In a major trade, the Blue Jays send first baseman Fred McGriff and veteran shortstop Tony Fernandez to San Diego Padres for second baseman Roberto Alomar and slugging outfielder Joe Carter. The Jays would win back-to-back World Series in ‘92 & ‘93.
Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected the American League Most Valuable Player. Boudreau had almost been traded to the St. Louis Browns earlier in the year, but protests by fans kept Lou in Cleveland. He would manage the Tribe for two more seasons.
Warren Spahn of the World Champion Milwaukee Braves wins the Cy Young Award as MLB’s top pitcher almost unanimously. The only competition for the 21-game winner is White Sox hurler Dick Donovan, who receives one vote.
Happy 69th birthday to Greg “The Bull” Luzinski. He was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies. And a 15 year career (4 with the White Sox) saw him mash 307 home runs!
Boston’s Carlton Fisk is the first-ever unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year. The catcher hit 22 home runs and led the American League East with a .293 average. His Hall of Fame career would span 24 years.
Bret Saberhagen of the Royals becomes the fourth pitcher ever to win the American League Cy Young Award twice, getting 27 of a possible 28 first-place votes for his 23-6, 2.16 ERA season. He also won the award in the Royals World Championship season of 1985.