This Day In Baseball November 10
Baseball history on November 10 includes Major League baseball players born that day of the year, Major League baseball players who died on that date, baseball players who made their Major League debut on that date, and Major League baseball players who appeared in their final game that date.
1888 – In Detroit, MI, a club is organized to compete in the International Association next season to take the place of the disbanded Detroit Wolverines, fifth-place finishers this past season in the National League. The Wolverines sell off their stars, including Big Sam Thompson going to the Philadelphia Quakers, and the so-called “Big Four” Dan Brouthers and Hardy Richardson to the Boston Beaneaters and Jack Rowe and Deacon White to the Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
1930 – Veteran pitcher Hippo Vaughn is reinstated by Judge Landis after eight years of ineligibility. Vaughn, who had lost a double no-hitter duel to Fred Toney in the 1917 season, had jumped the Chicago Cubs in 1922. Vaughn chose to pitch for a semipro team following a salary dispute with Chicago. He will go to spring training with the Cubs in 1931 but will fail to make the team at age 43.
1951 – In Tokyo, 50,000 fans are on hand as an American All-Star team battles a Central League All-Star team. Joe DiMaggio hits a 400-foot home run in the 8th inning to tie the game at 1 – 1, then his brother Dom laces an RBI triple in the 9th and later scores to give the Americans a 3 – 2 victory. The Americans have won 12 games and tied one.
The Rheingold Brewery, in addition to purchasing 100,000 tickets to the new National League’s team games, agrees to pay six million dollars for the radio and television rights to 126 Mets games per year for five years. The deal, the largest of its kind, is approximately double the cost of the franchise and all its first-season players.
The Yankees obtain Dave Righetti along with Juan Beniquez, Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella, and minor leaguer Greg Jemison from the Rangers for Mike Heath, Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich, Domingo Ramos and cash. The 19 year-old southpaw, who will toss a July 4th no-hitter in 1983, will spend 11 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, compiling a 74-61 (.548) record and saves 224 games for the team.
1996 – At Tokyo, in the finale of the Japanese team against the MLB All-Stars, Japan rallies for three runs to earn an 8 – 8 tie. The Americans hit .302 in the series with 11 home runs, and come away with four wins, two losses, and two ties. None of the games go to extra innings. Steve Finley, who hit 8 for 20 with 9 RBI, is named MVP.
Chris Carpenter (21-5, 2.83) is elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as the National League’s Cy Young Award winner. The Cardinal right-hander, who has been sidelined with injuries during the past two seasons, outpoints Marlins southpaw Dontrelle Willis (22-10, 2.63), becoming the first Redbird to cop the honor since Bob Gibson was selected in 1970.
In the first big move of the offseason, the Tigers trade three talented pitching prospects, Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett, to the Yankees for Gary Sheffield. The deal, which includes a two-year, $28 million contract extension through 2009, reunites the outfield slugger with his 1997 World Series champion Marlins general manager (Dave Dombrowski) and field manager (Jim Leyland).
For the first time since the glory days of the ‘Big Red Machine’, Cincinnati has more than one Gold Glove winner in a season when third baseman Scott Rolen, second baseman Brandon Phillips, and pitcher Bronson Arroyo are recognized for their fielding prowess. For four consecutive seasons, from 1974-77, catcher Johnny Bench, second baseman Joe Morgan, shortstop Dave Concepcion, and center fielder Cesar Geronimo were routinely selected by the managers and coaches as the top defensive players in their positions.
At the age of 75, legendary Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus dies at his home after suffering a heart attack. The 2008 Ford C. Frick award recipient and Seattle’s only representative in baseball’s Hall of Fame, best known for trademark calls of “My Oh My” and “It will fly away”, called all but 101 of the 5,385 games for 34 seasons that the team has played, including the very first pitch in franchise history thrown by Diego Segui in 1977.
The Dodgers put in the largest bid for Korean P Hyun-jin Ryu, pledging over $25,7 million to secure the right to negotiate with Ryu, who is represented by Scott Boras. It is the third-highest amount ever bid through the posting system, after those for Japanese pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish.
R.A. Dickey receives the 21st annual Rotary Club of Denver’s Branch Rickey Award, an honor given to just one of the 30 nominees selected from each major league team for their humanitarian service off the field. Prior to the start of the season, the Mets’ 38 year-old knuckleballer climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, helping to raise more than $100,000 to help the Bombay Teen organization rescue young women from forced prostitution in India.
Jose Abreu (.317, 36, 107), receiving all 30 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA, is unanimously named the American League Rookie of the Year. The 27 year-old first baseman joins Ozzie Guillen (1985), Ron Kittle (1983), Tommie Agee (1966), Gary Peters (1963), and Luis Aparicio (1956) as the sixth White Sox player to win the prestigious freshman award since its inception in 1947.
The Gold Glove Awards are announced, with C Salvador Perez, 1B Eric Hosmer and SS Alcides Escobar of the World Champion Royals headlining the American League winners. They are joined by 2B Jose Altuve, 3B Manny Machado, CF Kevin Kiermaier, RF Kole Calhoun and P Dallas Keuchel. LF Yoenis Cespedes wins the award even though he was traded to a National League team at the end of July. In the NL, winners are C Yadier Molina, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 2B Dee Gordon, SS Brandon Crawford, 3B Nolan Arenado, LF Starling Marte, CF A.J. Pollock, RF Jason Heyward and P Zack Greinke.
2016 – David Ortiz goes out a winner as he wins the Silver Slugger Award at DH in the American League for the 7th time in his final season. He is joined by another 7-time winner, 1B Miguel Cabrera, while at the other end of the scale, SS Corey Seager is honored at SS in the Nationals League in his rookie season.
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