Baseball history on November 11 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.
1891 – The National League meets and dismisses the charges of collusion and game throwing against the eastern clubs brought by the Chicago Colts, thereby formally giving the Boston Beaneaters the pennant. The league also plans its strategy for conquering the American Association by consolidating the four strongest Association clubs into a 12-team league for next year.
1940 – Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Larry MacPhail still needs a starting pitcher to make his team a threat to the Reds. He acquires pitcher Kirby Higbe from the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Mickey Livingston, pitchers Bill Crouch and Vito Tamulis, and $100,000. Higbe, who won 14 games in 1940, will win 22 games next season to lead National League pitchers.
The Orioles get their first new manager since 1968 when Joe Altobelli succeeds the retiring Baltimore skipper, Earl Weaver. The former San Francisco manager will compile a 212-167 (.559) record during his 2+ seasons with the team and will lead the club to a World Championship his first year in Baltimore.
1990 – Pitchers Chuck Finley of the California Angels and Randy Johnson of the Seattle Mariners combine to pitch a no-hitter in the finale of an eight-game exhibition series between American and Japanese All-Star teams. But Japan still wins the series 4-3 with one tie, the first time since 1970 that a touring U.S. team has left Japan with a losing record.
In an exhibition game between American and Japanese All-Star teams, Angels’ ace Chuck Finley and Randy Johnson of the Mariners combine to hurl a no-hitter in the finale of an eight-game series. Japan takes the series 4-3 with one tie, making it the first time since 1970 that a team of major leaguers has left the Land of the Rising Sun with a losing record.
1996 – John Smoltz, who won a major league-high 24 games for the Atlanta Braves, wins the 1996 National League Cy Young Award in a runaway. Smoltz, the NL leader in strikeouts (276), innings pitched (253.2), and winning percentage (.750), receives 26 of 28 first-place votes. Kevin Brown of the Florida Marlins, the major-league ERA leader (1.89), receives the other two first-place votes. Since 1991, five of the six Cy Young winners have been Braves.
Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig meets with Don Fehr, the players’ labor leader, in a futile attempt to convince Fehr to accept the owners’ demands. With the deadline for an agreement at midnight on the 14th, there is virtually no hope that the two sides will agree. If the two sides reach the deadline without an agreement, the interleague schedule for next year will be wiped out, and a traditional schedule follow.
The Mets trade Rico Brogna to the Phillies for relievers Toby Borland and Ricardo Jordan. The first baseman, diagnosed with a form of spinal arthritis in 1991, proves to be a good acquisition for Philadelphia when the 27 year-old infielder spends 3+ seasons as an everyday player in the City of Brotherly Love.
John Smoltz (24-8, 2.94) is named first on 26 of 28 BBWAA writers’ ballots to win the National League Cy Young Award, outdistancing Florida’s Kevin Brown, who finishes second in the voting. The right-handed starter is the fourth consecutive Atlanta pitcher to win the honor, with teammate Tom Glavine being the previous recipient of the prestigious pitching prize from 1993-1995.
Pedro Martinez of the Montreal Expos breaks the stranglehold the veteran Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves have on the National League Cy Young Award. Since 1991, either Maddux or a Braves pitcher has captured the award. Martinez posted a 17-8 record with 305 strikeouts, a 1.90 ERA, and 13 complete games, giving Canada a clean sweep of the Cy Young this year. Roger Clemens of the Toronto Blue Jays won the American League award a day earlier. It’s a bittersweet moment for Montreal, as Martinez will be traded away a week later.
Outfielder Moises Alou is acquired for pitchers Oscar Henriquez, Manny Barrios and Mark Johnson. Alou’s four seasons in Houston are marked with superb play and controversy. In three of those years, he averages 31 homers, 115 RBIs and a .331 batting average. In the other year, he misses the entire season with a knee injury that leaves others questioning his commitment to the team.
In one of the best trades ever made in franchise history, the White Sox send center fielder Mike Cameron to the Reds for Paul Konerko, a top prospect Cincinnati had acquired from the Dodgers. The first baseman/DH, who will become a mainstay in Chicago’s offense for well over a decade, hits for a .294 batting average, belts 24 home runs, and drives in 81 runs during his first season in the Windy City.
Barry Bonds becomes the first player in major league history to win the Most Valuable Player Award five times. The 38 year-old Giant left fielder, who also won the award with the Pirates in 1990 and ’92 and with San Francisco in 1993 and last season, was the National League’s batting champion with a .370 average and broke 1941 Ted Williams’ on-base percentage record with an amazing .582 OBP.
2005 – John Shelby is hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a first base and outfield coach, becoming the third member of Jim Tracy’s staff with the Los Angeles Dodgers to join him in Pittsburgh. Shelby, like pitching coach Jim Colborn and bench coach Jim Lett, was a member of Tracy’s staff in Los Angeles last season. Shelby is a former major league outfielder who played for the Orioles, Dodgers and Tigers, and was a Dodgers coach for eight seasons, six of them as first base coach. He had been on the Dodgers’ coaching staff since 1998 after previously managing four seasons in the organization’s farm system.
Although the team has declined to comment, several newspapers and internet sites report the Mets’ new ballpark will be known as Citi Field. The deal with CitiCorp, the nation’s largest bank, may be worth as much as $20 million annually for 20 years, making it the richest naming rights agreement in sports history, exceeding the 32-year, $300 million contract between the NFL’s Texans and Reliant Energy Inc.
Tim Lincecum wins the 2008 National League Cy Young Award in his first full season in the majors. Lincecum led the league in strikeouts and was second in both wins and ERA. Brandon Webb finishes second for the second consecutive season. The NL Western Division has now produced 8 of the last 10 NL Cy Young Award winners.
Joining Mike McCormick, who copped the honor in 1967, Tim Lincecum (18-5, 2.62) becomes the second San Francisco Giant hurler to win the NL Cy Young Award. The 24 year-old right-hander, finishing his first full big league season, receives 23 out of 32 first-place votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to finish ahead of Arizona’s Brandon Webb and New York’s Johan Santana.
The Nationals, which posted baseball’s worst record last season, begin revamping their team, sending second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and two minor leaguers to the Marlins in exchange for right-hander Scott Olsen and outfielder Josh Willingham. The trade gives Washington much-needed starting pitching and adds a left-fielder to an outfield corps which consists of Lastings Milledge, Elijah Dukes, and Austin Kearns.
Winners of the Silver Slugger Award in both leagues are announced. Familiar names include 1B Albert Pujols, OF Matt Holliday and Ryan Braun and C Brian McCann in the National League, and C Joe Mauer and DH Vladimir Guerrero in the American League. First-time winners include SS Troy Tulowitzki and OF Carlos Gonzalez (NL) and Carl Crawford (AL) who all combine their new silverware with their first Gold Glove, picked up earlier in the week.
The Miami Marlins officially unveil their new name, logo, and uniforms in an elaborate Friday night ceremony held for 800 celebs and VIPs in their new downtown ballpark. The team’s new colorful merchandise will go on sale for the first time after the event, being made available to the general public at 11 p.m.
Rays outfielder Wil Myers, obtained in the off-season from the Royals along with three other prospects in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis, wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The 22 year-old North Carolina native, who received 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA, joins third baseman Evan Longoria (2008) and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2011) as the third Tampa Bay player in the last six years to cop the freshman honor.
The Braves announce the franchise will be leaving Turner Field, a ballpark that is newer than 13 of the other 29 major league stadiums when their initial 20-year lease expires after the 2016 season. Team executives, disappointed with Atlanta’s inability to support needed renovations for the venue, cite their fan base is unwilling to attend games because of the city’s crippling downtown traffic congestion and the lack of adequate parking around the stadium.
Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.19) receives 26 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to easily win the National League’s Rookie of the Year award. The 21 year-old right-hander, who defected from Cuba with his mother and sister in 2008, becomes the fourth Marlin player in the last 11 years to cop the freshman honor, joining Chris Coghlan (2009), Hanley Ramirez (2006) and Dontrelle Willis (2003).
The Twins announce Joe Mauer, who missed the last six weeks of the season, will move from catcher to first base on a full-time basis next season. A concussion the 30 year-old sustained when he took a foul tip off the mask in mid-August prompted the team’s decision to change All-Star backstop’s position.
Buck Showalter, who led the Orioles to a divisional title for the first time since 1997, is selected as the American League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA. The Baltimore skipper cops the honor for the third time (1994 Yankees and 2004 Rangers ) in his career, joining Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Dusty Baker, Jim Leyland, and Lou Piniella in winning the award three or more times.
2016 – In off-season dealings, the Braves sign their second 40-something starting pitcher in two days, inking Bartolo Colon to a contract one day after adding R.A. Dickey. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays sign free agent DH Kendrys Morales and Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., sending signals that the era of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who are both free agents, may be over.
Join the Community
Subscribe to our Podcast
The Daily Rewind
on Apples Podcast | Spotify | Google | Stitcher
And connect with us wherever else you listen to Podcast and hangout!
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL
This Day In Baseball – Over 1,000 videos!
Major League Baseball Birthdays, Debuts, Final Games and Deaths, on November 11
Todays Birthdays – – – Check out all the famous Birthdays HERE
Major League Baseball Debuts – To see all the Famous Debuts in baseball history check out the famous debut page
Major League Baseball – Famous LASTS! Check them all out here!