This day in baseball: Feller is the MLBPA’s first president

A major league player association was formed on December 11, 1956 with future Hall of Famer Bob Feller named its first president.  Feller held the position until 1959, when he was succeeded by Frank Scott.  This organization followed up many previous attempts to create a labor organization in Major League Baseball.  It would eventually become successful ten years later when Marvin Miller was hired to be the MLBPA’s first executive director in 1966.

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This day in baseball: Devil Rays Opening Day tickets go on sale

Individual tickets for went on sale for Opening Day of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ maiden season on December 6, 1997.  The game sold out in approximately seventeen minutes.  The Devil Rays’ Opening Day would take place on March 31, 1998.

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This day in baseball: Musial named NL MVP

On December 2, 1948, Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial was named the National League Most Valuable Player.  Musial led the NL with a .376 batting average and 131 RBIs.  He narrowly missed the Triple Crown, however, as his 39 home runs were one less than the totals by Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner.

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This day in baseball: Speaker resigns as manager

Tris Speaker resigned as Indians manager on November 29, 1926, after a scandal broke in which pitcher Dutch Leonard claimed that Speaker and Ty Cobb fixed at least one game between Cleveland and the Detroit Tigers.  Umpire Billy Evans called these accusations “purely a matter of personal revenge” for Leonard, who is reported to have been upset with Cobb and Speaker after a trade ended with Leonard in the minor leagues.  Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis cleared both Speaker and Cobb of any wrongdoing when Leonard did not show up at a hearing to discuss his accusations.

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This day in baseball: Ripken is Rookie of the Year

Orioles infielder Cal Ripken, Jr. was awarded the American League Rookie of the Year on November 24, 1982.  Ripken’s consecutive game streak had already begun at this point, sitting at 118 games at this point.

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This day in baseball: Seaver is Rookie of the Year

Tom Seaver won the National League’s Rookie of the Year on November 20, 1967.  The right-handed Seaver compiled a 16-13 record that season with a 2.76 ERA.

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This day in baseball: Yogi joins the Mets

On November 17, 1964, Yogi Berra signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets as a player-coach for $35,000 per season.  He played only four games with the Mets in 1965, collecting two hits.

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