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    2005

    Free agent P Bobby Howry signs a 3-year contract with the Cubs.

    The Phillies send 1B Jim Thome and cash to the White Sox in exchange for OF Aaron Rowand and minor league Ps Giovany Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood. The move signals the end of Frank Thomas in a White Sox uniform.

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    1999

    The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Russ Springer to a 2-year contract.

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    1998

    The Braves sign free agent OF Brian Jordan to a 5-year contract. Jordan had flirted with several teams before landing the 5 year deal with the Braves.

    The Marlins trade C Gregg Zaun to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

    Bob Betts‚ the PA announcer whose distinctive baritone made him synonymous with Brewers baseball at Milwaukee County Stadium‚ dies at the age of 70. Betts announced the home games for 23 seasons.

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    1990

    Former catcher Bo Diaz‚ 37‚ is crushed to death when a rooftop satellite dish topples over at his home in Venezuela. Diaz last played for the Reds in 1989.

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    1988

    Free-agent 2B Steve Sax leaves the World Champion Dodgers and signs a 3-year contract with the Yankees.

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    1971

    Danny Murtaugh‚ manager of the World Champion Pirates‚ announces his retirement for health reasons. Bill Virdon is named to replace him.

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    1966

    Chicago OF Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of the Year‚ gathering 16 of the 18 votes. Kansas City P Jim Nash gets the other 2. Agee had been brought up briefly the past 4 seasons before finding a permanent spot this year.

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    1964

    The Mets purchase P Warren Spahn from the Braves. The Future Hal of Famer‚ now 43‚ slumped to a 6-13 record in 1964‚ after winning 23 the year before.

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    1962

    Dodgers SS Maury Wills is named the NL's Most Valuable Player.

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    1960

    Dodgers OF Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of the Year with 12 of 24 votes.

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    1959

    Branch Rickey‚ President of the Continental League‚ sends a telegram to Joe CroninAmerican League prexy‚ declaring his disappointment with Cronin's wire of November 20. "You must know of course that‚ almost alone‚ the American League's widely publicized position on alleged expansion has forestalled completion of the Continental League. I have so state repeatedly and publicly for the past several weeks. However‚ I must admit that the Commissioner's completely negative attitude toward a third Major League has made an effective contribution to our forced delay and his continuous statement of preference for internal expansion hurts even more."

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    1951

    The Yankees send young C Clint Courtney to the Browns for P Jim McDonald. Courtney‚ the first major league catcher to wear glasses‚ appeared in one game for New York.

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    1944

    Five groups totaling 23 players‚ managers‚ umpires‚ and writers visit war theaters as part of the USO program. Included are Mel OttDutch LeonardFrankie FrischBucky WaltersHarry HeilmannCarl HubbellFreddie FitzsimmonsBill SummersBeans ReardonJohnny LindellTuck StainbackSteve O'NeillLeo DurocherJoe MedwickNick EttenDixie WalkerPaul Waner‚ and Rip Sewell.

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    1943

    Commissioner Landis rules that Phillies owner William D. Cox is permanently ineligible to hold office or be employed in baseball for having bet on games‚ even though it was for his own team to win. The Carpenter family of Delaware will buy the Philadelphia club and Bob Carpenter‚ age 28‚ will become president. The Phils‚ in an effort to change their image‚ will conduct a contest for a new name.

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    1935

    The Giants purchase veteran P Dick Coffman from the Browns. Coffman‚ who was on the outs with Rogers Hornsby‚ will go 24-14 over the next four years for New York.

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    1930

    At the Polo GroundsSt. Louis Browns OF Red Badgro‚ playing for the NFL New York Giants‚ catches a TD pass against the Green Bay Packers. It is Badgro's 3rd TD catch of the season‚ all from Benny Friedman. In 1981‚ Badgro will be elected to the Hall of Fame-for football.

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    1911

    Cotton States League umpire Edward dies. The cause of death is supposedly a throat injury caused by a foul tip.

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    1889

    Before what one writer claims is "the largest gathering in California history" (15‚000 - 20‚000)‚ Oakland wins the California League pennant by beating San Francisco amid much confusion on the final day of the season. San Francisco tied for the pennant by winning 3 in a row‚ so for the final game Oakland hires ringers Willard BrownGeorge Van Haltren‚ and Cliff Carroll. San Francisco refuses to play so the ump awards the game to Oakland. To appease the crowd‚ the clubs play a game with their regular nines. Oakland wins‚ 5-4‚ behind 32-game winner Bill Coughlan.

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    1888

    New York announces the sale of John Montgomery Ward to Washington for a record price of $12‚000. But Ward‚ who is on tour‚ will eventually cancel the deal by refusing to play for the Senators.

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