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    October 31


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    2002

    The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association votes 9-6 to prohibit the use of metal bats in the state high school tournament in 2003. Twenty five of 40 leagues will switch to wood for the regularly season. The state is the first to outlaw metal bats.

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    2001

    In a thrilling contest‚ the Yankees defeat the Diamondbacks‚ 4-3 in 10 innings‚ to tie the Series at 2 games apiece. Tino Martinez's 2-out‚ 2-run HR in the bottom of the 9th ties the game‚ and Derek Jeter's blast in the bottom of the 10th wins it for New York. Both homers come off Byung-Hyun Kim who relieved Curt Schilling in the 8th inning. Mariano Rivera gets the win in relief for the Yankees.

    Joe Falls of The Detroit News is voted the J.G. Taylor Spink Award‚ and will be inducted into the writer's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer.

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    2000

    According to rankings of the Elias Sports Bureau‚ Randy Johnson is named the top player for the 2000 season.

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    1995

    Cubs' 2B Ryne Sandberg‚ who retired last year in the middle of a 4-year‚ $28.4 million contract‚ announces that he will return for the 1996 season.

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    1979

    Mike Flanagan‚ who posted a 23-9 record for the Orioles‚ is named the winner of the AL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin over the Yankees Tommy John.

    The Mets trade vet Richie Hebner to the Tigers for 3B Phil Mankowski and OF Jerry Morales.

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    1977

    The Reds trade pitchers Woody Fryman and Bill Caudill to the Cubs for P Bill Bonham.

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    1973

    The Astros trade P Jerry Reuss to the Pirates for C Milt May. Reuss will finally put it all together in Pittsburgh and win 58 games in 4 seasons.

    Tom Seaver wins the NL Cy Young Award‚ the first time the honor has gone to a player with fewer than 20 wins. Seaver was 19-10 and led the league in ERA (2.08) and strikeouts (251).

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    1972

    Gaylord Perry wins the AL Cy Young award by a 64-58 margin over Chicago's Wilbur Wood. Perry won 24 games for the 5th-place Indians.

    The Phillies trade IF Don Money and 2 others to the Brewers for 4 pitchers‚ including Jim Lonborg and Ken Brett.

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    1967

    San Francisco's Mike McCormick is the NL Cy Young Award winner‚ as pitchers are honored in each league for the first time.

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    1961

    A federal judge rules that Birmingham‚ AL‚ laws against integrated playing fields are illegal‚ eliminating the last barrier against integration in the Southern Association.

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    1960

    The Giants trade IF Andre Rodgers to the Braves for SS Alvin Dark‚ then sign Dark to a 2-year contract as manager. Dark does not plan to be a playing manager.

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    1957

    Yogi Berra says that the Yankees returned the money collected in fines to the players involved in the Copacabana fight.

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    1953

    After touring Japan with the Giants‚ Commissioner Ford Frick says that Japanese baseball is the equivalent of Class A in the U.S.

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    1933

    The St. Louis Cardinals release spitballer Burleigh Grimes.

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    1900

    Ban Johnson writes a letter to NL president Nick Young seeking peace‚ based on parity as a major league for the AL.

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    1881

    The Metropolitan club plays its final game of the season. The Mets played 151 games altogether‚ winning 80 of them. They were 18-43 versus NL teams.

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    1877

    At a stockholders meeting‚ the St. Louis club announces an agreement with the players that will reduce the salaries still owed from $4‚389.68 to $2791.46.

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