December 23, 1953 Jim ‘Junior’ Gilliam (.278, …

December 23, 1953

Jim ‘Junior’ Gilliam (.278, 6, 63) wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The Dodger second baseman, who hit a circuit-best 17 triples while leading the league with 710 plate appearances, easily beats out Harvey Haddix and Ray Jablonski for the freshman honor.