Heinie Manush, after just his fourth season in the big leagues, is traded by the Tigers, along with first baseman Lu Blue, to the Browns for hurler Elam Vangilder, infielder Chick Galloway and outfielder Harry Rice. In 2,008 career games, Manush, a future Hall of Fame outfielder, collects 2,524 hits to finish his 17-year career with a .330 lifetime batting average.
Giants' skipper Bill Terry is named as the team's new general manager. Mel Ott, a future Hall of Famer, will serve as New York's player/manager for the next seven years, but the club will never finish above third place.
Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial is named the National League Most Valuable Player. 'Stan the Man' led the NL in hitting with a .376 batting average and 131 RBIs, but just misses the Triple Crown when his 39 home runs is one round-tripper less than the totals hit by Johnny Mize and Ralph Kiner, the league's leaders.
Commissioner Ford Frick plans to take action against Jackie Robinson. Two days ago, the Dodger infielder called the Yankees a racist organization for its failure to promote a black to the parent club.
The Indians trade first baseman Vic Wertz and flycatcher Gary Geiger to the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Jimmy Piersall. The Tribe also trades the 1954 American League batting champ Bobby Avila to the Orioles for minor league hurler Russ Heman and $30,000.
The major league rules committee bans the use of oversized catcher gloves, starting with the 1965 season. The larger catcher mitt was devised in 1960 by Orioles manager Paul Richards to help his backstops catch Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball.
The Pacific Coast League expands to 12 teams when the Indianapolis and Little Rock franchises move from the International League to join the circuit. The IL will now operate with only one division consisting of eight clubs.
The Cubs trade pitcher Lindy McDaniel and outfielder Don Landrum to the Giants for catcher Randy Hundley and pitcher Bill Hands. Chicago's new acquisitions will both play a major role in rebuilding the 'lovable losers' into contenders later in the decade.
The Mets sign Pirates' free-agent Bobby Bonilla to a $29 million, five-year deal. The 28-year old highly touted outfielder will hit only .249 during the first year of his contract for an under-achieving New York club.
Mets free-agent Eddie Murray (.285, 27, 100) leaves New York to sign with the Indians. The future Hall of Famer hit .274 and averaged 96.5 RBIs during his two seasons in the Big Apple.
The Marlins continue to slash their payroll by dealing Gold Glove second baseman Luis Castillo to the Twins. In return for the switch-hitter, Florida gets a pair of right-handed pitching prospects, Travis Bowyer and Scott Tyler.
Ted Rogers, owner of the Blue Jays since 2000, dies at home at the age of 75. The media magnate, who was treated for an existing heart condition in the fall, had turned over his corporate duties to Alan Horn, Rogers Communications chairman and acting chief executive officer.
Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon says the new ballpark's name will remain Citi Field regardless of the suggestion of two New York City councilmen who think the name should be changed to Citi/Taxpayer Field due to the government's bailout of the struggling financial institution. Citigroup is paying the franchise $400 million over 20 years for naming rights to the stadium.
In a ceremony at the home of Consul General of Japan, former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda is honored for his contributions to Japanese baseball. The Hall of Famer receives the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette medal on behalf of the emperor for his work with players and teams in this Asian nation since 1965.
The Braves and left-hander Billy Wagner come to terms on a $7 million, one-year deal for the southpaw to become the club's closer, replacing Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez. The six-time All-Star, who missed most of last season due to elbow surgery, was traded by the Mets to the Red Sox in late August after the reliever showed he still has a live fastball in his initial appearance off the disabled list in New York.
The Dodgers announce 81-year old broadcaster Vin Scully will continue to do play-by-play for the team in 2010. The Hall of Fame announcer started calling games for the club when 'Dem Bums' still played in Brooklyn sixty years ago.