Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343, 32, 162) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP by one point. In 1941, the Yankee Clipper also narrowly beat the 'Splendid Splinter', who hit .406 that season, when a writer left the Red Sox right-fielder off the ballot.
Former Cleveland shortstop standout Lou Boudreau signs a two-year contract with the Red Sox for $150,000. The 33 year-old future Hall of Fame infielder will hit .267 and will be released at the end of the season, before joining the club for four games in 1952.
Future Hall of Famer Roy Campanella (.312, 41, 142) is named the National League's MVP for the second time. The Dodger catcher also copped the prize in 1951 and will win the honor again in 1955, joining Stan Musial as the circuit's second three-time recipient of the award.
Indian third baseman Al Rosen (.336, 43, 145) is selected the American League's MVP by an unprecedented unanimous vote when he is named first on all 24 ballots cast by the writers. The 28 year-old infielder, completing his fourth full season as a major leaguer, just misses garnering the triple crown when Mickey Vernon tops him by one point for the best batting average in the circuit.
After winning the MVP last week and the Rookie of the Year in 1949, Brooklyn starter Don Newcombe (27-7, 3.06) receives major league baseball's inaugural Cy Young Award, an honor that will be given to just one hurler until 1967 when each league will name a winner of the prestigious pitching prize. The Dodgers' director of Community Affairs remains the only player in baseball history to have won all three major postseason awards.
En route to play winter ball for Valencia, Charlie Peete, his wife, and three small children are among the 25 victims who perish when their Caracas-bound plane crashes into the side of a Venezuelan mountain during a severe thunder storm. The 27 year-old outfielder, who won the American Association batting title hitting .350 for Omaha, played 23 games for the Cardinals last season and was likely to become the first black player to be a regular starter in the St. Louis lineup.
Gary Peters (19-8, 2.33) edges White Sox teammate third baseman Pete Ward (.295, 22, 84) and Twins' outfielder Jimmie Hall (.260, 33, 80) for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The 26 year-old left-handed fireballer, who struck out 189 batters in 243 innings, will become a 20-game winner for Chicago in his sophomore season.
The A's and Orioles swap first basemen with Jim Gentile along with $25,000 going to Oakland in exchange for Norm Siebern. Both players will have mediocre seasons with their new clubs, but Baltimore's new infielder will be selected to the All-Star team.
The Mets complete the deal that brings Senator skipper Gil Hodges to New York to become the team's manager by sending 21 year-old right-hander Bill Denehy and $100,000 in reparations to the nation's capital. The beloved former Dodger and original Met, who still had a year left on his contract with Washington, will guide the Amazins to a World Championship in 1969 and will have his uniform number 14 retired by the team.
Carl Morton, who finished the season with a record of 18-11 for the last place Expos, wins the National League Rookie of the Year award. The 26 year-old Montreal right-hander receives 11 of the 24 first-place votes cast by the writers with Bernie Carbo (8), Larry Bowa (3), Cesar Cedeno (1), and Wayne Simpson (1) also being named on the BBWAA ballots.
The Indians trade third baseman Graig Nettles and catcher Gerry Moses to the Yankees for backstop John Ellis‚ infielder Jerry Kenney‚ and outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres. Nettles will play a major role on the Bronx Bombers’ championship teams later in the decade, helping the club win three American League pennants and two World Series.
The Mets trade Tommie Agee to the Astros for right-handed prospect Buddy Harris and outfielder Rich Chiles, who will appear in only eight games for New York. Agee, who will be dealt to the Cardinals in August, will retire at the end of the season.
Vince Coleman is selected by the BBWAA as the National League's Rookie of the Year. The Cardinals freshman outfielder‚ who stole 110 bases for the pennant-winning Redbirds‚ joins Frank Robinson‚ Orlando Cepeda‚ and Willie McCovey as only the fourth unanimous winner of the award.
The Mets and Eddie Murray agree to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. The All-Star first baseman, who played the previous three seasons with the Dodgers, spent the first dozen years of his Hall of Fame career in Baltimore.
The major league owners vote unanimously to extend baseball commissioner Bud Selig's contract through 2006. The former Brewers' owner, who had held the top spot on an interim basis since 1992, was given the title on a permanent basis midway through the 1998 season.
The Brewers and Jason Kendall agree to a one-year contract that guarantees $4.25 million and includes a vesting option for 2009. The 33 year-old catcher, who split time with the A's and Cubs last season, replaces recently traded Johnny Estrada behind the plate.