1942 - Bill Terry resigns from his job as supervisor of the minor-league system for the Giants to go into private business. The Giants, with nine minor league teams at the start of 1942, are down to two: Jersey City and Fort Smith, Arkansas.
1948 - Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected the American League Most Valuable Player. Boudreau had almost been traded to the St. Louis Browns earlier in the year, but protests by fans kept Lou in Cleveland.
1952 - On a local TV program, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson charges that the New York Yankees management is racist for its failure to bring up a black player. George Weiss of the Yanks denies the allegations.
1961 - Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted National League Rookie of the Year.
1981 - Yankees southpaw Dave Righetti (8-4, 2.06 in 1981) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award.