1952 November

12th  The baseball writers name Philadelphia P Bobby Shantz as the AL MVP. He was 24-7 for the 79-75 A’s.

The White Sox place OF Jim Rivera on a one-year probation after he is cleared of a rape charge. Rivera claims that it was consensual.

19th  AL President Will Harridge says there will be greater fines for managers who use abusive language while arguing with umpires.

20th  In a controversial vote, the writers name Cubs slugger Hank Sauer as the NL MVP. The Cubs finished in 5th place, despite Sauer’s 37 HRs and 121 RBIs. “Yeah, I’m surprised,” says Hank. “But I can tell you this, I’m sure tickled pink. I thought maybe the other guy, Roberts, would win it.” Sauer has 226 points in the voting, while Robin Roberts is 2nd with 211, and Joe Black is 3rd with 208.

Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick states that he thinks the PCL will eventually reach ML status.

21st  Dodgers P Joe Black, who had a record of 15-4, is easily voted NL Rookie of the Year.

22nd  The writers vote Harry Byrd of the Athletics as the AL Rookie of the Year. Byrd, with 9 points, just beats out Clint Courtney with 8.

25th  The St. Louis Cardinals seek payment from the New York Giants for 2 televised games in an effort to determine the TV and radio rights of visiting teams for revenue.

28th  IL President Frank Shaughnessy reveals plans to form 2 new major leagues by merging the top teams in the American Association and the top teams from the International League. He thinks that in 5 to 6 years, ML baseball will elevate these two leagues, along with the Pacific Coast League, which nearly has ML status now.

30th  On a local TV program, Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson charges that the New York Yankee management is racist for its failure to bring up a black player. George Weiss of the Yanks denies the allegations.