1908 - The Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University in Tokyo, 5-0, in the first game between a Japanese team and American professionals.
1952 - The writers vote Harry Byrd (15-15, 3.31 ERA) of the Athletics as the American League Rookie of the Year.
1957 - Mickey Mantle edges Ted Williams, 233 to 209, to win the American League Most Valuable Player. Williams, at 39 years of age, led the league in hitting with a .388 average, hit 38 home runs, and compiled a slugging average of .731. Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey fumes at the news, noting that two Chicago writers listed Williams in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.
1960 - The American League proposes that both leagues expand to nine teams in 1961 and begin interleague play. There will be expansion in the American League in 1961, but interleague play does not arrive until 1997.
1961 - Right fielder Frank Robinson is the first Reds player in 21 years to win the National League Most Valuable Player, taking 219 of 224 possible votes.
1965 - Baltimore outfielder Curt Blefary edges Angels pitcher Marcelino Lopez for American League Rookie of the Year honors.
1967 - Minnesota second baseman Rod Carew is the runaway choice for American League Rookie of the Year.
1968 - Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench is named National League Rookie of the Year, getting 10 1/2 votes to edge out Jerry Koosman of the Mets, who had 9 1/2 votes. Bench is the third member of the Reds in six years to be named the top rookie.
1971 - Indians first baseman Chris Chambliss outpolls four others to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Chambliss, who batted .275 in 111 games, receives 11 of 24 votes.
1972 - Johnny Bench wins the National League Most Valuable Player, 263 to 211 for runner-up Billy Williams. It is Bench's second award in three years.
1977 - Montreal's Andre Dawson wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by one vote over New York's Steve Henderson.
1978 - Second baseman Lou Whitaker, who batted .285 for the Tigers, wins the American League Rookie of the Year, receiving 21 of 28 votes.
1982 - Second baseman Steve Sax is named National League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award. Sax hit .282 and stole 49 bases as the replacement for Davey Lopes in the Los Angeles infield.
1984 - Seattle's Alvin Davis easily wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award over Mark Langston and Kirby Puckett.