On November 24 on this day in baseball history, there were over 80 notable events. There were over 54 Birthdays and over 30 Deaths, and on November 24 this Day In Baseball history.
1913 – Joe Tinker is out as the Cincinnati Reds manager, but is still their property as a player. On December 12th he will be sold to the Brooklyn Robins for $25,000, $10,000 of which goes to him. Pitcher Earl Yingling and outfielder Herbie Moran are sent to Cincinnati later as part of the deal. When Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets puts off signing Tinker, he jumps to the Federal League, signing to manage the Chicago Whales for $12,000.
1953 – The Brooklyn Dodgers sign the relatively unknown Walter Alston to a one-year pact as their manager for next season. Alston, who had served as the skipper of the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Montreal, replaces Chuck Dressen after Pee Wee Reese turns down the job. Alston will manage the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles over the next 23 seasons, winning 2,040 games and four World Championships.
At a gathering of stunned reporters in his office on Montague Street, team owner Walter O’Malley announces Chuck Dressen will be replaced as Dodger manager by Walter Alston, who will remain skipper of the club for the next 23 years, winning seven pennants and four World Series. The leading candidate for the position was Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn’s popular shortstop.
Bill Veeck, along with his son Mike and a nephew, is among the 250,000 people who pay their respect to John F Kennedy, lying in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. The former owner of the Phillies, Indians, Browns, and White Sox is encouraged by the slain president’s family to move to the front, but he insists he is just an ordinary citizen and keeps his place in the extreme cold as blood from his amputated leg begins to soak his trousers during the 15 hours of standing in line.
Bob Kennedy is named head of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. His first move is to inform Jim Marshall he is fired as manager and Salty Saltwell, after a year as general manager, is named secretary and director of park operations. Herman Franks, briefly a Cubs coach under Leo Durocher, will be named the new manager. Ironically, Durocher turned down an offer to manage the Cubs for the 1977 season.
Joe Morgan outpoints Cincinnati Reds teammate George Foster to win his second straight National League MVP Award. Morgan hit .320 with 27 home runs, 111 RBI, 113 runs, 60 stolen bases, and led the NL in slugging percentage (.576) and OPS (1.020). Foster finished with 29 home runs and led the league in RBI (121).
1977 – Former major league manager Mayo Smith dies at the age of 62. Smith skippered the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers during a nine-year managerial career, but gained most of his fame when he guided the Tigers to the 1968 World Championship. Smith later scouted for the Oakland Athletics.
1997 – Tim Johnson is hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. He succeeds Cito Gaston, who was fired in September after having led the Blue Jays to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. Johnson, a former bench coach with the Expos and Red Sox, managed the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in 1997, and beat out three others for the job: Buck Martinez, Larry Bowa, and American League Manager of the Year Davey Johnson, who interviewed in Toronto after leaving the Orioles.
The Mets’ one-time closer John Franco signs a three-year pact as a set-up man to stay with his hometown team, foregoing an opportunity to close for the Phillies. The 40 year-old Staten Island resident, who needs 59 saves to break Lee Smith’s career record of 478, lost his closing job to Armando Benitez during the 1998 season.
2002 – The Phillies, in an effort to fill a void created when Scott Rolen was traded to the Cardinals in July, sign third baseman David Bell to a four-year, $17-million free agent deal. Bell, whose father (Buddy) and grandfather (Gus) were also major leaguers, played for the National League champion Giants the previous season after being traded by the Seattle Mariners during the spring.
2005 – On Thanksgiving evening, the Boston Red Sox officially announce the acquisition of a potential ace from the Florida Marlins in right-handed pitcher Josh Beckett. Boston also adds third baseman Mike Lowell and right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota in the deal, while sending [minor league prospects shortstop Hanley Ramirez and right-handed pitchers Anibal Sanchez, Jesús Delgado and Harvey Garcia to the Marlins.
The Marlins cut their payroll when the team sends last season’s premiere free agent Carlos Delgado (.301, 33, 115) and $7 million to the Mets for Mike Jacobs (10 homers in 100 at-bats), minor league infielder Grant Psomas and Yusmeiro Petit, a highly touted pitching prospect. In January, the free-agent first baseman left Toronto after 12 years of service to sign a four-year deal worth a reported $52 million to play for Florida.
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson admits that the part of his bio which reports he had been picked by the Kansas City A’s in the 1966 amateur baseball draft is untrue. The claim of the potential presidential candidate, who pitched in college for Tufts University, is debunked by an Albuquerque Journal investigation which found no evidence of the Guv ever being selected by any major league team.
2011 – The 2011 Nippon Pro Baseball Gold Gloves are awarded. Yakult Swallows third baseman Shinya Miyamoto wins his 9th, the first 6 having been at shortstop. At age 40 years and 11 months, he is the oldest winner to date. Chunichi Dragons reliever Takuya Asao becomes the first pitcher to win without making a start.
2015 – Eric Thames is named Korea Baseball Organization MVP for 2015 after the NC Dinos slugger led the league in average (.381), OBP (.497), slugging (.790) and runs (130) and became the first 40-40 player in league history. He edges Byung-ho Park in the voting, 50 votes to 44 (out of 100 total votes). The KBO Rookie of the Year goes to Samsung Lions 1B Ja-wook Koo, who batted .349/.417/.534.
2006 – Slugger Carlos Lee is signed to a six-year contract for a reported $100 million dollars. Nicknamed “El Caballo”, the outfielder comes to Houston after stops with the White Sox, Brewers and Rangers. The Astros also ink righthander Woody Williams to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million dollars. The 40-year-old veteran is a Houston native who formerly pitched at the University of Houston.
1997 – The last parcels of land for a new downtown ballpark near the old Union Station terminal are acquired by the H.S.A. The largest sale is from a man named Billy Marlin. Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK) are already on board with a stadium design and Brown and Root will serve as project managers for stadium construction. In other news, the Astros sign outfielder Dave Clark to a free agent contract. Clark bats .206 in 93 games during one disappointing season in Houston.
1991 – Former Astro Phil Garner has something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The then-Milwaukee manager and his family are saved from a fire in their Kingwood, TX home. Two constables force open the front door after spotting smoke coming from the house. Over $100,000 worth of damage is done.