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November 1st

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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.
1972 Paul Owens replaces himself when he introduces Danny Ozark as Philadelphia's new manager. Owens, the team's general manager, had fired skipper Frank Lucchesi, and he took over the managerial reins in July to get a closer look at the players of the last-place Phillies, who finished the season 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 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 his death in 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. The 38-year old managed the Padres' Triple A club for the past three years.
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 NL West Division flag in 2004.
2001 The first major league game ever started in the month of 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. Tonight's heroes are 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, giving 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. The 45-year old former major league infielder, who replaces interim manager Al Pedrique, was the skipper of the Lancaster JetHawks, Arizona's Class A team in California, posting an 86-54 record.
2005 A bronze sculpture featuring the friendship of Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson is unveiled 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, giving the 26-year-old Japanese League pitching sensation an opportunity to play in the United States. It is reported the team 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.
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, who had been 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, released the results of an internet poll he conducted on www.vote756.com, in which 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 affiliate of the Tigers 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 retires the side in order and gets a save in the 1-0 victory against Nippon. The combined perfect game in Game 5 of the seven-game series wins the Japanese Series and brings Chunichi its first title in 53 years.
2008 The Red Sox and Lee County (FL) sign an agreement which will keep Boston's spring training home in the Fort Myers area for the next three decades. The 30-year deal will keep the team playing in the City of Palms Park, until a new complex is completed prior to the 2012 season.
2010 Edgar Renteria, who drove in the winning run for the Marlins against Cleveland in the 11th inning 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, and brings a World Championship to the Giants for the first time since 1954.

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