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.
After 9 years, the Cleveland Indians fire manager Lou Boudreau in spite of fan protest. Boudreau’s overall winning percentage is .529, but he won 92 games in a fourth-place finish. Al Lopez, who managed Double-A Minneapolis since 1948, takes over with a 2-year contract.
In an anticipated move, the St. Louis Cardinals Triple Crown winner Joe Medwick is named National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association. In his career, Medwick was a 10x All-Star. He was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1968.
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.
Ty Cobb resigns as Tigers manager and announces his retirement from the game. Umpire and former Tigers infielder George Moriarty replaces him. Moriarty is the first man to hold baseball’s four principal jobs: player, umpire, scout, and manager.
Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers becomes the first three-time winner of the Cy Young Award. He is a unanimous winner for the 2nd-straight year. This is the last year that only one award is given for pitchers in both of the major leagues.