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This Day in Braves History: Atlanta trades Fred McGriff to Tampa Bay

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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.

MLB History

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.

Information for this article was found via Baseball Reference, and Today in Baseball History.

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