Ralph Branca becomes the youngest pitcher to win twenty games in the National League. The 21-year-old Dodger right-hander, who finishes the season with 21 victories, reaches the plateau in his third attempt when Brooklyn beats the Cardinals at Sportsman's Park, 4-3.
Dodger Chuck Churn, the winner of only three major league career games, ends Elroy Face's consecutive-victory streak at 22 with a 5-4 decision over the Pirates. The 31-year-old All-Star reliever finishes the season with an 18-1 (.947) record for the fourth-place Bucs.
In his first major league at-bat, John Miller hits a round-tripper off Lee Stange in the second inning of the Yankees' 4-2 victory over Boston at Fenway Park. The 22-year-old outfielder, whose total of 10 hits in his 32 big-league games includes two home runs, becomes the second player, joining Paul Gillespie, to hit a homer in his first and last plate appearance, going deep as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in his final turn at-bat in 1969.
Kevin Malone is named the Dodgers' general manager, replacing Tommy Lasorda, who becomes the team's senior vice president. The "new sheriff in town" tenure in Los Angeles features high-profile players signing huge contracts, including Kevin Brown's seven-year deal making the right-hander the first $100 million man in baseball.