On November 26 on this day in baseball history, there were over 100 notable events. There were over 56 Birthdays, 16 Deaths, on November 26 on this Day In Baseball history.
1891 – A series for the championship of the Pacific Coast begins between the champions of the California League (the San Jose Dukes) and the Pacific Northwest League pennant winners (the Portland Webfeet). San Jose wins the opener, 8 – 6. The series will last until January 10, 1892, with San Jose winning, 10 games to 9. All the games are in played in San Jose, CA.
Moving from Washington, D.C. to an area near Minneapolis and St. Paul, known in Minnesota as the Twin Cities, the state’s newly arrived major league team changes its name and will be known as the Twins. The new American League expansion team now in the nation’s capital will continue to use the name Senators but will be an entirely different franchise.
1974 – Catfish Hunter meets with Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley in the American Arbitration Association office in New York City for a hearing to determine the validity of Hunter’s breach-of-contract claim. Hunter contends that Finley failed to pay $50,000, half of Hunter’s salary, to a life insurance fund. The case will go to arbitration.
Catfish Hunter, who claims his contract has been violated by the A’s for failing to pay $50,000 into a long term annuity fund, meets with an arbitrator and team owner Charlie Finley in New York. Peter Seitz of the American Arbitration Association will eventually rule in favor of the right-hander, making the Oakland hurler the first big-name star in modern times to become a free agent.
1979 – Third baseman John Castino, who batted .285 for the Twins, and shortstop Alfredo Griffin, who hit .287 for the Blue Jays, tie for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, each receiving seven of the 28 votes. The deadlock will precipitate a change in the voting system, effective in 1980.
1996 – Less than three weeks after major league owners voted 18-12 against ratification of baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, owners vote again and this time approve it by a vote of 26-4. The landmark agreement brings interleague play to the regular season for the first time, as well as revenue sharing among owners and a payroll tax on players.
Before playing two regular-season games against the A’s to open the major league season in Japan, MLB announces the Mariners will face the Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants in exhibition contests on March 22 and 23. Seattle features former Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki, who signed a three-year deal with the team in 2001.
2007 – The Lotte Giants hire Jerry Royster as their manager. Royster, a former major league and longtime minor league manager and major league player, is the first foreigner ever hired to manage a team in the Korea Baseball Organization. Another Lotte-owned team, the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Pro Baseball, had their best run ever thanks to an American manager, Bobby Valentine.
The Cubs re-signed 30 year-old free agent Kerry Wood to a one-year, $4.2 million deal which includes additional incentives for closing games. The fragile former right-handed starter, who turned down multi-year offers from other clubs to stay with Chicago, will be given an opportunity to become the club’s closer.
Postseason shares as announced, and the members of the World Champions Giants receive a record $377,022.64 each for their role in winning the title. Even discredited OF Melky Cabrera, suspended after a positive test for PEDs and kicked off the team before its run to the title, gets a full share because of a rule in the collective bargaining agreement. Members of the Detroit Tigers receive $284,274.50 each, the second-highest total for a runner-up.
2013 – The MVP awards in Nippon Pro Baseball come as no surprise. Masahiro Tanaka of the Rakuten Golden Eagles is the unanimous winner of the 2013 Pacific League Most Valuable Player Award after going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, the only pitcher in NPB annals to lead in wins without losing a game. Meanwhile, Wladimir Balentien of the Yakult Swallows takes home the 2013 Central League Most Valuable Player Award, the first player ever to win from a last-place team; Balentien had set a new NPB home run record with 60.
The 2014 NPB Most Valuable Player Awards are not as clear-cut as in 2013. Tomoyuki Sugano of the Yomiuri Giants (12-5, with a league-best 2.33 ERA) takes the 2014 Central League Most Valuable Player Award, but 15 other players receive first-place votes. The 2014 Pacific League Award goes to Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko (16-5, 1.98), who led the league in wins and ERA while striking out over a batter per inning. Kaneko only gets 125 of 243 first-place votes. Pitchers also take both Rookie of the Year awards. The 2014 Central League Rookie of the Year Award winner is Daichi Osera of Hiroshima (10-8, 4.05) while the PL Rookie of the Year is Ayumu Ishikawa of Chiba Lotte (10-8, 3.43).
2018 – The notoriously young Braves, who featured two of the three youngest regulars in the majors in 2018 in Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies, add some experience in planning a run for the big prize in 2019 by signing veteran free agents Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann to one-year deals. The 35-year-old McCann is a native of Georgia who spent his first 9 seasons with the Braves, making this a true homecoming.