2nd The baseball writers select Phillies relief P Jim Konstanty as the NL’s MVP.
6th Branch Rickey signs a 5-year contract as executive vice president/GM with the Pirates.
8th The Baseball Writers Association of America announces that slugging 1B Walt Dropo of the Boston Red Sox is the Rookie of the Year in the AL.
Commissioner Happy Chandler and player reps agree on the split of the TV-radio rights from the WS.
9th The Associated Press chooses Phillie skipper Eddie Sawyer as Manager of the year.
The baseball writers name Sam Jethroe of the Boston Braves as the NL Rookie of the Year.
The White Sox release Luke Appling, who has been with the Sox since 1930, so he can become the manager of the Memphis Chicks (SA). He accepted the job with the Chicks on November 1. He’ll be named minor league manager of the year, by The Sporting News, in 1952.
10th After 9 years at the helm, the Indians fire their manager, Lou Boudreau, amid the howls of fan protest. Although Boudreau’s overall winning percentage is a moderate .529, he won 92 games in a 4th-place finish, his best showing since 97 in the championship year of l948. Al Lopez, who has piloted Minneapolis (AA) since l948, takes over with a 2-year contract.
16th League presidents Ford Frick and Will Harridge vote to deposit $950,000 received for WS TV-radio rights into the player’s pension fund.
20th Pirate GM Roy Hamey resigns to make way for Branch Rickey.
26th The Gillette Safety Razor Co. signs a 6-year deal, worth an estimated $6 million, with ML baseball for the TV-radio rights for the WS.
27th The Red Sox sign former Cleveland SS great Lou Boudreau as a player to a 2-year contract worth an estimated $150,000.
28th Having ousted Branch Rickey, Walter O’Malley now fires Burt Shotton as manager. Oakland (PCL) manager Chuck Dressen is his replacement.