The NL votes down a proposal by Charlie Ebbets of Brooklyn to impose a limit of 2,000 seats that clubs can sell for 25 cents (equal to $6.25 in 2020). Boston has 10,000 such seats, St. Louis 9,000, Philadelphia 6,500 and Cincinnati 4,000.
Don Newcombe missed pitching complete games in a doubleheader for the Brooklyn Dodgers by leaving in the seventh inning of the second game trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0. Newcombe had won the first game 2-0.
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.
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).
Walter Alston played in his only MLB game, as a late-inning substitute at first base for Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals. He made one error in two chances and struck out his only time at bat. He would later manage the Dodgers for 23 years and be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Happy birthday to Sandy Koufax, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history, who was born on this day in 1935 (82 years ago). He is born in Brooklyn, and will go on to pitch for the hometown Dodgers. He pitched to a 9-10 record after being signed as a bonus baby, but his career exploded a few years after…
On a local TV program in New York city, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson charges that the New York Yankees management is racist for its failure to bring up a black player to the major league club. George Weiss of the Yanks denies the allegations.