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 September 15, 1950, Johnny Mize of the Yankees set a major league record by hitting three home runs in a game for the sixth time. In spite of Mize’s six RBIs, the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 9-7.