On December 23, 1953, James “Junior” Gilliam of the Brooklyn Dodgers wins the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award. Gilliam, who led the NL with 17 triples, beats out St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Harvey Haddix.
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On March 8, 1938, Lou Gehrig rejects the latest contract offer from the New York Yankees-a one-year deal worth $39,000. Four days later, Gehrig will agree to the same Yankee offer and end his spring training holdout.