We performed a site update on April 16, 2013. Please let the admin know if you User_talk:Admin#APRIL_16.2C_2013 encounter any issues. All updates have been performed.
From BR Bullpen
|Stats of players who were born this day|
|Stats of players who died on this day|
|Standings on this day|
|Permanent link to Today's Entry|
|Baseball Library Chronology|
|Today in Baseball History|
Events, births and deaths that occurred on November 22.
- 1883 - New York Gothams owner John B. Day proposes a resolution to prohibit a team from signing a player who has broken the reserve clause of his contract. This resolution, eventually adopted by both the American Association and National League, effectively changes the reserve clause from a device to protect owners from their own greediness to a vindictive weapon to be used against uncooperative players.
- 1888 - The National League adopts a salary classification plan that puts all players into five categories with a standard salary for each ranging from $1,500 to $2,500. The scheme is vehemently opposed by the Brotherhood.
- 1890 - At the American Association annual meeting in Louisville, the Philadelphia Athletics are expelled for violating the league's constitution. A new team in Philadelphia is admitted, plus entries from Boston, Washington and Chicago, replacing Syracuse, Toledo and Rochester.
- 1908 - In the first game between a Japanese and an American professional team, the Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University in Tokyo, 5 - 0.
- 1932 - St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Charlie Gelbert shatters his leg in a hunting accident. He will return as a part-time infielder in 1935, playing until 1940.
- 1934 - The Chicago Cubs acquire future Hall of Fame infielder Fred Lindstrom and pitcher Larry French from the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Babe Herman and pitchers Guy Bush and Jim Weaver.
- 1952 - Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Harry Byrd, who won 15 games and posted and a 3.31 ERA, is selected American League Rookie of the Year by BBWAA voters. Byrd will be the last Athletics player to win the Award until Jose Canseco in 1986.
- 1954 - The Pittsburgh Pirates draft outfielder Roberto Clemente from the AAA roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although Clemente hit only .257 for the Montreal Royals last season, he will become a Hall of Fame member with the Pirates.
- 1957 - In a controversial vote, Mickey Mantle barely edges Ted Williams, 233 to 209, to win the American League MVP Award. Mantle batted .365 with 34 home runs for the first-place New York Yankees, while Williams, of the third-place Boston Red Sox, led the AL with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging percentage. Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey fumes at the news, noting that two Chicago writers listed Williams 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 umpires in the players' pension fund.
- 1960 - The American League proposes that both leagues expand to nine teams in 1961 and begin interleague play. There will be expansion in the American League in 1961, but interleague play will not arrive until 1997.
- 1961 - Frank Robinson becomes the first Cincinnati Reds player in 21 years to win the National League MVP Award, taking 219 of 224 possible votes.
- 1965 - Outfielder Curt Blefary of the Baltimore Orioles edges California Angels pitcher Marcelino López for American League Rookie of the Year honors.
- 1967 - Minnesota Twins second baseman Rod Carew wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Receiving 19 of 20 first place votes, Carew easily outdistances Reggie Smith of the Boston Red Sox.
- 1968 - Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench edges out New York Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Bench becomes the third member of the Reds in six years to be named the top rookie.
- 1971 - Cleveland Indians first baseman Chris Chambliss receives 11 of 24 first place votes to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
- 1972 - Future Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds wins his second National League MVP Award in three years. Bench beats out Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams, who also ran second to Bench in the 1970 MVP balloting.
- 1977 - Andre Dawson of the Montreal Expos wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by one vote over Steve Henderson of the New York Mets. Dawson hit .282 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI, while Henderson had a batting line of .297, 12, 65.
- Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award with 21 of 28 first-place votes over Paul Molitor of the Milwaukee Brewers. Whitaker will be the youngest AL Rookie of the Year until Mike Trout passes him in 2012.
- The New York Yankees sign pitcher Tommy John, a reentry draft free agent formerly with the Dodgers. John will be a valuable addition to the Yankees, winning 43 games in the next two seasons.
- The Ford Motor Credit Company purchases holdings of the General Electric Credit Company, thereby acquiring 100 percent interest in the Houston Astros.
- 1982 - Second baseman Steve Sax of the Los Angeles Dodgers is named National League Rookie of the Year, becoming the fourth consecutive player from the Dodgers to win the award. Sax hit .282 and stole 49 bases as the replacement for Davey Lopes in the Dodgers' infield.
- Ron Kittle of the Chicago White Sox, who hit 35 home runs with 100 RBI, wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Cleveland infielder Julio Franco and Baltimore pitcher Mike Boddicker.
- The Players' Association fires executive director Kenneth Moffett and chooses Donald Fehr as his successor.
- 1984 - Alvin Davis of the Seattle Mariners easily wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award over teammate Mark Langston and Kirby Puckett of the Twins.
- 1989 - Free agent outfielder Kirby Puckett re-signs with the Minnesota Twins for $9 million over three years, making him the first major league player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year.
- 1992 - Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Pat Listach is named American League Rookie of the Year. Listach was recalled on April 7th to replace the injured Bill Spiers and hit .290. He also became the first Brewers player to steal 50 bases in a season.
- 1995 - The California Angels sign free agent infielder Randy Velarde to a three-year contract.
- Although offered more money by three other clubs, switch-hitting shortstop Jose Valentin elects to stay with the Chicago White Sox, signing a three-year deal with a fourth-year option worth $5 million a year.
- The Toronto Blue Jays obtain pitcher Steve Parris from Cincinnati for pitchers Clayton Andrews and Leo Estrella.
- 2002 - Houston Astros RF Richard Hidalgo is shot in the left forearm during a carjacking in Venezuela. He is released from the hospital and will go to Houston for more tests.
- 2003 - 46-year-old relief pitcher Jesse Orosco agrees to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will earn an $800,000 salary if he is added to the big league roster.
- 2004 - 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 was popularly known as the Senators from 1901 to 1971, the club clad in red, white, blue and gold will be known as the Nationals.
- The New York Mets announce the hiring of Terry Collins as their new manager, replacing Jerry Manuel. Collins last managed in the major leagues with the Anaheim Angels from 1997 to 1999. He has since spent time in Japan and China and last season was the Mets' minor league field coordinator.
- Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds wins the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player Award. He defeats fellow 1B Albert Pujols of the Cardinals who had beaten him in voting for both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, by getting 31 of 32 first-place votes in recognition of his leadership role on a young Reds team that reached the postseason for the first time in 15 years. Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies finishes third.
- OF Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers is voted the winner of the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player Award. Braun hit .332 with 33 homers and 111 RBI as the Brewers won the AL Central title for the first time. He outpolls Los Angeles' Matt Kemp who flirted with a Triple Crown but whose team was left far out of the running for a postseason slot.
- The Marlins trade C John Baker to the Padres in return for left-handed P Wade LeBlanc.
- 1853 - George Taylor, outfielder; manager (d. 1911)
- 1866 - Charlie Hamburg, outfielder (d. 1931)
- 1866 - Denny O'Neil, infielder (d. 1922)
- 1879 - Bob Hart, umpire (d. 1937)
- 1890 - Jack Roche, catcher (d. 1983)
- 1892 - Pi Schwert, catcher (d. 1941)
- 1896 - Bill Hollahan, infielder (d. 1965)
- 1901 - Harry Rice, outfielder (d. 1971)
- 1901 - Walt Tauscher, pitcher (d. 1992)
- 1907 - Dick Bartell, infielder; All-Star (d. 1995)
- 1914 - Alex Pitko, outfielder (d. 2011)
- 1916 - Ted Cieslak, infielder (d. 1993)
- 1926 - Lew Burdette, pitcher; All-Star (d. 2007)
- 1931 - Neal Hertweck, infielder
- 1936 - Joe Gaines, outfielder
- 1936 - Fred Wilpon, owner
- 1943 - Wade Blasingame, pitcher
- 1945 - Denny Riddleberger, pitcher
- 1946 - Cy Acosta, pitcher
- 1946 - Rich McKinney, infielder
- 1947 - John Morlan, pitcher
- 1949 - Rich Chiles, outfielder
- 1950 - Lyman Bostock, outfielder (d. 1978)
- 1950 - Greg Luzinski, outfielder; All-Star
- 1953 - Rick Matula, pitcher
- 1955 - Kevin Rhomberg, outfielder
- 1955 - Wayne Tolleson, infielder
- 1957 - Chino Cadahia, coach
- 1958 - Lee Guetterman, pitcher
- 1958 - Ricky Wright, pitcher
- 1960 - Gene Walter, pitcher
- 1960 - Colin Ward, pitcher
- 1962 - John Hoover, pitcher
- 1965 - Mike Benjamin, infielder
- 1970 - Ramon Ortiz, minor league outfielder
- 1972 - Luis Andujar, pitcher
- 1972 - Bobby Morris, minor league infielder
- 1972 - Jay Payton, outfielder
- 1973 - Ricky Ledee, outfielder
- 1974 - Leon Martin, Virgin Islands national team player
- 1974 - Joe Nathan, pitcher; All-Star
- 1974 - Kenny Rayborn, minor league pitcher
- 1976 - Lindsay Gulin, minor league pitcher
- 1980 - Jonny Gomes, designated hitter
- 1981 - Oscar Villarreal, pitcher
- 1982 - Jon Mikrut, minor league pitcher and infielder
- 1983 - Logan Johnson, minor league catcher
- 1984 - Yusmeiro Petit, pitcher
- 1985 - Adam Ottavino, pitcher
- 1986 - Chris Dominguez, minor league infielder
- 1987 - Diosdany Castillo, Cuban league pitcher
- 1988 - Drew Pomeranz, pitcher
- 1988 - Austin Romine, minor league catcher
- 1988 - Daniel Tan, New Zealand national team player
- 1989 - Jan Felkl, Extraliga infielder
- 1989 - Roberto Martínez, Nicaraguan national team infielder
- 1990 - Oswell Munoz, minor league pitcher
- 1991 - Přemek Chroust, Extraliga player
- 1991 - Ryan Hafner, minor league pitcher
- 1992 - Jacob Anderson, minor league outfielder
- 1906 - Tom Cotter, catcher (b. 1866)
- 1911 - Ed Cermak, outfielder (b. 1881)
- 1927 - John McGlone, infielder (b. 1861)
- 1934 - Pop Swett, catcher (b. 1870)
- 1942 - Ben Caffyn, outfielder (b. 1879)
- 1945 - Dick Carroll, pitcher (b. 1884)
- 1948 - Bob Emmerich, outfielder (b. 1891)
- 1949 - Erv Brame, pitcher (b. 1901)
- 1954 - Charlie Gibson, catcher (b. 1879)
- 1955 - Danny Murphy, infielder (b. 1876)
- 1956 - Roy Carlyle, outfielder (b. 1900)
- 1983 - Dave Short, outfielder (b. 1917)
- 1990 - Joe Bowman, pitcher (b. 1910)
- 1991 - Roy Zimmerman, infielder (b. 1916)
- 1995 - Art Smith, pitcher (b. 1906)
- 2003 - Joe Just, catcher (b. 1916)
- 2006 - Pat Dobson, pitcher; All-Star (b. 1942)
- 2007 - Ken Wood, outfielder (b. 1924)
- 2010 - Don Anderson, minor league infielder and manager (b. 1918)
- 2010 - Jean Cione, AAGPBL pitcher (b. 1928)
- 2010 - Tom Underwood, pitcher (b. 1953)
- 2012 - Ken Rowe, pitcher (b. 1933)