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Elephant Rumblings: MLB award finalists to be announced tonight

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1953 — Eddie Joost succeeds Jimmy Dykes as the manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
  • 1976 — The first mass-market free agent re-entry draft is held at the New York Plaza Hotel. Among those available are Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey, Joe Rudi, Don Gullett, Gene Tenace, Nate Colbert, Rollie Fingers, Don Baylor and Bobby Grich. McCovey and Colbert are the only two players not selected, but McCovey will catch on with the Giants in spring training and have a banner year at his old first base position.

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