NOV 17, 1953: browns fade to black

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.

CONTRIBUTING SOURCES:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 18, 1953
World Series results year-to-year
More on the St. Louis Browns 


NOV 16, 2016: mvp's by position

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)

American League

OF     29
1B     14
P       12
3B      9
SS      8
C        8
2B      4
DH      1

National League

OF     31
1B     15
P       10
3B      9
C        8
SS      7
2B      6

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.

CONTRIBUTING SOURCE:
List of MVP winners



Nov 15, 2007: MLB's youngest player

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.

Contributing sources:
Youngest MLB players 
The Associated Press (AP), June 11, 1944
More on Joe Nuxhall


Nov 13, 2016: Multiple MVP's

NEW YORK, NEW YORK • The most valuable player awards are due out in a few days.
It's not unusual for each league’s most
valuable player
to be a repeater. The leader of the pack by far is Barry
Bonds. Evidence that he took PEDs (performance enhancement drugs) notwithstanding,
Bonds' 7 MVP awards is more than twice as many as anyone else.

Multiple winners as of
November 12, 2016:


Barry Bonds (7)

Albert Pujols (3)

Alex Rodriguez (3)

Mike Schmidt (3)

Yogi Berra (3)

Roy Campanella (3)

Joe DiMaggio (3)

Mickey Mantle (3)

Jimmie Foxx (3)

Stan Musial (3)


Ernie Banks (2)


Johnny Bench (2)


Miguel Cabrera (2)


Mickey Cochrane (2)


Lou Gehrig (2)


Hank Greenberg (2)


Juan Gonzalez (2)


Rogers Hornsby (2)


Carl Hubbell (2)


Walter Johnson (2)


Roger Maris (2)


Willie Mays (2)


Joe Morgan (2)


Dale Murphy (2)


Hal Newhouser (2)


Cal Ripken (2)


Frank Robinson (2)


Frank Thomas (2)


Ted Williams (2)


Robin Yount (2)

There were
several post-season “best player” awards prior to 1931, but their criteria was
not always well thought out, as evidenced by the absence of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb
and others. The current MVP awards have been presented in each league since
1931. It is presented by the Baseball Writer's Association of America (BBWAA).

CONTRIBUTING SOURCES:

Baseball-Reference.com MVP awards


Multiple MVP winners
 


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