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Elephant Rumblings: Trout, Bellinger win MVPs; Semien places third in AL voting

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  • 1886 — In the first major league trade ever, the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association deal rookie catcher Jack Boyle and $400 to the St. Louis Browns for outfielder Hugh Nicol.
  • 1960 — A $3.5 million offer for the Kansas City Athletics is accepted from a St. Louis group and the sale of the 52% stock by the widow of the late Arnold Johnson is expected tomorrow. A sale of the remaining minority stock is also expected.
  • 2000 — Jason Giambi of the Oakland Athletics, who hit .333 with 43 home runs and 137 RBI, wins the American League MVP Award, edging out two-time winner White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas, who had a batting line of .328, 43, 112.

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