2nd The Phillies Steve Carlton outpoints the Dodgers Tommy John to win his 2nd Cy Young Award. Carlton led the NL with 23 wins, losing 10, and posting a 2.64 ERA.
4th The 2nd reentry free-agent draft is held at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Big names include Lyman Bostock, Goose Gossage, Larry Hisle, Mike Torrez, and Oscar Gamble. Torrez will sign with Boston on November 23.
8th Free agent Richie Zisk, formerly of the White Sox, signs a 10-year $2.3 million contract with the Rangers.
9th The Reds George Foster wins the NL MVP Award. Foster batted .320 and led the league in HRs (52), RBI (149), runs (124), total bases (388), and slugging (.631).
16th Rod Carew wins the AL MVP award. The Twins 1B led the league in runs (128), hits (239), triples (16), and batting (.388).
21st The Orioles Eddie Murray is named AL Rookie of the Year. Murray garners 12 1/2 points to beat out runner-up Mitchell Page of Oakland, who polled 9 1/2 votes.
22nd Montreal’s Andre Dawson wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award by one vote over New York’s Steve Henderson.
Not feeling particularly sparky? The Yankees ink free-agent closer Goose Gossage, who was 11-9, 1.62 ERA in his one season with the Pirates. The signing angers Sparky Lyle, who vents in public. Lyle will serve mostly in middle relief for the next season before being traded to Texas.
27th The Toronto Blue Jays trade Alan Ashby to the Astros for Joe Cannon, Pedro Hernandez and Mark Lemongello. Ashby will play 11 seasons in Houston, while Cannon and Hernandez will have two unproductive years in Toronto and Lemongello will sour with a 1-9 record in one season.
28th The Brewers sign free agent Jim Slaton, a year after trading him to the Tigers.