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- 1881 - The Western Inter-collegiate Base Ball Association is formed by Northwestern University, the University of Michigan and Racine College.
- 1886 - The Cleveland Blues hire outfielder Pete Hotaling and Jimmy Williams as manager of the new American Association team. The club has already secured a large park site on East 39th street, well removed from downtown.
- 1905 - The Philadelphia Athletics sell veteran third baseman Lave Cross to the Washington Senators. Cross had spent the last five seasons with the Athletics.
- 1913 - The Sporting News reports that 15 men died from baseball injuries during the 1913 season, according to a list compiled by J.R. Vickery of Chicago. The only name given is that of J. Whetstone of New Orleans, who suffered "a broken spine sustained in sliding to a base"; all other fatalities were the result of foul tips or pitched balls. The list "does not include a major league player or even a minor league athlete of sufficient experience to be widely known."
- 1953 - Junior Gilliam of the Brooklyn Dodgers is named National League Rookie of the Year. Gilliam, who led the National League with 17 triples, beats out Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix.
- 1958 - The Philadelphia Phillies acquire infielder Sparky Anderson from the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Rip Repulski and two other players. Anderson won't do much as a player, but will win three World Championships as a manager.
- 1975 - Arbitrator Peter Seitz declares Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally free agents. Both pitchers sat out the option years of their contracts in the hopes they would become free to sign with any team. Messersmith will sign with the Dodgers, while McNally, who announced his retirement in June, will not return. Seitz's decision will lead to an agreement with the owners whereby all players will become eligible for free agency after six seasons.
- 1980 - The Baltimore Orioles sign free agent outfielder Jim Dwyer.
- 1981 - The New York Yankees sign free agent OF/1B Dave Collins for a reported $750,000 a year for at least three seasons. Collins, who stole 79 bases for the Cincinnati Reds in 1979, will end up a bust in New York and will be traded after one season to the Toronto Blue Jays.
- 1992 - The Seattle Mariners sign free agent catcher Mackey Sasser to a two-year contract.
- 1994 - With negotiations to resolve the strike at a standstill, Major League owners unilaterally implement a salary cap and revenue sharing on striking players.
- 1995 - The St. Louis Cardinals sign a pair of free agents, outfielder Ron Gant and pitcher Andy Benes. Gant hit 29 home runs and stole 23 bases for Cincinnati, and Benes won 11 games while splitting his season between San Diego and Seattle. Benes will join younger brother Alan in the Cardinals' rotation.
- 1997 - The Boston Red Sox sign free agent outfielder Darren Lewis and the Chicago Cubs trade outfielder Doug Glanville to the Philadelphia Phillies for second baseman Mickey Morandini.
- 1999 - The New York Mets obtain pitcher Mike Hampton and outfielder Derek Bell from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Roger Cedeño and pitchers Octavio Dotel and Kyle Kessel.
- The San Francisco Giants sign Eric Davis as a free agent. The veteran outfielder, who played for the Cardinals the past two seasons, will end his 17-year career with San Francisco in 2001.
- Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Brewers sign free agent OF Jeffrey Hammonds to a three-year contract, and the Minnesota Twins sign OF Quinton McCracken to a one-year contract.
- Free agent outfielder J.D. Drew, who hit .305 with 31 home runs and 118 RBI for the Atlanta Braves, signs a five-year, $55 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After being traded by the Cardinals to Atlanta last season, Drew, well-known to be injury prone, played in a career-high 145 games.
- The St. Louis Cardinals sign former Anaheim Angels shortstop David Eckstein to a three-year contract. Eckstein will replace Edgar Renteria, who signed with the Boston Red Sox a few days ago, making the Boston shortstop, Orlando Cabrera, available to Anaheim, the team Eckstein is leaving.
- 2005 - Several free agents agree to contracts terms: OF Johnny Damon with the New York Yankees (four-year); OF Juan Encarnación (three-year) and 2B Junior Spivey (one-year) with the St. Louis Cardinals; OF Reggie Sanders (two-years) and P Joe Mays (one-year) with the Kansas City Royals; C John Flaherty with the Boston Red Sox (one-year); OF Endy Chavez with the New York Mets (one-year), and IF Jose Vizcaino with the San Francisco Giants (one-year).
- 2009 - The Angels sign P Fernando Rodney for two years and the Athletics sign OF Coco Crisp for one year.
- Vladimir Baños of Pinar del Rio throws the 51st no-hitter in Castro-era Cuban play and also walks none in beating Matanzas. Unfortunately, his shortstop makes an error, costing him the perfect game.
- In player moves today, the Rangers sign veteran lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes, an All-Star for the first time at age 41 last year; the Rockies trade two minor leaguers, Wes Musick and Jonathan Aristil, to Houston to land reliever Matt Lindstrom; and the Diamondbacks sell utility player Rusty Ryal to the Yomiuri Giants.
- A U.S. District Court judge in Delaware deals a blow to Fox Sports in its quest to maintain an exclusive hold on broadcast rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers for another year. Judge Leonard Stark states that he will likely overturn a lower court ruling that authorized this provision, because the team's bankrupt status does not allow it to conclude deals that affect the long term, since the team is to be sold by April 30, 2012. The deal would have prevented the new Dodgers' owners from approaching competitors to bid for the broadcast rights before November 30th and would have given Fox the right of first refusal on any deal.
- Playing for the Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan League, C Yorvit Torrealba strikes umpire Dario Rivero Jr. on the mask after striking out in a game. He will receive a hefty 66-game suspension for his actions.
- 2012 - Reports indicate that OF Nick Swisher has signed with Cleveland for four years and $56 million; the deal will be med official on January 3rd.
- 1867 - Jack Fee, pitcher (d. 1913)
- 1867 - Jack Leiper, pitcher (d. 1960)
- 1869 - Mike Grady, catcher (d. 1943)
- 1869 - Mike Roach, catcher (d. 1916)
- 1871 - Sam Leever, pitcher (d. 1953)
- 1878 - Rick Adams, pitcher (d. 1955)
- 1879 - Frank Owen, pitcher (d. 1942)
- 1880 - Doc Gessler, outfielder, manager (d. 1924)
- 1882 - Sam Frock, pitcher (d. 1925)
- 1882 - Al Schweitzer, outfielder (d. 1969)
- 1882 - George Whiteman, outfielder (d. 1947)
- 1884 - Palmer Hildebrand, catcher (d. 1960)
- 1887 - Bunny Fabrique, infielder (d. 1960)
- 1888 - Tom Cantwell, pitcher (d. 1968)
- 1888 - George Curry, pitcher (d. 1963)
- 1889 - Cozy Dolan, outfielder (d. 1958)
- 1889 - Fritz Maisel, infielder (d. 1967)
- 1897 - Nemo Gaines, pitcher (d. 1979)
- 1898 - Hinkey Haines, outfielder (d. 1979)
- 1899 - Waddy Macphee, infielder (d. 1980)
- 1899 - Tommy Thomas, pitcher (d. 1988)
- 1900 - Danny Taylor, outfielder (d. 1972)
- 1901 - Ox Eckhardt, outfielder (d. 1951)
- 1902 - Max Rosenfeld, outfielder (d. 1969)
- 1904 - Howie Williamson, pinch hitter (d. 1969)
- 1908 - Sol Carter, pitcher (d. 2006)
- 1908 - Bill Simms, Negro League outfielder (d. 2002)
- 1912 - Pat Ankenman, infielder (d. 1989)
- 1915 - Red Mincy, minor league outfielder and manager (d. 1999)
- 1924 - Bob Marquis, outfielder (d. 2007)
- 1925 - Ed Blake, pitcher (d. 2009)
- 1927 - Tony Roig, infielder (d. 2010)
- 1929 - Al Cicotte, pitcher (d. 1982)
- 1933 - Elder White, infielder (d. 2010)
- 1937 - Tim Harkness, infielder
- 1937 - Wilbur Huckle, minor league infielder
- 1941 - Ken Hubbs, infielder (d. 1964)
- 1942 - Jerry Koosman, pitcher; All-Star
- 1943 - Ron Allen, infielder
- 1943 - Fokke Jelsma, Hoofdklasse outfielder (d. 2012)
- 1943 - Dave May, outfielder; All-Star (d. 2012)
- 1944 - Vic Larose, infielder
- 1945 - Raúl Cano, minor league pitcher and manager
- 1948 - Alec Distaso, pitcher (d. 2009)
- 1952 - Santo Alcala, pitcher
- 1952 - Humberto Valenzuela, minor league pitcher
- 1953 - Jerry Manuel, infielder, manager
- 1955 - Keith Comstock, pitcher
- 1956 - Bert Bradley, pitcher
- 1958 - Tim Leary, pitcher
- 1959 - Frank Eufemia, pitcher
- 1968 - Rick White, pitcher
- 1970 - Kevin Logsdon, minor league player
- 1974 - Pascual Matos, catcher
- 1976 - Brad Lidge, pitcher; All-Star
- 1977 - Shawn Chacon, pitcher; All-Star
- 1977 - Jesus Colome, pitcher
- 1977 - Dustin Delucchi, minor league outfielder
- 1978 - Victor Martinez, catcher; All-Star
- 1978 - Jon Stone, minor league catcher
- 1979 - Steve Stanley, minor league outfielder
- 1980 - Cody Ross, outfielder
- 1981 - Jordan Baker, umpire
- 1982 - Brad Nelson, infielder
- 1983 - Hanley Ramirez, infielder; All-Star
- 1983 - Toshio Saito, NPB catcher
- 1984 - Jurandy Girigori, Hoofdklasse pitcher
- 1984 - Josh Satin, infielder
- 1985 - Chris Fetter, minor league pitcher
- 1987 - Travis Adair, minor league player
- 1987 - Tyler Robertson, pitcher
- 1987 - Jordany Valdespin, infielder
- 1988 - Toshihito Abe, NPB infielder
- 1988 - Roberto Perez, minor league catcher
- 1990 - Mitch Haniger, minor league outfielder
- 1991 - Alan Fanhoni, Brazilian national team infielder
- 1909 - Harry Gilbert, infielder (b. 1868)
- 1916 - Erve Beck, infielder (b. 1878)
- 1937 - Walt Preston, outfielder (b. 1868)
- 1941 - Roy Witherup, pitcher (b. 1886)
- 1955 - Joe McManus, pitcher (b. 1887)
- 1969 - Ted Menze, outfielder (b. 1897)
- 1972 - Dutch Jordan, infielder (b. 1880)
- 1975 - Rae Blaemire, catcher (b. 1911)
- 1975 - Jim McGlothlin, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1943)
- 1978 - Mike Sime, minor league outfielder (b. 1909)
- 1981 - George Scharein, infielder (b. 1914)
- 1986 - Dan Wilson, Negro League outfielder (b. 1913)
- 2002 - George Bullard, infielder (b. 1928)
- 2003 - Charlie Bowles, pitcher (b. 1917)
- 2004 - Wilmer Harris, Negro League pitcher (b. 1924)
- 2006 - Sol Carter, pitcher (b. 1908)
- 2010 - Gerard Salemink, Hoofdklasse pitcher (b. ~1944)