On November 25 on this day in baseball history, there were over 100 notable events. There were over 52 Major League Players Birthdays, 25 Deaths, all on November 25 on this Day In Baseball history.
1911 – William Russell, head of the syndicate that owns the Boston Nationals, dies. No doubt helping his demise was watching his team finish the season with a .291 winning percentage. Former player, now attorney, Monte Ward and New York politician James Gaffney will purchase 945 of the 1000 shares for $177,000. The team, also known as the Rustlers (or Doves) will start next season as the “Braves”.
The Cincinnati Reds trade outfielder Alex Johnson and infielder Chico Ruiz to the California Angels for pitchers Pedro Borbón, Jim McGlothlin and Vern Geishert. The talented but troubled Johnson, who hit over .300 in his two seasons with the Reds, will win the American League batting title in 1970. Borbón and McGlothlin will be valuable additions to the “Big Red Machine” .
1991 – The Montreal Expos trade first baseman Andres Galarraga to the St. Louis Cardinals for starting pitcher Ken Hill. Galarraga will struggle for St. Louis before enjoying a career renaissance with the Colorado Rockies in Rockies, while Hill will emerge as one of the the league’s best starting pitchers with his new team.
After spending $67 million to acquire its former president’s shares of the Mariners, the Nintendo’s U.S. subsidiary now owns more than 50 percent of the Northwest franchise. Due to the presence of Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle is one of the favorite U.S. major league teams in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The cost-cutting Florida Marlins finalize their big trade with the New York Mets, sending slugger Carlos Delgado to New York for first baseman Mike Jacobs and prospects pitcher Yusmeiro Petit and infielder Grant Psomas. The Mets will also receive $7 million from the Marlins to help cover the $48 million Delgado is owed over the next three seasons.
Chase Utley is expected to need four to six months to recover from arthroscopic hip surgery performed today at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. Despite battling the injury for much of the year, the All-Star Phillies second baseman, played a pivotal role in the team’s World Championship this season.
2012 – The 2012-2013 Serie Nacional kicks off. Defending champion Ciego de Ávila beats 2011-2012 runner-up Industriales, 1 – 0. Vladimir García tosses eight no-hit innings, while Odrisamer Despaigne gives up 3 hits in 8 1/3 IP for the losing side. The game is scoreless until the 12th, when Yoelvis Fiss drives in the only run.
The Nippon Pro Baseball Rookie of the Year awards are given out, both going to starting pitchers in landslide votes. Takahiro Norimoto (15-8, 3.34) wins the 2013 Pacific League Rookie of the Year Award with 223 of 233 votes, while Central League win leader Yasuhiro Ogawa (16-4, 2.93) gets 252 of 273 votes for the 2013 Central League Rookie of the Year Award.
Unipol Bologna 2B Alessandro Vaglio is the winner of the Italian Baseball League MVP for 2013, beating out Alex Romero 55% to 26% with former winner Carlos Duran finishing third. Vaglio had hit .410 (third in the league) with a league-high 42 RBI while manning a more important defensive position than the two Latinos. He is the first native Italian to win since Giuseppe Mazzanti in 2008.
2015 – The 2015 NPB awards are given out. Yakult Swallows second baseman Tetsuto Yamada and Softbank Hawks outfielder Yuki Yanagita are runner-away winners of the 2015 Central League MVP and 2015 Pacific League MVP respectively. Yamada was the first player to lead the Central League in home runs and steals and also led in OBP and slugging, while Yanagita was the first 30-30 player to win a batting title in NPB history (he also led in OBP and slugging). Yokohama BayStars closer Yasuaki Yamasaki (37 Sv, 1.92 ERA) is also an easy winner, of the 2015 Central League Rookie of the Year Award. The 2015 PL Rookie of the Year goes to Kohei Arihara (8-6, 4.79), who doesn’t get even half the votes.