The Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after nine years, during which the club averaged 96 wins per season and won five divisional titles, four National League pennants, and two World Championships. He will lead the Detroit Tigers to the World Series Championship in 1984.
The Professional Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball, formally banned in 1920. Only National League supervisor of umpires Cal Hubbard votes in favor. Hubbard had been an umpire in the American League from 1936 to 1951.
The Dodgers sign the relatively unknown Walter Alston to a one-year pact as their manager for 1954. He will sign 23 one-year contracts with the team and manage the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers through 1976. Alston led Dodgers teams to seven National League pennants and four world championships.
Happy birthday to Greg “the Bull” Luzinski, born on this day in Chicago. Luzinski was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 9, 1970, with the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit 223 of his 307 lifetime HRs for the Phils, and then retired in 1984 after a few seasons as a member of the White Sox.…
Milwaukee 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 for Milwaukee.
Two years after breaking the MLB “color barrier,” the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson is voted the National League Most Valuable Player award. Jackie led the National League with a .342 batting average and the most stolen bases (37).
Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox wins the American League’s Most Valuable Player award. His Sox teammates, Luis Aparicio and Early Wynn, finish second and third in the voting. All three are now in the Hall of Fame.