1951 November

1st  The NL votes Brooklyn C Roy Campanella the league’s MVP for what will be the first of 3 such awards.

2nd  The National Labor Relations Board files unfair labor practices charges against the Indians on a claim the club fired a ticket seller at the union’s request. This is the first case against baseball under the Taft-Hartley Act.

6th  Dodgers President Walter O’Malley denies the farm system constitutes a monopoly. He cites the Dodgers’ deficit in 1950.

7th  Representative Emanuel Celler’s committee issues financial data from 1945-49 that differs with Walter O’Malley’s numbers. According to Celler, the Dodgers made a profit of 2.364 million dollars from 1945-49; the Dodgers’ “loss” of $129,318 in 1950 included a $167,000 loss due to the promotion of the Brooklyn Dodgers professional football team. In his continuing investigation into antitrust violations, Celler says that evidence in his committee suggests altering the reserve clause in that it does limit players.

8th  Catcher Yogi Berra of the NY Yankees wins the first of his 3 MVP awards, edging out Browns pitcher Ned Garver. Initially, Garver was phoned and told that he had won the award, but a recount showed that Yogi was the winner with Garver in second.

The White Sox send P Randy Gumpert and OF Don Lenhardt to the Red Sox for P Chuck Stobbs and infielder Mel Hoderlein.

10th in Tokyo, 50,000 fans are on hand as an American all-star team battles a Central League all-star team. Joe DiMaggio hits a 400 ft. HR in the 8th inning to tie the game at 1–1, then his brother Dom laces an RBI-triple in the 9th and scores to give the Americans a 3–2 victory. The Americans have won 12 games and tied one.

13th  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.

15th  The baseball writers name Gil McDougald as AL Rookie of the Year. The White Sox object to McDougald’s accolade, offering the statistical accomplishments of their superlative rookie, Minnie Minoso. McDougald garners 13 votes to Minoso’s 11, but in the MVP voting, Minnie will get 120 votes (4th place) while Gil will get 63 (9th place).

In a game that starts at 11 p.m. in Honolulu and finishes in the next morning a team of Hawaiian semi-pros defeats Lefty O’Doul’s All-stars, 8-6. the game gets a late start because Joe and Dom DiMaggio, Mel Parnell and Ferris Fain are late because of engine trouble with their plane. Eddie Lopat allows four runs in one inning, while Bobby Shantz and Bill Werle each allow two runs in two inning apiece. Mel Parnell is not scored upon in his one inning of work. Joe DiMaggio fans on three pitches in his one plate appearance. (as noted by Mike Lynch).

18th  Former Cub 1B and future TV star of The Rifleman Chuck Connors is the first player to oppose the ML draft. Currently the 1B of the LA Angels (PCL), Connors wants to stay in California, instead of going to whatever team might draft him for the ML. The PCL views his refusal in a positive manner, allowing them to ask higher prices for players than what the ML usually offers.

23rd The Yankees send young C Clint Courtney to the Browns for P Jim McDonald. Courtney, the first major league catcher to wear glasses, appeared in one game for New York.

27th The Browns send C Sherm Lollar, P Al Widmar, and infielder Tommy Upton to the White Sox for C Gus Niarhos, P Dick Littlefield, 1B Gordy Goldsberry, Joe DeMaestri, and OF Jim Rivera. Rivera, a favorite of Browns manager Hornsby, who managed the Seattle Raniers last season where Rivera won the MVP of the PCL. Rivera, who served five years in prison on rape charges, will return to the Sox in 8 months after Hornsby is fired.

28th  The Browns trade C Gus Niarhos, acquired yesterday, to Boston for catcher Les Moss and Tom Wright. The team also signs SS Marty Marion, former Cardinal manager.