Submitted by BTGrimes on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 6:10pm
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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI • The St. Louis Browns officially faded into the sunset on this date in 1953. Stockholders of the beleaguered franchise voted to change the team's name from the St. Louis Browns to the Baltimore Orioles.
The name change was the final step in the transition from former owner Bill Veeck to a new group which would start the 1954 baseball season near the shores of Chesapeake Bay rather than the banks of the Mississippi.
The Browns began as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901 - a charter American League franchise - not to be confused with the present day Brewers. The team stayed only one year in Milwaukee, moving to St. Louis in 1902 and becoming the Browns, which was the color of their uniforms.
In all the years spent in St. Louis (and one in Milwaukee) the Browns went to the post-season once. They won the American League Pennant in 1944, losing the World Series to the cross-town St. Louis Cardinals.
The franchise's change of scenery did them good. The Baltimore Orioles have been to the post-season 11 times since moving to Baltimore. They won the World Series in 1966, 1970 and 1983.
Submitted by BTGrimes on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 8:00am
NEW YORK, NEW YORK • Major League Baseball's Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards for 2016 are due this week.
In case you're asked in a baseball trivia game, here's an interesting look at the defensive positions that have produced the most MVP's since the award, in its current form, was established in 1931.
MVP recipients by position (as of 11/15/16)
There were several MVP-type awards early in the 20th Century, but the criteria were often suspect. The Baseball Writers Association of America took over voting for the award in 1931 and continues the task to this day.
Submitted by BTGrimes on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 8:00am
CINCINNATI, OHIO - The youngest player to play in the major leagues died on this date in 2007. Joe Nuxhall was 79.
Nuxhall made it to "THE SHOW" at the age of 15 when he was called up by the Cincinnati Reds on June 10, 1944. It was the height of World War II. Able-bodied ballplayers of a more mature age were hard to come by because they were all in the service.
The 15-year old Nuxhall would have made it nowhere near a major league mound without a ticket, had it not been for the War.
It was not an auspicious beginning. As the box score and play-by-play of that game show, Nuxhall was brought in to mop up a game pretty much out of reach for the Reds. They were down 13-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals when Nuxhall entered the game in the 9th. He proceeded to give up 5 earned runs on 5 walks, 2 hits and a wild pitch. He wasn't even abe to close-out the 9th. The Reds had to bring another pitcher to get the 3rd out. Nuxall's ERA for that appearance - 67.50. He was shipped back to the minors after the game, not to return for eight years.
Nuxhall went on to have a fine career when he returned to the Reds in 1953. He won 17 games in 1955, 15 in 1963. His career record was 135-117. He wasn't a bad hitting pitcher either, finishing with 15 home runs and 78 RBI.
Nuxhall was a victim of bad timing when he was traded to the Kansas City A's in 1961, missing Cincinnati's only appearance in the World Series during his playing career. He returned to the Reds in 1962.
Nuxhall experienced three World Series championships with the Reds (1975, 1976 & 1990) though, as their broadcaster from 1967 to 2004.
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 11/13/2016 - 9:00am
NEW YORK, NEW YORK • The most valuable player awards are due out in a few days.
Multiple winners as of