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 April 17, 1934, Casey Stengel makes his managerial debut as the Brooklyn Dodgers take on the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. Stengel, who will gain far more fame as the skipper of the New York Yankees, loses his first game, 8-7.