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 December 6, 1960, the American League awards an expansion franchise to a group headed by movie legend Gene Autry and former football star Bob Reynolds. The newly created Los Angeles Angels will begin play in 1961.