On November 15, 1995 the Arizona Diamondbacks made their first major league signing. The team was still three years away from playing their first game. They did not have a stadium yet, they would not break ground on Bank One Ballpark for another day but on this day they made national headlines with a signing of William Nathaniel Showalter III who would be the first manager in Diamondbacks history.

Showalter had been the manager of the New York Yankees and had been named American League Manager of the year in 1994. He led the Yankees to the play-offs as a wild card team in 1995. Shortly after the playoffs he was fired and then Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo seized the opportunity to bring in one of the brightest minds in baseball.


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