On December 1, 1956 — Outfielder Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Red’s is unanimously voted the National League Rookie of the Year. In the American League, Chicago White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio is voted Rookie of the Year with 22 points, beating out Baltimore’s Tito Francona and Rocky Colavito of the Indians.

Robinson, who was not on the team’s roster in spring training. The 21-year-old rookie, was the NL’s starting All-Star left fielder, and he hit 38 home runs, tying Wally Berger’s 1930 record for the most home runs by a first-year player.


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