1934 - Seventeen-year-old Eiji Sawamura gives up one hit, a home run to Lou Gehrig, as the touring American All-Stars win in Japan, 1-0. At one point Sawamura strikes out four future Hall of Famers in a row: Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Gehrig.
1952 - The writers name Cubs slugger Hank Sauer as the National League Most Valuable Player. The Cubs finished in fifth place, despite Sauer's 37 home runs and 121 RBI.
1962 - Mickey Mantle is named the American League Most Valuable Player for the third time.
1967 - Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (16-12) is named National League Rookie of the Year.
1974 - Jeff Burroughs of Texas, who batted .301 with 25 home runs and a league-leading 118 RBI, wins the American League Most Valuable Player Award.
1984 - Four days after his 20th birthday, Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest player ever to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Gooden was 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA and a major league-leading 276 strikeouts.
1985 - Don Mattingly easily wins the American League Most Valuable Player Award with a .324 average.
1989 - Brewers center fielder Robin Yount edges Ruben Sierra of the Rangers to win his second American League Most Valuable Player Award. Yount, who won the award as a shortstop in 1982, hit .318 with 21 home runs and 103 RBI.
1990 - Oakland's Rickey Henderson edges Detroit's Cecil Fielder for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Henderson hit .325 with 28 home runs and a major league-best 65 stolen bases.
1997 - Andres Galarraga signs a three-year $24.8 million contract as a free agent with the Braves, ending a five-year career in Colorado that helped put the Rockies on the map. He batted .316 with 172 home runs and 579 RBI with the Rockies, including consecutive RBI crowns in 1996-1997. Another player who exploded after expansion in 1992, Jeff Conine, is dealt to Kansas City by the cost-cutting Marlins.