Robin Yount, who hit .331 for the Milwaukee Brewers and led the league in hits (210), doubles (46), and slugging percentage (.578), is a unanimous choice as American League Most Valuable Player. He would win the award again in 1989.
With only one Cy Young Award given for the two leagues, Whitey Ford, the American League leader in wins and innings, gets the honor ahead of Warren Spahn, who led the National League with 21 wins and a 3.02 ERA.
Orlando Cepeda of the St. Louis Cardinals is the first position player named the unanimous selection as National League Most Valuable Player. He finished the season hitting .325, had 21 game-winning hits and drove in a league-leading 111 RBIs.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is the unanimous choice as American League Rookie of the Year. He is the eighth Yankees player to win the award and the fifth unanimous choice in American League history.
Ernie Banks wins his second Most Valuable Player award in a row on the strength of his forty-five home runs and one-hundred forty-three runs batted in for the Chicago Cubs. Eddie Mathews of the Milwaukee Braves finishes second.
Although the Yankees’ Lou Gehrig wins the Triple Crown with 49 home runs, 165 RBI, and a .363 average, Mickey Cochrane of the pennant-winning Detroit Tigers, with two home runs, 76 RBI, and a.320 average, is named American League Most Valuable Player. Dizzy Dean, with a 30-7 record, is chosen as National League Most Valuable Player.
Pat Dobson of the Baltimore Orioles pitches a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants in a 2-0 win. It is the first no-hitter in Japanese-American exhibition history. The Orioles compile a record of 12-2-4 on the goodwill tour.
Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the first three-time winner of the Cy Young Award. He is a unanimous winner for the second-straight year. This is the last year that only one award is given for pitchers in both of the major leagues.