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1942 The Dodgers replace team president Larry MacPhail, who accepted a commission in the U.S. Army in September, with Branch Rickey, formerly the Cardinals vice-president before resigning three days ago. Brookyn's new boss will guide the team to two pennants during his eight-year reign in the "The Borough of Churches."
1951 Future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella (.325, 33, 108) wins the first of his three National League MVP Awards. The Dodger backstop will also receive the prestigious honor in 1953 and 1955.

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1966 In the final time when there is only one selection from both leagues, Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax becomes the first three-time recipient of the Cy Young Award. The 30 year-old left-hander, recipient of the prestigious pitching prize in 1963 and 1965, posted a 27-9 (.750) record, along with an ERA of 1.73, for the National League champs.
1968 Denny McLain is the BBWAA's unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award after the right-hander posts a 31-6 (.838) record for the World Champion Tigers. The 24 year-old Chicago native, who will cop the prestigious pitching prize again next season, will also be named this year's Junior Circuit's Most Valuable Player.
1972 Paul Owens replaces himself when he introduces Danny Ozark as Philadelphia's new manager. After firing Frank Lucchesi, Owens, the team's general manager, took over the managerial reins in July to get a closer look of the last-place Phillies, a team finishing with a 59-97 record.
1978 After dominating the American League, Yankee lefty Ron Guidry (25-3, 1.74) wins the league's Cy Young Award unanimously. 'Gator' receives all 28 first-place votes, with Mike Caldwell and Jim Palmer being the runners-up for the prestigious pitching award.
1979 Edward Bennett Williams buys the Orioles for a reported $12.3 million from Jerold Hoffberger. The successful trial attorney will own the club until 1988, and under his ownership, the team will sign a new long-term lease with the city of Baltimore that will pay for the innovative Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a ballpark he will not live to see.
1982 Doug Rader becomes the twelfth manager in the Rangers' twelve-year history, replacing Darrell Johnson, the term's former third base coach who took over for the dismissed Don Zimmer on an interim basis at the end of July. The 38 year-old skipper, who managed the Padres' Triple-A club for the past three years, will compile a 155-200 (.437) record during his two-plus season with Texas.
1982 The National League owners block the re-election of Bowie Kuhn, thus ending his fourteen-year reign as baseball's boss. Next year, the commissioner's supporters will make a failed last-ditch effort to retain him, but he will be allowed to stay in his position to the end of the 1984 regular season before being replaced by Peter Ueberroth.
2000 The Phillies hire Larry Bowa to manage the team, replacing the recently released Terry Francona. The former Phillies' shortstop, who had piloted the Padres in 1987-88, will compile a 337-308 (.522) record during his four seasons in the Philadelphia dugout.
2000 Succeeding Davey Johnson, Jim Tracy, the team's bench coach, is hired as the Dodgers manager. L.A.'s new skipper will compile a 427-383 (.527) record during his five-year stint with the club, including a National League West Division flag in 2004.
2001 The first major league game ever started in November is a memorable one when the Yankees, for the second consecutive night, make a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and go on to a World Series victory in extra innings. Scott Brosius, who hits a game-tying two-out two-run homer to knot the game at 2-2, and Alfonso Soriano, who singles in Chuck Knoblauch in the 12th, gives the Yankees a 3-2 victory and 3-2 lead in the Fall Classic over the Diamondbacks.
2001 The Astros name Jimy Williams, 58, as the franchise's thirteenth skipper. The 35-year veteran, who also managed the Blue Jays and Red Sox, replaces Larry Dierker, who despite reaching the postseason four times in five seasons was unable to win a playoff series.
2004 Wally Backman signs a two-year contract to manage the Diamondbacks, baseball's worst team last season, replacing interim skipper Al Pedrique. The 45 year-old former major league infielder posted an 86-54 record with the Lancaster JetHawks, Arizona's Class A team in California League.
2005 The unveiling of A bronze sculpture capturing the friendship of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson takes place at Brooklyn's KeySpan Park, home of the Mets' Single-A team. The William Behrends sculpture captures the moment when the Dodger captain showed support by putting his arm around his black teammate's shoulder, hushing an unruly crowd hurling racial slurs at his teammate at Crosley Field in 1947.

Statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese outside MCU Park, 08/02/10: zoom-lens close-up of  Pee Wee's arm around Jackie (IMG_1908)

Photo from Flickr by Gary Dunaier

2006 In a move designed to prepare the team's next manager, the Yankees promote hitting instructor Don Mattingly to bench coach to assist Joe Torre for next season. The Bronx Bombers' former All-Star first baseman replaces Lee Mazzilli, who will not be brought back by New York.
2006 The Seibu Lions officially agree to release Daisuke Matsuzaka, allowing the 26 year-old pitching sensation to play in the United States. The Japanese League plans to charge an American major league club $30 million just for rights to negotiate with the former 2006 World Baseball Classic and 2004 Olympic teams standout.
2006 Guillermo Mota is suspended for fifty games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The 33 year-old Mets reliever becomes the third player penalized under the stricter guidelines implemented this season, joining teammate Yusaku Iriki and Diamondback right-hander Jason Grimsley.
2007 The Dodgers hire Brooklyn-born Joe Torre as their 26th manager in franchise history, the eighth since the club moved to the West Coast from their new manager's hometown. The former Yankee manager was replaced in New York this week by Joe Girardi, initially pursued by Los Angeles to replace the team's skipper, Grady Little.
2007 In an interview aired on MSNBC, Barry Bonds said he is prepared to boycott his induction, when elected, into the Hall of Fame if the museum accepts the ball he hit for his record-breaking 756th career home run marked with a permanent asterisk. Fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the historic sphere for $752,467, releases an internet poll results from www.vote756.com, where nearly half the fans (47%) voted in favor of sending it to Cooperstown after branding the ball.
2007 In response to Hank Steinbrenner's sarcastic remark about Alex Rodriguez entering the Hall of Fame as a member of the Mud Hens rather than as a Yankee, the Toledo Triple-A team frivolously offers the free agent a contract. The minor league deal includes a bonus for hitting 75 home runs next season and leading the Tigers' affiliate to ten consecutive International League titles.
2007 After retiring 24 of 24 Ham Fighters batters in eight innings, Daisuke Yamai of the Dragons is replaced by the closer Hitoki Iwase, who gets the side out in order to record a save in the 1-0 victory against Nippon. The combined perfect game in Game 5 of the seven-game series brings Chunichi its first title in 53 years.
2008 The Red Sox and Lee County (FL) sign an agreement for Boston's spring training home to stay in the Fort Myers area for the next three decades. The 30-year deal keeps the team playing in the City of Palms Park until the completion of the new complex before the 2012 season.
2010 Edgar Renteria, who drove in the Marlins' winning run against Cleveland during Game 7 of the 1997 Fall Classic, joins Yankees legends Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra as only the fourth player in baseball history to collect two World Series-winning hits. The Series MVP's three-run homer off Cliff Lee in the seventh inning leads to San Francisco's 3-1 victory over the Rangers, bringing a World Championship to the Giants for the first time since 1954.

2014 The Blue Jays trade long-time fan favorite Adam Lind to the Brewers in exchange for right-handed starter Marco Estrada, who will become a mainstay in the Toronto rotation. The team's former DH will play one season with the Brew Crew before being traded to Seattle for three minor leaguers.
2015 In Game 5, the Royals beat the Mets in 12 innings, 7-2, winning the World Series for the first time in 30 years. Kansas City, trailing the Citi Field contest entering the top of the ninth, tie the game with two runs off starter Matt Harvey, who insisted on trying to complete the game despite having thrown over 100 pitches.
2019 The Mets tap their one-time player Carlos Beltr√°n to replace recently-fired manager Mickey Callaway, who compiled a 163-161 (.503) record during his two years at the helm. The 42-year-old former slugger, with no managerial experience, inks a three-year deal with a club option for 2023.

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