2nd Steve Carlton caps off a remarkable season with a unanimous NL Cy Young Award.
The Mets trade pitchers Gary Gentry and Danny Frisella to the Braves for 2B Felix Millan and P George Stone, both of whom will contribute significantly to the Mets 1973 pennant.
Former Boston SS Freddy Parent dies at the age of 96. Parent had been the last surviving player from the first modern WS between Boston and Pittsburgh in 1903.
8th The Cards bring Tim McCarver back to St. Louis, sending Jorge Roque to Montreal in exchange.
15th The White Sox Dick Allen wins the AL MVP Award by an overwhelming margin over Joe Rudi of the A’s. Allen led the league in HRs (37), RBI (113), walks (99), and slugging (.603).
21st Boston’s Carlton Fisk is the unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year, the first time this has happened. The catcher hit 22 HRs and led the AL East with a .293 average. Jon Matlack of the Mets is named the NL Rookie of the Year.
The Cubs trade Bill North to the A’s for pitcher Bob Locker.
22nd Johnny Bench wins the NL MVP with 263 votes to 211 for runner-up Billy Williams. It is Bench’s 2nd award in 3 years.
24th The Yankees acquire veteran Matty Alou from the A’s for Rob Gardner and Rich McKinley. It is the 2nd time the Yankees have traded Gardner to the A’s for an Alou. Last year it was Felipe.
25th TSN announces Gold Glove Award winners. Pirate Roberto Clemente wins his 12th straight, and Dodger 1B Wes Parker his 6th in a row. Neither will play in 1973.
27th In a great trade for New York, the Indians swap 3B Graig Nettles and C Gerry Moses to the Yankees for C John Ellis, IF Jerry Kenney, and outfielders Charlie Spikes and Rusty Torres.
28th The Dodgers trade OF Frank Robinson, P Bill Singer, and 3 others to the Angels for P Andy Messersmith and 3B Ken McMullen.
30th Twelve transactions, involving 36 players, take place. Among those sent to new clubs are OF Larry Hisle (to the Twins), 2B Dave Johnson (Braves), OF Del Unser (Phils), Oscar Gamble (Indians), Cesar Tovar (Phils) and OF Hal McRae and P Wayne Simpson (Royals).