Former pitcher Addie Joss and former executive Larry MacPhail are voted into the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Joss pitched Cleveland between 1902 and 1910. He pitched the fourth perfect game in baseball history, and his 1.89 career earned run average (ERA) is the second-lowest in MLB history.
Our daily look at what happened in baseball “On This Day” is going to take a little holiday break. Our plan is to return December 30. Until then, may you and yours have a terrific season of celebration.
The Major League Rules Committee meets in New Orleans. Among the changes is one permitting the use of cowhide, rather than just horsehide, in the manufacture of baseballs. (The records of the meeting do not indicate any future allowance for “juice” to be entered into the balls.)
Although the date was different when this was established, it seems appropriate on this Thanksgiving Day to take a brief respite from our regular posts and recall what this day is supposed to mean to Americans. This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving.
Bret Saberhagen of the Royals becomes the fourth pitcher ever to win the American League Cy Young Award twice, getting 27 of a possible 28 first-place votes for his 23-6, 2.16 ERA season. He also won the award in 1985 when Kansas City won its first World Championship.
The Doubleday Publishing Company agrees to sell the World Champion Mets to Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon for $80.75 million. The company had purchased the Mets for a then-record $21.1 million in 1980.