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 1, 1975, Tom Seaver became the first major league pitcher to reach the 200-strikeout plateau in eight consecutive seasons. The New York Mets’ ace struck out Manny Sanguillen of the Pirates to reach the milestone.