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  Nov. 28: Curt Schilling and his wife, Shonda, are headed for Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo)

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November: Handing out the hardware
A grandfather who directed a group of overachieving kids to the World Series championship was selected by his peers as the best skipper in the National League, providing one of the highlights during baseball's annual "Awards Month" in November. A sampling of the month's stories:
Team Stories & Headlines

By Jim Street /

November 3
Former White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillen is named as the team's manager, becoming the first native of Venezuela to be selected as a Major League manager. Meanwhile, the hot stove league kicked off with the Phillies acquiring left-handed closer Billy Wagner from the Astros for three pitchers, including Brandon Duckworth.

November 4

Gold was re-discovered in the West as Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez, a pair of three-time winners, led a strong AL West contingent that this year represented seven of the nine Gold Glove selections. Last year, eight of the nine selections were from the AL West.
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November 5
After 33 seasons at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies announced that they will christen Citizens Bank Park, their new 43,500-seat ballpark, with a nine-game homestand that starts on April 12, 2004 against the Cincinnati Reds. The home schedule includes a rematch of the 1980 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. The Cardinals captured four Gold Gloves in the National League for the second consecutive year.

November 6
The baseball world is stunned when Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson, 25, is killed in Chandler, Ariz., during an apparent robbery. Stenson was playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.

November 7
A stunning 2-1 loss to Mexico in the quarterfinals of the Olympic qualifying tournament in Panama deprives Team USA from participating in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Team USA captured the Gold Medal in the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, beating highly favored Cuba in the title game.

November 11
Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay received 26 of the 28 first-place votes to easily capture his first Cy Young Award.

November 13
Dodgers reliever Eric Gagne ended Randy Johnson's four-year stranglehold on the award by winning the NL Cy Young Award. It was announced that a mandatory program testing for steroid use will be implemented in 2004 after testing during the 2003 season surpassed the threshold of 5 percent positive results stipulated in the Basic Agreement between the MLB owners and the MLB Players Association.

November 17

Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez became the first player in American League history to capture the league's Most Valuable Player Award while playing for a last-place team. Seven players had at least one first-place vote and A-Rod led the way with six to edge Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado for the award.
November 18

Giants outfielder Barry Bonds captured his third straight and sixth overall National League MVP Award in a landslide victory. Bonds finished more than 100 points ahead of Cardinals outfielder Albert Pujols. Bonds has now won three more MVP awards than anyone in MLB history.

November 24
The baseball world lost one of its glorious links to the past when Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, the winningest left-handed pitcher in Major League history, died peacefully at the age of 82 in his Broken Arrow, Okla., home.

November 28
Right-hander Curt Schilling waived his no-trade clause and accepted a deal that sent him to the Boston Red Sox for four players. Schilling, a five-time All-Star who gave the Diamondbacks a terrific one-two punch with left-hander Randy Johnson, joins Pedro Martinez in the Boston rotation.

Jim Street is a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League baseball or its clubs.