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 Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Harvey Haddix.
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On June 19, 1903, Lou Gehrig is born in New York City. The “Iron Horse” will make his major league debut with the New York Yankees in 1923. He will eventually become New York’s everyday first baseman, replacing Wally Pipp…