After being hit by enemy fire during a combat mission, Ted Williams safely crash lands his Panther jet at the Suwon’s K-13 Airbase in Korea, skidding along the air strip for nearly a mile before coming to a stop. The plane is a total wreck, but the Marine reservist, who quickly evacuates the burning aircraft, suffers only minor injuries
In a unanimous vote, 21-year-old Reds rookie Frank Robinson is selected as the National League Rookie of the Year. The All-Star starting left fielder, who was not on Cincinnati’s roster in spring training, hit 38 home runs, tying Wally Berger’s 1930 record for the most homers by a first-year player.
In a controversial vote, Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle edges out Red Sox superstar Ted Williams to win the American League MVP. In spite of Williams leading the league with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging average, two Chicago writers still list him in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.