Joe Cronin signs a seven-year deal to become the American League president. The former Red Sox infielder will remain in the post until 1973, when he will be succeeded by Lee MacPhail.
Houston voters approve financing for a domed stadium, removing the last hurdle to gaining a major league franchise for the Texas city. The Astrodome, the eighth wonder of the world, will be the result of today's approval and will serve as the Astros' home from 1965-1999.
One-time Indian infielder Joe Sewell, former Giants hurler Amos Rusie, and Al Lopez, as a manager of the White Sox, are elected to the Hall of Fame. Their selection to the Cooperstown shrine is made by the Veterans Committee.
The Astros sign free-agent second baseman Joe Morgan. Houston was the first major league team the two-time MVP played with before he was traded to Cincinnati, where he will become a cog in the Big Red Machine.
Future Hall of Famer Tony Perez signs a one-year contract with the Phillies. The veteran first baseman will hit .241, appearing in 91 games in his only season with Philadelphia, before returning to his first team, the Reds, for the final three years of his 23-year tenure in the major leagues.