This Day In Sports History (November 20th) — Walter Payton
This Day In Sports History (November 21st) — Pete Rose
It was on this day in 1973 that Pete Rose was awarded the NL MVP. It was the only regular season MVP award he would earn during his Major League career.
Rose enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 1973, recording 230 hits and a .338 batting average (both league-highs) in 160 games played. Rose’s power numbers were not all that great, as he recorded only 5 home runs and 64 RBIs, but his leadership abilities and consistency at the plate helped the Reds finish the season strong and reach the NL Championship Series, where they would eventually lose to the Mets in five games.
In addition to winning his first, and only, NL MVP award, Rose would also earn his third batting championship and he would make his seventh of 17 career All-Star appearances during the 1973 season.
Here is Rose recording hit number 4192 of his career:
Troy Aikman, NFL – Born on November 21, 1966 (age 47) in West Covina, California
Ken Griffey, Jr., MLB – Born on November 21, 1969 (age 44) in Donora, Pennsylvania
Antonio Tarver, Boxing – Born on November 21, 1968 (age 45) in Orlando, Florida