On November 22, 1971 — Cleveland Indians first baseman Chris Chambliss receives 11 of 24 first place votes to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Chambliss began his professional baseball career in style, leading the American Association in hitting with a mark of .342 at Wichita in 1970. In so doing, he became the first player to lead that particular league in batting in his first pro season. After making his major league debut with the Indians on May 28 of the following year, Chambliss went on to bat .275, hit nine home runs, and drive in 48 runs over the season’s final four months to earn American League Rookie of the Year honors.
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