1971 November

2nd  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.

10th  Joe Torre, who hit 24 HRs 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.

Pitcher 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.

20th  TSN announces Gold Glove fielding teams. Among newcomers are OF Amos Otis in the AL and Bobby Bonds in the NL.

22nd  Indians 1B Chris Chambliss outpolls 4 other vote-getters to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award. Chambliss, who batted .275 in 111 games, receives 11 of 24 votes.

23rd  Danny Murtaugh, manager of the World Champion Pirates, announces his retirement for health reasons. Bill Virdon is named to replace him.

24th  C-IF Earl Williams, who belted 33 HRs 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.

28thIn 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 ML record for 2 teammates. Messersmith will win 39 games in the next 2 seasons for the Dodgers and finish 2nd in the Cy Young voting in 1974.

29th  In 3 blockbuster deals, the Cubs trade pitcher Ken Holtzman to the A’s for OF Rick Monday; the Giants trade pitcher Gaylord Perry and SS Frank Duffy to the Indians for pitcher Sam McDowell; and the Reds trade 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms, and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for 2B Joe Morgan, OF Cesar Geronimo, and pitcher Jack Billingham. This trade, criticized in the Cincinnati press, is one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the big Red Machine, as future Hall of Famer Morgan will win 2 MVPs.

30th  The Twins trade SS Leo Cardenas to the Angels for pitcher Dave LaRoche.