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.
Willie Mays of the Giants, with 52HRs and 112 RBI, is named National League Most Valuable Player. Mays has 224 votes to 177 for Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers, who had a 2.04 ERA, won 26 games, and struck out 382.
With only one Cy Young Award given for the two leagues, Whitey Ford of the Yankees, the American League leader in wins (25) and innings (283), gets the honor ahead of Warren Spahn of the Braves, who led the National League with 21 wins and a 3.02 ERA.
1997 In an unprecedented move, Davey Johnson resigns the same day he is named AL Manager of the Year. Despite the fact that Johnson ended the Orioles 13-year playoff drought in 1996 and led them to the league’s best record in 1997, a dispute over $10,500 in fines of second baseman Roberto Alomar ends Johnson’s time in Baltimore.
1997 Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra is the 6th player to be unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year. Garciaparra led the league in hits (209), triples (11), and multi-hit games (68), while also setting the American League rookie record with a 30-game hitting streak.
1960 Baltimore Orioles shortstop, Ron Hansen, is voted AL Rookie of the Year, getting twenty-two of twenty-four votes. The other votes go to teammates Chuck Estrada and Jim Gentile. Hansen will spend 15 seasons in MLB, all of them in the American League.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, behind Pedro Guerrero’s 5 RBIs, beat the New York Yankees, 9-2, to win the World Series in six games. Manager Tommy Lasorda got his first World Series win in his fifth full season with the Dodgers after losing to the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.
Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. Perry earns the NL honor with a 21-6 record and a 2.72 ERA for the San Diego Padres. He had previously won the award in the AL in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians.