Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente wins his 12th straight Gold Glove, and Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Wes Parker captures his sixth Gold Glove in a row. Neither will play in 1973 as Parker retired from Major League Baseball and Clemente died in a plane crash.
The Brooklyn Dodgers sign the relatively unknown Walter Alston to a one-year pact as their manager for 1954. He would go on to sign 23 consecutive one-year contracts with the Dodgers. Alston led Dodgers teams to seven National League pennants and four world championships.
Bill Singer of the Dodgers pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-0 victory at Los Angeles. Pitching in an era of some crazy nicknames, his included “Sing Sing,” “Billy No-No” and “The Singer Throwing Machine.”