The Yankees trade two-time MVP Roger Maris to the Cardinals for third baseman Charley Smith. The former Bronx Bomber outfielder will play a key role in the Redbirds' World Championship next season and will help the club win another pennant the following year, while New York's newest infielder will hit only .224 during his two-year tenure in New York.
Dr. Bobby Brown, a former Yankee infielder, is elected by the owners to be the president of the American League. Replacing Lee MacPhail, the heart specialist will serve in the post until 1994.
Receiving 10 of a possible 12 votes (83.3%), Joe Gordon is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. The 1942 Most Valuable Player, who played second base for the Yankees and Indians, was a nine-time All-Star and played on five World Series champion teams.
As a result of a three-team, seven-player deal, Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson leave the Tigers to play for the Yankees and Diamondbacks, respectively, and New York right-hander Ian Kennedy is dealt to Arizona. The Bronx Bombers also send Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to Detroit and the D-Backs deal Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to Detroit.