» Oakland's Bob Welch wins the AL Cy Young Award. His 27 wins were the most in the majors since Steve Carlton in 1972.
» Dave Stewart, who went 9-5 for his hometown A's after being released by the Phillies in May, signs a 2-year contract with Oakland.
» Ryne Sandberg wins the NL MVP Award, becoming the first Cub to do so since Ernie Banks in 1959. Sandberg hit .314 with 19 home runs and 32 stolen bases and led the NL in runs (114) and triples (19).
» For the first time in history, 2 players share the MVP Award. The NL co-winners are Willie Stargell, the Pirates spiritual leader, who batted .281 with 32 HRs; and the Cardinals Keith Hernandez, who led the NL in runs (116), doubles (48), and batting (.344).
» Luis Tiant, formerly of the Red Sox, becomes the first to sign with a new club following the reentry draft. The pitching star joins the Yankees.
» The Dodgers Steve Garvey wins the NL MVP Award with a .312 BA, 21 HRs, and 111 RBI.
» Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win the NL MVP award.
» Following a meeting of NL owners, President Warren Giles says the league will not stand in the way of AL expansion to Seattle and Kansas City.
Mayor Robert Wagner of New York announces preliminary plans for a 3rd ML. Chairman William Shea, of what will become the Continental League, says it is apparent that the NL is going to ignore New York City. He implies that the new league will be free to raid ML rosters.
Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio, Ferris Fain, and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to a Pacific League all-star team--only the 2nd time since 1922 that an American professional team has lost to Japan, and the first time to professional players.
» Bucky Harris, who had been "Boy Manager" of the 1924 and 1925 AL champion Senators, is hired back by Washington to replace youthful Joe Cronin, who has been sold to Boston.
» Jacob Ruppert, Yankee owner, buys the Newark franchise in the International League. During the decade the Bears will dominate the league and send a steady stream of players to New York.
At the NL meetings, President Young announces that the Temple Cup Series has been discontinued, and that there will be 2 umpires per game next year.