With 15 of the 24 first-place votes cast by the writers, Joe DiMaggio wins his first American League MVP award, easily out-distancing runners-up Jimmy Foxx and Bob Feller. The Yankees outfielder will also capture the prestigious prize in 1941 and 1947.
In Game 5 at Dodger Stadium, Pedro Guerrero's and Steve Yeager's back-to-back solo home runs in the seventh inning off Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry gives Los Angeles a 2-1 win, its third victory in the Fall Classic. Guerrero and Yeager along with teammate Ron Cey will be named as the co-recipients of the World Series MVP award.
Mike Piazza becomes the first player to hit a World Series home run at both Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium. The backstop’s third inning homer off Denny Neagle will account for the only two runs the Mets will score in a 3-2 Game 4 defeat to their cross-town rivals.
Yusei Kikuchi decides not to entertain offers from American major league teams, opting instead to start his professional career in his native Japan. The 18-year-old left-handed flamethrower, who had interested scouts from the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Tigers, Braves, Rangers, Mariners, and Indians, would have been the first Japanese high school student to come directly to the U.S. to play pro ball.
With a 5-2 victory over the Angels at Yankee Stadium, New York wins its 40th American League pennant. The Bronx Bombers, after a six-year absence from the Fall Classic, will play the Phillies in quest of their 27th World Championship and the first since they beat the Mets in 2000.