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.”
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.
Rogers Hornsby, brought up a week earlier from Class D Denison (Western Association), makes his MLB debut for the Cardinals. Trailing the Reds, 7 – 0, after six innings, Hornsby goes in to play SS and goes hitless.
Lee Smith became the all-time saves leader as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-7. Smith got his 358th save, passing Jeff Reardon of the Cincinnati Reds. Smith’s Hall of Fame career will end with 478 saves.