IN THE NEWS: The Orioles Pat Dobson pitches a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants, winning 2–0. It is the first no-hitter in Japanese-American exhibition history. The Orioles compile a record of 12-2-4 on the tour.
IN THE NEWS: Joe Torre, who hit 24 home runs for the Cardinals and led the NL in RBI (137) and batting (.363), wins the MVP Award over Willie Stargell (48, 125, .295). Torre receives 318 points to Stargell's 222.
Vida Blue adds the AL MVP to his list of awards for 1971, easily outpointing teammate Sal Bando 268-182. He is the last switch hitter this century to win the MVP.
IN THE NEWS: C-IF Earl Williams, who belted 33 home runs and knocked in 87 runs for the Braves, wins the NL Rookie of the Year honors. Williams gets 18 of 24 votes, with the others going to Phillie Willie Montanez.
IN THE NEWS: In a blockbuster interstate trade good for both teams, the Dodgers send Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, Mike Strahler, Bobby Valentine and Bill Grabarkewitz to the Angels in exchange for Andy Messersmith, and Ken McMullen, who returns to the team that signed him. The 37-year-old Robinson will play 147 games, hitting 30 homers and driving in 97 runs in '73, and Singer will combine with Nolan Ryan in 1973 to strike out 674 batters, a 20th Century major-league record for two teammates. Messersmith will win 39 games in the next two seasons for the Dodgers and finish 2nd in the Cy Young voting in 1974.