Nov. 26, 1975: Some thought Mike Trout would do it, but he came up short. Ichiro Suzuki did do it, but with a slight asterisk (he was a 27-year-old Japanese-league star at the time).
Which means, on this day 37 years ago, Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn did something almost unique: The 23-year-old Southern Californian became the first player ever to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the same season.
Lynn's line for the year: A league-high 103 runs, 47 doubles, .566 slugging percentage and .967 OPS, along ith 21 homers, 105 RBIs, a .331 batting average and .401 on-base percentage. Lynn also helped the Sox beat the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS before they fell to the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.
Lynn never won MVP again -- nor, you know, Rookie of the Year -- but made nine consecutive All-Star teams (including in 1975) while with the Red Sox and California Angels.