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Rookie of the Year Award from the Chronology
Nov 13, 2006 - Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins are named winners of the Rookie of the Year Award in the American and National League, respectively. Jonathan Papelbon and Ryan Zimmerman are runners-up.
Nov 7, 2005 - Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is named the NL Rookie of the Year. Howard hit 22 homers in 88 games filling in at first when Jim Thome was injured. The American League Rookie of the Year Award goes to Oakland closer Huston Street. It is the second straight year an Oakland player has won it. Five AL rookies got first place votes.
Nov 20, 2001 - Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners is named the AL Most Valuable Player. He becomes the second player in history to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same season.
Nov 6, 2000 - Mariners relief P Kazuhiro Sasaki wins the AL Rookie of the Year award. He is the second-oldest player to ever win rookie honors; only Sam Jethroe who played in the Negro Leagues before the Braves was older.
Nov 6, 1998 - Cubs fireballer Kerry Wood with a 13-6 record wins the NL Rookie of the Year award. Wood held batters to a NL best .196 average and was 3rd in the NL in strikeouts with 233 in just 166 2/3 innings.
Nov 22, 1992 - The AL names Milwaukee SS Pat Listach the Rookie of the Year. Listach was recalled on April 7 to replace the injured Bill Spiers and hit .290. He was the first Brewer to steal 50 bases in a season.
Nov 8, 1989 - Cubs OF Jerome Walton wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award collecting 22 of 24 first-place votes to defeat teammate Dwight Smith. They are the first NL teammates to finish 1-2 in the voting since the Phillies Jack Sanford and Ed Bouchee in 1957. Walton is the first Cub to win rookie honors since Billy Williams in 1961.
Nov 3, 1987 - Oakland 1B Mark McGwire wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award now called the Jackie Robinson Award joining Carlton Fisk (1972) as the only player to win that league's award unanimously. McGwire set a rookie record with 49 homers and was the first rookie to lead the majors in homers since Al Rosen in 1950.
Nov 24, 1986 - Cardinals reliever Todd Worrell‚ who led the NL with 36 saves‚ is named NL Rookie of the Year. Worrell had helped St. Louis to the 1985 World Series as a late-season call-up but was still a rookie as defined by the BBWAA.
Dec 6, 1984 - The White Sox trade 1983 AL Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt and 2 minor leaguers to the Padres for P Tim Lollar‚ IF-OF Luis Salazar‚ and minor leaguers Ozzie Guillen and Bill Long. SS Guillen will win the AL Rookie of the Year Award next season and hold down the Sox shortstop spot till the end of the 1990s. Workhorse Hoyt will be out of baseball in two years‚ amidst rumors of drug use.
Nov 20, 1984 - Four days after his 20th birthday‚ Mets P Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest player ever to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Gooden was 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA and a ML-leading 276 strikeouts.
Nov 22, 1983 - White Sox OF Ron Kittle‚ who hit .254 with 35 HRs and 100 RBI‚ but also struck out a league-leading 150 times‚ wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Cleveland's Julio Franco and Baltimore's Mike Boddicker finish 2nd and 3rd.
Nov 15, 1983 - Cal Ripken, Jr. is named MVP of the AL‚ edging Orioles teammate Eddie Murray. Ripken hit .318 and led the league in hits (211) and runs (111) while playing every inning of every game‚ and is the first player ever to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP Awards in consecutive seasons.
Mar 24, 1982 - Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Dodgers' spring training camp in Vero Beach Florida. After earning just $42500 while winning the NL Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards last season the 21-year-old lefthander had asked for a raise to $1 million in 1982. The Dodgers unilaterally renewed his contract for a reported $350000 instead.
Dec 9, 1981 - The Dodgers trade 1979 Rookie of the Year Rick Sutcliffe‚ unhappy with his exile to the Dodger bullpen‚ and infielder Jack Perconte to the Indians for OF Jorge Orta. Orta will hit just .217 for the Dodgers next season‚ while Sutcliffe will lead the AL in ERA.
Mar 8, 1980 - While waiting for the team bus outside his hotel during the Cleveland Indians 3-game exhibition series against the Mexico City Reds‚ a crazed fan wielding a ballpoint pen stabs rookie OF Joe Charboneau. The pen penetrates one inch and strikes a rib‚ sidelining Charboneau for 4 days‚ but he will recover to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.
Nov 26, 1979 - 3B John Castino‚ who batted .285 for the Twins‚ and SS Alfredo Griffin‚ who hit .287 for the Blue Jays‚ tie for the AL Rookie of the Year Award‚ each receiving 7 of the 28 votes. The two rookies share one other distinction: both of them hit their first ML homers inside-the-park. The deadlock precipitates a change in the voting system‚ effective in 1980.
Nov 21, 1972 - Boston's Carlton Fisk is the unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year‚ the first time this has happened. The catcher hit 22 HRs and led the AL East with a .293 average. Jon Matlack of the Mets is named the NL Rookie of the Year.
Nov 24, 1971 - C-INF Earl Williams‚ who belted 33 HRs and knocked in 87 runs for the Braves‚ wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Williams gets 18 of 24 votes‚ with the others going to the Phillies Willie Montanez.
Nov 27, 1970 - Carl Morton‚ who was 18-11 for the last-place Expos‚ receives the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Morton beats out Reds OF Bernie Carbo‚ 11 votes to 8. Both Rookies of the Year will be dead by 1983.
Jan 17, 1970 - Major league teams select a record 357 players in the January phase of the annual free-agent draft. Some notable choices: Cleveland spends the top pick on first baseman Chris Chambliss‚ and San Francisco chooses shortstop Chris Speier. Both Chambliss and Speier will star in the major leagues in 1971. Chambliss will win the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award; the rangey (4.85 chances per game) Speier will help to stablize the infield for the N.L. Western division champion San Francisco Giants. In the first round, the Yankees pick one of the gems of the draft but Fred Lynn decides not to sign with them.
Nov 22, 1968 - Cincinnati C Johnny Bench is named NL Rookie of the Year‚ getting 10 1/2 votes to edge out New York's Jerry Koosman who had 9 1/2. One voter splits his vote giving a half vote to each. Bench is the 3rd Reds' player in 6 years to be named the top rookie.
Nov 23, 1966 - Chicago OF Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of the Year‚ gathering 16 of the 18 votes. Kansas City P Jim Nash gets the other 2. Agee had been brought up briefly the past 4 seasons before finding a permanent spot this year.
Dec 7, 1957 - The AP votes Tony Kubek of the Yanks as the Rookie of the Year . Frank Malzone of the Red Sox‚ who was declared ineligible‚ receives one vote. Malzone‚ with better offensive numbers‚ will later claim that he was robbed by New York writers‚ when the BBWA changes the minimum number of at-bats during the season‚ thus excluding him.
Dec 1, 1956 - Cincinnati slugger Frank Robinson is unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. White Sox SS Luis Aparicio is voted AL Rookie of the Year with 22 points‚ beating out Orioles OF Tito Francona and Indian Rocky Colavito.
Nov 21, 1956 - Don Newcombe‚ who won the 1949 Rookie of the Year Award‚ wins the NL MVP and the first-ever Cy Young Award. Newcombe gets 223 points for MVP‚ easily outdistancing Sal Maglie with 183 points. Newk gets 10 votes for the Cy Young Award‚ with Maglie picking up 4.