The Yankees trade two-time MVP Roger Maris to the Cardinals for third baseman Charley Smith. The former New York outfielder will play a key role in the Cards’ World Championship next season and will help the club win another pennant the following year, while New York’s newest infielder will hit only .224 during his two-year tenure in New York.
Bob Gibson (22-9, 268 strikeouts, 1.12 ERA) wins the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award, edging out Reds infielder Pete Rose. The Cards’ right-hander was also the unanimous winner of the NL Cy Young Award when he garnered all 20 of the first-place votes cast by the BBWAA.
After playing Class-A ball for one year, Albert Pujols (.329, 37, 130), is named the National League Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA. The Cardinal freshman set NL rookie marks for RBIs (130), total bases (360), and extra-base hits (88), and fell just one home run shy of tying the National League rookie record of 38, established by Frank Robinson in 1956 as a member of the Reds.
Joining Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson, Darryl Kile will become the third player to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot before the mandatory five-year waiting period. The 33-year-old Cardinal pitcher, who died of heart disease, was found dead in his Chicago hotel room in June.
With a two-run homer in the Cardinals’ 9-0 victory over Cincinnati, Rip Collins establishes a National League record when he blasts his league-leading 35th home run of the season as a switch hitter. The 30-year-old first baseman’s mark will not be broken until Howard Johnson goes deep from both sides of the plate 36 times in 1987 for the Mets.