November 3rd 1926:
Tigers centerfielder Ty Cobb officially retired as player/manager. He became part of the original hall of fame class more than 10 years later.
November 3rd 1942:
Triple Crown Winner Ted Williams finishes second in MVP to Joe (Flash) Gordon of the Yankees. Gordon led the league in most strikeouts and times grounded into a double play. Could you imagine winning the triple crown, but having writers say somebody else had a better season than you? Williams’ average was 34 points better, hit twice as many home runs, 34 more RBIs, an OBP 90 points better, the list goes on and on. This same thing happened to Lou Gehrig 8 years earlier. Gehrig hit 49 Home Runs, 47 more than winner Mickey Cochrane. He also had 165 RBI, 89 more than Cochrane, and his .363 average was 43 points better than Cochrane’s mark of .320.
November 3rd 1989:
Replacing the banned Pete Rose, Lou Piniela is named manager of the Reds.