1931 Lefty Grove, winner of 31 games for the Philadelphia Athletics, is named American League MVP. Grove led the league in Ks for the seventh straight season and topped all pitchers in winning percentage, ERA and complete games.
Future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals wins his first Cy Young Award. Gibson is unanimous after dominating hitters with a 22-9 record and an ERA of 1.12 during the “Year of the Pitcher.”
Danny Jackson’s five-hitter cuts St. Louis’ lead to 3-2 in the World Series as the Royals take Game 5, 6 – 1. Willie Wilson’s two-run triple highlights a three-run 2nd inning and chases Cardinals starter Bob Forsch.
With a 7 – 2 win, the Cincinnati Reds win the World Series in a four-game sweep of the Yankees. It is the Reds’ second straight World Championship. Johnny Bench hits two home runs for five RBI. He finishes with a .533 batting average and is named Series MVP.
The first World Series game ever played in Florida belongs to the Marlins. Moises Alou and Charles Johnson hit back-to-back HRs against Cleveland’s Orel Hershiser to make a 7 – 4 winner of Livan Hernandez.
In the American League expansion draft, pitcher Roger Nelson is selected first by the Kansas City Royals and first baseman Don Mincher is the first choice of the Seattle Pilots. The National League held its draft yesterday.
Dizzy Dean wins the opening game of the World Series, 8 – 3. Detroit Tigers manager Mickey Cochrane holds back his ace pitcher, Schoolboy Rowe, and the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick goes 4 for 4, including a home run.