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December 7th

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1939 At the urging of Senator owner Clark Griffith, the other American League owners enact a rule prohibiting the league's pennant winner from buying, selling or trading players during the following season. The winter meeting decision appears to have the desired effect as the Yankees finish in third place.
1939 During their winter meeting, the BBWAA elects Lou Gehrig, who played in his last major league game on June 30th to the Hall of Fame, waiving the five-year waiting period due to his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). At age 36, the Yankees' first baseman's e surpassed by Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax in 1972.
1962 Tom Tresh, the Yankees shortstop and left fielder, is selected as the American League's Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA. The 24 year-old son of former major league catcher Mike Tresh gets 13 of the 20 votes cast by the writers, with Bob Rodgers (4), Dean Chance (1), Dick Radatz (1), and Bernie Allen (1) also receiving consideration.
1973 The Royals, in a controversial move, deal outfielder Lou Piniella and pitcher Ken Wright to the Yankees for 38 year-old right-hander Lindy McDaniel, who wins a total of only six games during his two years with the club. The trade draws the Kansas City fans' ire when their departed 29 year-old outfielder enjoys 11 solid seasons in the Bronx, batting .295 and playing a major role in New York's four appearances in the World Series.
1995 On the day he is traded to the Yankees, Tino Martinez celebrates his 28th birthday, and the birth of his daughter, Victoria. After reaching an agreement on a five-year, $20.25 million deal with his new team, the former Mariners' first baseman is acquired by the Bronx Bombers today, along with pitchers Jim Mecir and Jeff Nelson for southpaw Sterling Hitchcock and third baseman Russell Davis.
2001 In a rare deal between the crosstown rivals, the Yankees trade outfielder/DH David Justice (.241, 18, 51) to the Mets for third baseman Robin Ventura (.237, 21, 61). The teams had exchanged players only six times in forty years with the last time being in 1992 when the Mets dealt Frank Tanana for Kenny Greer, a minor league pitcher.
2011 Tim McCarver is named the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, becoming only the second television analyst, along with Tony Kubek, to win the award for broadcasting excellence. The former catcher and longtime broadcaster has provided local analysis for the Mets, Yankees, and Phillies as well as appearing on the national stage doing the Game of the Week and postseason telecasts for NBC, CBS, and FOX.

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2013 Jacoby Ellsbury agrees to a seven-year deal, valued around $153 million, to patrol center field for the Yankees, joining Brian McCann as the team's second major free-agent signing this week. The outfielder, who played a major role in the Red Sox' World Championship last season, also received offers from his former team, the Tigers, and Mariners.

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