Eventual Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry wins the AL Cy Young award by a 64-58 margin over Chicago White Sox knuckleballer Wilbur Wood. Perry won 24 games for the fifth-place Cleveland Indians.
San Francisco Giants pitcher John “the Count” Montefusco outpoints Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter for NL Rookie of the Year honors. But it will not hinder Carter from having a Hall of Fame career.
The Chicago White Sox made what has been arguably their best trade ever, sending catcher Joe Tipton, who hit .204 in his one season in Chicago, to the Philadelphia Athletics for a young second baseman named Nellie Fox. The future Hall of Fame keystone player would appear in over 2100 games for the Pale Hose, compiling a .291…
The Braves won their first World Series since moving to Atlanta with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 6. Tom Glavine, now in the Hall of Fame, and Mark Wohlers combined on a one-hitter and David Justice homered in the sixth inning.
Sparky Lyle becomes the first American League relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. Pitching for the New York Yankees, Lyle leads the league with 72 appearances, posting a 13-5 record with 26 saves and a 2.17 ERA.
It was a dark day in two cities. The Cubs trade six-time 20-game winner Ferguson Jenkins to the Rangers for third baseman Bill Madlock and utility man Vic Harris. Meanwhile, San Francisco trades three-time home run champion Willie McCovey, a Giant since 1959, together with a minor leaguer to the Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell.