Braves Franchise History
1958 – Milwaukee Braves second baseman Red Schoendienst is diagnosed as having tuberculosis and will appear in just five games in 1959.
1997 – The Braves trade Fred McGriff to the expansion Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later.
2002 – The Florida Marlins send recently-acquired pitcher Mike Hampton to the Atlanta Braves for Ryan Baker and Tim Spooneybarger.
2005 – Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones agrees to restructure his contract, reducing his salary by $6 million next season. The new deal could save the Braves about $15 million over three seasons and free up money for free agents.
1949 – Jackie Robinson, who led the National League with a .342 average, becomes the first black player to win the MVP Award. Stan Musial and Ralph Kinder finished as runner-ups.
1966 – Los Angeles Dodgers ace pitcher Sandy Koufax announces his retirement, due to increasing pain in his arthritic left elbow. Just three weeks earlier, Koufax won a record third Cy Young Award.
1985 – Dwight Gooden and Bret Saberhagen take home Cy Young Awards in the National and American Leagues.
1986 – Roger Clemens becomes the first starting pitcher since Vida Blue to win the American League MVP Award after receiving 19 of 28 first-place votes. Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly finished second.
1987 – Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson becomes the first player from a last-place club ever to win an Most Valuable Player Award, taking National League honors with a .287 batting average and as the league leader in home runs (49) and RBI (137).
2000 – The Seattle Mariners sign Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to a three-year contract. Suzuki becomes the first Japanese position player in league history.
2005- Orel Hershiser resigns as pitching coach of the Texas Rangers to become the team’s executive director.
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Title: This Day in Braves History: Atlanta trades Fred McGriff to Tampa Bay
Author: Kris Willis