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This Day in Baseball History
November 22nd

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1890 The Philadelphia Athletics are expelled from the American Association for violating the league's constitution. A new team is placed in the 'City of Brotherly Love' and franchises are also awarded to Boston, Washington, and Chicago.
1908 In the first game between a Japanese and an American professional team, the Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University in Tokyo, 5-0. The sporting good company sponsored team, which mainly consists of minor leaguers from the Pacific Coast League, will win all 17 games they played in Japan, before moving on to participate in contests in the Phillipines and Hawaii.
1932 Charley Gelbert shatters his leg in a hunting accident. The Cardinals' shortstop will return as a part-time infielder in 1935, playing until 1940.
1934 The Cubs trade Guy Bush, Jim Weaver, and Babe Herman to the Pirates for Larry French and Fred Lindstrom.
1954 The Pirates purchase the contract of Roberto Clemente from Montreal, the Dodgers' AAA farm club.
1957 In a controversial vote, Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle edges out Red Sox superstar Ted Williams to win the American League MVP. In spite of the 'Splendid Splinter' leading the league with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging average, two Chicago writers still list him in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.
1957 After 22 seasons, Larry Goetz is unwillingly 'retired' as a National League umpire by Warren Giles. The discharged arbitrator had been critical of the Senior Circuit because of the league's refusal to include umps in the players' pension fund.
1960 The American League proposes an expansion to nine teams in both leagues with interleague play. If the National League agrees, the Junior Circuit will delay its plans for a Los Angeles franchise.
1961 Frank Robinson becomes the first Reds' player to win the National League MVP award since first baseman Frank McCormick was selected after the 1940 season. The 26 year-old right fielder gets all of the writers' 15 first place-votes, easily outpointing Orlando Cepeda, 219-117.
1967 Rod Carew (.292, 8, 51) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Receiving 19 of 20 first place votes, the Twins' second baseman easily outdistances Reggie Smith of the Red Sox.
1968 Johnny Bench, who kept his freshman status by missing the final three games of the 1967 season due to a hand injury, is named the National League's Rookie of the Year by the narrowest of margins. The 20 year-old Reds' catcher edges Mets' southpaw Jerry Koosman for the award when Chicago American veteran scribe Jim Enright splits his choice because he "couldn't vote for one and ignore the other".
1971 The Indians' freshman first baseman, Chris Chambliss (.275, 9, 48), wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 11 of 24 first place votes cast by the BBWAA. The runner-up is Bill Parsons, who is named on five writers' ballots after compiling a 13-17 record along with a 3.20 ERA for the Brewers this season.
1972 Johnny Bench wins his second National League MVP award in the last three years. The runner-up is Cubs' left fielder Billy Williams.
1977 Expo outfielder Andre Dawson (.282, 19, 65) wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by a single vote over the Mets' Steve Henderson (.297, 12, 65). New York obtained Henderson in the Seaver trade with the Reds.
1977 The Yankees sign free-agent Rich 'Goose' Gossage to a six-year 2.75 million dollar contract. The future Hall of Famer closer had 26 saves and a 1.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.
1977 Terry Forster, the American League saves leader in 1974 with the White Sox, signs a big contract with the Dodgers, becoming the team's first free agent. Last season, the southpaw compiled a 6-4 record with a 4.43 ERA pitching for the Pirates and will post an 11-13 record during his 5 years in Los Angeles.
1978 Second baseman Lou Whitaker (.285, 3, 58) wins the American League Rookie of the Year award. The distant runner-up is Brewers' second baseman Paul Molitor.
1982 Steve Sax (.282, 4, 47) becomes the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, and Fernando Valenzuela had been the previous winners.

1983 Ron Kittle (.254, 35, 100) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Indians' infielder Julio Franco (.273, 8, 80) and Orioles' hurler Mike Boddicker (16-8, 2.77). The free-swinging White Sox outfielder struck out a league-leading 150 times.
1984 Mariner first baseman/DH Alvin Davis (.284, 27, 116) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, easily outdistancing his teammate, southpaw Mark Langston, and Twins' outfielder Kirby Puckett.
1986 Although the area has not yet been awarded a major league franchise,áa groundbreaking ceremonyáis held to build what will eventually called Tropicana Field, a venue for hosting baseball fans from Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. TheáFlorida Suncoast Dome, the ballpark's original name, will be completed in 1990, but will not field a MLB team until eight years later when the Devil Rays play their first game as an expansion team, although, at various times during the interim, it's rumored the White Sox, Mariners, and Giants are making plans to be tenants in theáPinellas County facility.á
1989 Kirby Puckett becomes the first major league player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year when he inks a pact with the Twins for $9 million over three years.
1996 The soil is poured at Tropicana Field, making it the first dirt infield on an artificial-turf field since Busch Stadium in 1975. Typically, dirt is usually only found around the bases and home plate when synthetic grass is employed.
2000 Although offered more money by three other clubs, switch hitting shortstop Jose Valentin elects to stay with the White Sox, signing a three-year deal with a fourth-year option worth $5 million a year.
2003 The oldest player in the major leagues next season could still be Jesse Orosco (2-2, 7.68). The 46 year-old southpaw reliever agrees to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks and will earn an $800,000 salary when he is added to the big league roster.
2004 At a lunch time celebration at Union Station, which includes a protest, the recently relocated Washington National League franchise announces its new name, logo, and colors. Using the official original name of the district's team which used the nickname the Senators from 1901-56, the club clad in red, white, blue, and gold will be known as the Nationals.
2006 The Dodgers sign free-agent Juan Pierre to a five-year, $44 million deal. The speedy center fielder did not miss a game during his last four seasons playing with Florida and Chicago.
2010 Joey Votto, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes, is the overwhelming choice of the BBWAA to be the National League's Most Valuable Player. The Reds' first baseman, who helped Cincinnati reach the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, hit .324 and led the major leagues with a .424 on-base percentage.
2011 Major League Baseball and the Players Association sign a memorandum of understanding on a new five-year Basic Agreement, ensuring fans of uninterrupted baseball through the 2016 season. The new deal includes mandatory testing of blood for HGH, 15 teams in each league by 2013, another round of playoffs, two more wild-card teams, and the expansion of the use of instant replay.
2011 Ryan Braun (.332, 33, 111) becomes the first Brewer to be selected as the Most Valuable Player since 1989, when Robin Yount won the award. The Milwaukee left fielder, who was listed first on 20 ballots and second on the rest of the 32 writers' ballots, outpointed runner-up LA's Matt Kemp (.324, 39, 126) in the overall voting, 388-332.
2016 President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for the past 67 seasons. The recently retired play-by-play announcer joins other baseball notables, including Hank Aaron, Moe Berg, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial, to have received the nation's highest civilian honor.

31 Fact(s) Found