This Day In Baseball November 16
Baseball history on November 16 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.
1894 – Managers Al Buckenberger of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Billy Barnie of the Louisville Colonels and Louisville star second baseman Fred Pfeffer are expelled from the National League for planning with officials of the proposed “American Association” (previously called the National Association). The two managers will be reinstated before the end of the year, but Pfeffer will have to wait until the end of February 1895 before he is welcomed back into the fold.
The circular New York Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto, is unveiled. The design, which represents all five boroughs with various symbols, is blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the franchises which left the “Big Apple” and moved to the West Coast leaving New York without a National League representative.
The Mets unveil the franchise’s new logo selected from over 500 entries submitted in the expansion team’s $1000 design contest. Sports cartoonist Ray Gatto’s winning entry, which displays a skyline representing all five boroughs with various iconic symbols, is a blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the clubs which left the Big Apple and moved to the West Coast, leaving New York without a National League representative.
Lou Perini sells the Braves to the Chicago-based Lasalle Corporation, led by 34-year-old insurance broker William Bartholomay for $6.2 million. Team president John McHale, one of the primary stockholders in the purchase, will take the brunt of the wrath of the fanbase when the new ownership makes clear their intent to move the team out of Milwaukee.
California signs free agent Don Baylor to a six-year, $1.6 million deal. The Austin, Texas native, who played with the A’s last season after being dealt by the Orioles in the Reggie Jackson trade, will become the first Angel to win the MVP Award (1979) until Vladimir Guerrero cops the honor in 2004.
1992 – The Colorado Rockies sign free agent first baseman Andres Galarraga, who rejoins team manager Don Baylor, his hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals. Galarraga is coming off his second injury-plagued year, having missed 44 days of the season after being hit on the wrist by a Wally Whitehurst pitch in just the third game of the season. Galarraga, whose career seemed on the verge of extinction with the Cardinals, will enjoy a renaissance with the Rockies. He will lead the National League with a .370 batting average next season and will lead the league in both home runs (47) and RBI (150) in 1996.
San Francisco Giants second baseman Jeff Kent, who hit .334 with 33 home runs and 125 RBI, outpoints teammate Barry Bonds to become the National League MVP. Bonds had 49 homers and scored 129 runs. Kent becomes the first second baseman to win the honor in since Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs won the award in 1984.
2001 – A Minnesota judge issues a temporary injunction that orders the Twins to play their full home schedule and prevents owner Carl Pohlad from selling the team to anyone who will move it. While this ruling will be appealed, it will be difficult to get the injunction overturned in enough time to contract the Twins for a potential 2002 season.
“The welfare, recreation, prestige, prosperity, trade and commerce of the people of the community are at stake. The Twins brought the community together with Homer Hankies and Bobblehead dolls. The Twins are one of the few professional sports teams in town where a family can afford to take their children to enjoy a hot dog and peanuts and a stadium. The vital public interest, or trust, of the Twins substantially outweighs any private interest.” – HARRY SEYMOUR CRUMP, Hennepin County District Judge ruling that thwarts the baseball owners’ plan to eliminate two major league teams next season. In a four-page decision, Hennepin County District Judge Harry Seymour Crump rules the Twins must continue to play the home portion of their games at the Metrodome next season and prohibits Twins owner Carl Pohlad from selling the team unless the new owner also agrees to play next season’s games in the team’s current ballpark. The lower court decision, which is likely to be appealed, is the result of MLB’s decision to contract two teams, one of which is likely to be Minnesota.
The Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies begin a three-team trade which sends starting pitcher Mike Hampton and outfielder Juan Pierre to Florida with catcher Charles Johnson, outfielder Preston Wilson, reliever Vic Darensbourg and infielder Pablo Ozuna to Colorado. The Marlins will send Hampton to the Braves on November 18th in exchange for pitching prospects Tim Spooneybarger and Ryan Baker.
After piloting the Giants for ten years and winning this season’s National League pennant, Dusty Baker, leaves the organization, inking a four-year deal to manage the Cubs. Chicago, a franchise which hasn’t been to the World Series since 1945, made it clear the 53 year-old three-time NL Manager of the Year was the team’s first choice to lead the way.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was the runner-up in the American League Most Valuable Player voting this week, is second-to-none in the voting for the top two awards given by the Boston chapter of the BBWAA. Ortiz will be given the Ted Williams Award as the top hitter in the major leagues, along with the “Yawkey Award” as the Red Sox MVP at the Boston BBWAA’s annual dinner on January 12, 2006. Ortiz hit .300 with 47 home runs and a major league-leading 148 RBI this season. He also had 34 RBI that put his team ahead, the most in the AL, and 8 RBI from the seventh inning on that gave Boston the lead for good.
After a five-year departure to play for the Mets, Tom Glavine returns to the Braves, agreeing to an $8 million, one year deal. The 41 year-old southpaw, a two-time Cy Young winner with the team, left Atlanta in 2002 after negotiations as a free agent became acrimonious with team president Stan Kasten.
Scott Boras’s reputation takes another hit when free agent Kenny Rogers, formerly with the Tigers, informs big league teams that he has dismissed his agent and is now representing himself in contract talks. Earlier in the week, another client, Alex Rodriguez, reached out to the Yankees to start negotiations without his involvement.
Chris Coghlan edges Phillies right-hander J.A. Happ, the only player named on all 32 ballots, to become the third Marlin in franchise history, along with Dontrelle Willis (2003) and Hanley Ramirez (2006), to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The 24 year-old leadoff hitter, a second baseman in the minors, hit .321 in 128 games, playing mostly left field after being called up in May.
Wally Backman is hired by the Mets to manage the Brooklyn Cyclones, their farm team in the New York-Penn League. The team’s new skipper, who played a vital role with the 1986 World Series championship club, had been given the Diamondbacks job in November of 2004 but was fired shortly after the New York Times revealed the former second baseman had been arrested twice and had financial difficulties.
Roy Halladay wins the National League Cy Young Award in his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies after leading the NL in wins, complete games, shutouts and innings pitched, throwing a perfect game, and, for good measure, adding a no-hitter in the postseason. He is the fifth pitcher to win the award in both leagues, having been honored in the American League in 2003.
The Marlins deal Dan Uggla to the Braves for infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn. Atlanta’s acquisition of the two-time All-Star second baseman, who hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs last season, could be a signal the team is uncertain about Chipper Jones’ status for next year after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.
Roy Halladay joins Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Gaylord Perry as the fifth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. The Phillies right-hander, obtained as a free agent in the off-season, unanimously cops the National League honor after posting a 21-10 record along with a 2.44 ERA during the major-league leading 250.2 innings he hurled this season.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces the winners of its Legacy Awards, naming Mike Trout as its choice for the AL’s Oscar Charleston Award, recognizing the 20 year-old outfielder as league’s most valuable player. The Angels freshman is also the recipient of the Larry Doby Award, an honor given to the top rookie of each circuit.
2016 – Winners of the Cy Young Awards are announced today. Max Scherzer of Washington becomes the 6th pitcher to win the award in both leagues when he prevails in the vote in the National League after going 20-7 during the season. In the American League, Boston’s Rick Porcello, who went 22-4, is the winner over Justin Verlander of the Tigers in a very close race.
Max Scherzer is named the recipient of the National League’s Cy Young Award, making the 32 year-old, who also won the award in American League award in 2013 with the Tigers, the sixth hurler in baseball history to cop the honor in both circuits. The Washington right-hander led the NL with 20 wins, compiling a major league-leading 284 strikeouts during his 228.1 innings of work for the first-place Nationals.
2017 – Giancarlo Stanton wins the 2017 National League Most Valuable Player Award over Joey Votto in a very close vote, 302 points to 300, with both players receiving 10 of 30 first-place votes. The result in the American League is not as disputed, as José Altuve easily outpolls Aaron Judge. It is the first time winning the award for both players.
1994 – Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are named to the annual National League Gold Glove team for their defensive play at first and second base respectively. They are the first Astros to be named since 1976, the last of Cesar Cedeno’s Gold Glove seasons in the outfield (1972-1976). The other past winners are Doug Rader at third base (1970-1974) and Roger Metzger at shortstop (1973). Bobby Shantz was also named as the Gold Glove pitcher in 1962, a year he started in Houston. Biggio will continue to claim the prize for the next three seasons.
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