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 19, 1931, Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia A’s wins his 30th game of the season. The future Hall of Famer shuts down the Chicago White Sox, 2-1. Grove will finish the season with a league-leading 31 victories.