time winners are 2B Robinson Cano of the Yankees, and OFs Carl Crawford of Tampa Bay and Franklin Gutierrez of Seattle. Suzuki ties Al Kaline and Ken Griffey Jr. for the most Gold Gloves by an AL flyhawk.
- 2011 - Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is kidnapped by four armed men outside his home in Santa Inés, Venezuela, where he is playing winter ball for the Tigres de Aragua. He will be released safe and sound in two days.
- 2014 - The first free agent signing of the off-season is a modest affair, as OF Chris Young re-signs with the Yankees for one year after a good final month with the team.
- Jose Fernandez becomes the first major league player to receive a major award posthumously as he is named the winner of the Comeback Player of the Year Award in the National League, underlining his excellent return from arm surgery before he was tragically killed in a boating accident in September. In the American League, major league home run leader Mark Trumbo receives the honor.
- The Major League Baseball Players Association decides to fire arbitrator Fredric Horowitz because of disagreement over his ruling in the case of an injury to Dodgers infielder Charlie Culberson. Horowitz had replaced Shyam Das in 2012.
- The winners of the Silver Slugger Award are announced. In the AL, 2B José Altuve is a winner for the fourth straight year, while in the NL, 3B Nolan Arenado is honored for the third straight. First-time winners include dynamic youngsters C Gary Sanchez and OF Aaron Judge of the Yankees, and veteran P Adam Wainwright.
- Breaking a trend, the Matsutaro Shoriki Award is given to a player rather than a manager for the first time in years. Dennis Sarfate of the Softbank Hawks wins after shattering the Nippon Pro Baseball season record by saving 54 games. He is the first foreign player to win the award and the second foreigner; Bobby Valentine had won as a manager.
- 2018 - A team of MLB All-Stars officially opens a tour of Japan with a 7 - 6 defeat against their opponents from NPB, thanks to a sayonara homer by Yuki Yanagita with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. The major leaguers get homers from Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario to take a 6 - 4 lead into the final inning, but Kirby Yates is unable to close it as Tsubasa Aizawa singles in a first run before Yanagita's dramatic homer ends it in front of a crowd of almost 45,000 at the Tokyo Dome.
- Kyle Lewis of the Mariners is the unanimous winner of the 2020 American League Rookie of the Year Award, while, in a sign of how the game has evolved, pitcher Devin Williams of the Brewers is the winner in the National League in spite of not recording a single save. However, his total dominance over 27 innings was enough to win him the award, after having earlier been named the recipient of the Trevor Hoffman Award as best reliever in the league.
- Hayato Sakamoto becomes the 53rd NPB player to 2,000 hits, joining the meikyukai. A double off Albert Suárez is the big hit, part of a three-hit day as he falls a triple shy of a cycle.
- The Chinatrust Brothers become the first team to sweep consecutive Taiwan Series, beating the Rakuten Monkeys in four straight in the 2022 Taiwan Series. Che-Yuan Wu and Yen-Ching Lu limit Rakuten to two runs in a 3 - 2 win today, with Lu getting his third save of the Series. Cheng-Hua Yueh is named Series MVP.
- The winners of the Hank Aaron Award given to the best overall hitter in the two major leagues are announced. Aaron Judge, who set a new American League record with 62 homers is the winner in the AL, while Paul Goldschmidt, who led the National League in slugging percentage and OPS, wins in the senior circuit.
- In a straight-up trade of pitchers, the Braves send veteran Jake Odorizzi to the Rangers in return for Kolby Allard, a former Braves first-rounder who never panned out in the Lone Star State.
- Satoshi Nakajima wins the Matsutaro Shoriki Award after having led the Orix Buffaloes to the 2022 Japan Series title.
- 1846 - A.M. Thompson, manager (d. 1895)
- 1850 - Harry Little, outfielder (d. 1927)
- 1857 - Alonzo Breitenstein, pitcher (d. 1932)
- 1858 - George Wood, outfielder, manager, umpire (d. 1924)
- 1859 - Tom Kearns, infielder (d. 1938)
- 1865 - Jack Crooks, infielder, manager (d. 1918)
- 1867 - Bill Kinsler, outfielder (d. 1963)
- 1868 - Bill Phillips, pitcher, manager (d. 1941)
- 1869 - Harry Morelock, infielder (d. 1949)
- 1870 - Raoul Dumouchel, writer (d. 1931)
- 1873 - Dom Mullaney, umpire (d. 1964)
- 1880 - Bobby White, minor league pitcher (d. 1969)
- 1885 - Gene Moore, pitcher (d. 1938)
- 1886 - Edward Lindberg, US national team catcher (d. 1978)
- 1886 - Nick Maddox, pitcher (d. 1954)
- 1888 - Jim McGarr, infielder (d. 1981)
- 1897 - George Abrams, pitcher (d. 1986)
- 1897 - Johnny Gooch, catcher (d. 1975)
- 1897 - Harvey Hendrick, infielder (d. 1941)
- 1899 - Dan Tye, infielder (d. 1965)
- 1902 - Mike Kelly, pitcher (d. 1982)
- 1906 - Fred Brickell, outfielder (d. 1961)
- 1908 - Roy Schalk, infielder (d. 1990)
- 1909 - Jerry Benjamin, outfielder; All-Star (d. 1974)
- 1911 - Ed Linke, pitcher (d. 1988)
- 1912 - Charlie King, pitcher (d. 1969)
- 1915 - Benny McCoy, infielder (d. 2011)
- 1916 - Walt Lanfranconi, pitcher (d. 1986)
- 1917 - Bob Neighbors, infielder (d. 1952)
- 1919 - Jerry Priddy, infielder (d. 1980)
- 1920 - Bill Mueller, outfielder (d. 2001)
- 1920 - Homer Spragins, pitcher (d. 2002)
- 1920 - Bob Wren, minor league infielder, college coach (d. 2002)
- 1920 - Dick Whitman, outfielder (d. 2003)
- 1922 - Rafael Espada, Dominican national team outfielder (d. 2016)
- 1923 - Ted Sepkowski, infielder (d. 2002)
- 1925 - Bill Bruton, outfielder (d. 1995)
- 1926 - Bob Schroeder, umpire (d. 2016)
- 1926 - Ken Staples, minor league catcher and manager
- 1927 - Antonio Marcucci, Serie A1 catcher (d. 1979)
- 1928 - Vic Marasco, minor league outfielder (d. 1999)
- 1929 - Don Plarski, outfielder (d. 1981)
- 1931 - Tommy Herrera, minor league pitcher and manager (d. 2016)
- 1931 - Whitey Herzog, outfielder, manager; Hall of Famer
- 1931 - George Witt, pitcher (d. 2013)
- 1932 - Connie Grob, pitcher (d. 1997)
- 1935 - Bob Gibson, pitcher; All-Star, Hall of Famer (d. 2020)
- 1940 - Don Loun, pitcher
- 1943 - Dale Ford, minor league outfielder
- 1943 - Jerry Weinstein, minor league manager
- 1944 - Al Severinsen, pitcher (d. 2015)
- 1947 - Steve Kring, scout (d. 2020)
- 1952 - Jim Riggleman, , manager
- 1952 - Dave Wehrmeister, pitcher
- 1952 - Rick Williams, pitcher
- 1954 - Al Greene, outfielder (d. 2014)
- 1955 - Jeff Cox, infielder
- 1957 - Teddy Higuera, pitcher; All-Star
- 1961 - Young-shin Kim, KBO catcher (d. 1986)
- 1961 - Rich Rieker, umpire
- 1962 - Dion James, outfielder
- 1964 - Kevin Mmahat, pitcher
- 1968 - Andy Carter, pitcher
- 1968 - Kai-Fa Chen, CPBL outfielder
- 1969 - Angel Miranda, pitcher
- 1970 - Chad Ogea, pitcher
- 1971 - Greg Anthony, minor league pitcher
- 1971 - Jon Nunnally, outfielder
- 1971 - Scott Sauerbeck, pitcher
- 1972 - Jose Centeno, minor league pitcher
- 1972 - Mark Fields, drafted outfielder
- 1974 - Jeff D'Amico, pitcher
- 1974 - Beiker Graterol, pitcher
- 1974 - Jose Rosado, pitcher; All-Star
- 1975 - Gustavo Martínez, minor league pitcher
- 1976 - Stephen Cowie, minor league pitcher
- 1977 - Peter Bergeron, outfielder
- 1978 - Todd Self, outfielder
- 1978 - Jason Standridge, pitcher
- 1979 - David Bush, pitcher
- 1979 - Adam Dunn, outfielder; All-Star
- 1981 - Chuck James, pitcher
- 1982 - Noel Abad, minor league outfielder
- 1982 - Tyler Adamczyk, minor league pitcher
- 1982 - Bryan Johnson, minor league pitcher
- 1983 - Tony Barnette, pitcher
- 1984 - Joel Zumaya, pitcher
- 1985 - Frédérique Noury, French women's national team outfielder
- 1985 - Yohei Oshima, NPB outfielder
- 1986 - Brett Jacobson, minor league pitcher
- 1987 - Sandun Madushanka, Sri Lankan national team infielder
- 1987 - Carlos Portuondo, minor league pitcher
- 1988 - Curt Casali, catcher
- 1988 - Hun-gon Kim, KBO outfielder
- 1988 - Zach Neal, pitcher
- 1989 - Kyle Johnson, minor league outfielder
- 1989 - Juan Carlos Sulbaran, minor league pitcher
- 1990 - Tommaso Cherubini, Italian Baseball League pitcher
- 1990 - Adonis Tountas, Greek national team infielder
- 1991 - Vince Cepeda, Northern Mariana Islands national team pitcher
- 1991 - Andrew Knapp, catcher
- 1992 - Greg Bird, infielder
- 1992 - Daniel Camarena, pitcher
- 1992 - Rowan Wick, pitcher
- 1993 - Tony Barnette, pitcher
- 1993 - Jhonny Bautista, Salvadoran national team pitcher
- 1993 - Dustin Houle, minor league catcher
- 1993 - Claus Seiser, Austrian national team infielder-catcher
- 1994 - Erick Mejia, outfielder
- 1994 - Alvaro Noriega, minor league catcher
- 1995 - Rachid Engelhardt, minor league outfielder
- 1995 - Junnell Ledezma, minor league infielder
- 1995 - José Quijada, pitcher
- 1997 - Lisa Bergwerff, Dutch women's national team pitcher
- 1997 - Michael Busch, infielder
- 1997 - Alex Kirilloff, outfielder
- 2000 - Joshwan Wright, minor league infielder
- 2003 - Maclain Roberts, New Zealand national team pitcher
- 1887 - Billy Riley, outfielder; umpire (b. 1855)
- 1890 - Jim Lillie, outfielder (b. 1861)
- 1914 - Danny Green, outfielder (b. 1876)
- 1914 - Heinie Reitz, infielder (b. 1867)
- 1915 - Otis Johnson, infielder (b. 1883)
- 1925 - Ralph Frary, umpire (b. 1876)
- 1931 - Chris Fulmer, catcher (b. 1858)
- 1933 - Roy Akin, minor league infielder (b. 1882)
- 1934 - Reddy Grey, outfielder (b. 1875)
- 1935 - Rex DeVogt, catcher (b. 1888)
- 1936 - Bill Stellberger, pitcher (b. 1865)
- 1936 - Carl Stimson, pitcher (b. 1894)
- 1940 - George Bird, outfielder (b. 1850)
- 1941 - Fred Worden, pitcher (b. 1894)
- 1956 - Lem Hunter, pitcher/outfielder (b. 1863)
- 1958 - Walt Meinert, outfielder (b. 1890)
- 1960 - Al Nixon, outfielder (b. 1886)
- 1970 - Howard Maple, catcher (b. 1903)
- 1971 - Bill Dreesen, infielder (b. 1904)
- 1976 - Bud Culloton, pitcher (b. 1897)
- 1977 - Fred Haney, infielder, manager (b. 1896)
- 1977 - Jack Ogden, pitcher (b. 1897)
- 1987 - Ed Cihocki, infielder (b. 1907)
- 1988 - Bob Weiland, pitcher (b. 1905)
- 2005 - Shawn Curran, minor league catcher (b. 1972)
- 2006 - Jimmie Armstead, outfielder (d. 1919)
- 2006 - Garton Del Savio, infielder (b. 1913)
- 2006 - Leverette Spencer, minor league pitcher and manager (b. 1930)
- 2008 - Preacher Roe, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1916)
- 2011 - Wally Bryan, minor league infielder (b. 1989)
- 2011 - Benny McCoy, infielder (b. 1915)
- 2012 - Harold Gould, pitcher (b. 1924)
- 2014 - Kelvin Moore, infielder (b. 1957)
- 2015 - Tommy Hanson, pitcher (b. 1986)
- 2016 - Víctor Mendoza, Panamanian national team pitcher (b. ~1958)
- 2016 - Russ Nixon, catcher; manager (b. 1935)
- 2017 - Warren Wilson, minor league outfielder (b. 1934)
- 2018 - Ken Howell, pitcher (b. 1960)
- 2019 - Bob Johnson, infielder (b. 1936)
- 2020 - Foster Castleman, infielder (b. 1931)
- 2020 - Glenn Ezell, coach (b. 1944)
- 2020 - Dan Pfister, pitcher (b. 1936)
- 2021 - Memo Luna, pitcher (b. 1930)
- 2021 - Duane Wilson, pitcher (b. 1934)
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