3rd Cleveland trades OF Harvey Kuenn to San Francisco for OF Willie Kirkland and P Johnny Antonelli.
5th President Joe Cronin suggests that if the NL starts its new New York franchise in 1961, the AL will stay out of Los Angeles until 1962. The NL turned down the suggested compromise of November 22nd because Houston will not be ready in 1961.
6th A group headed by movie star Gene Autry and former football star Bob Reynolds is awarded the new AL Los Angeles Angels. Fred Haney will be GM. Finley withdraws his bid for Los Angeles and offers to purchase control of the Kansas City Athletics.
7th Detroit trades 2B Frank Bolling and a player to be named later (OF Neil Chrisley) to Milwaukee for OF Billy Bruton, 2B Chuck Cottier, C Dick Brown, and P Terry Fox.
14th The Angels and new Senators each select 28 players from a pool of AL talent. Among Los Angeles selections are P Dean Chance, SS Jim Fregosi, 1B Ted Kluszewski, and RF Albie Pearson. Washington selections include P Bobby Shantz, LF Chuck Hinton, OF Gene Woodling, and P Hal Woodeshick.
15th The Reds acquire pitchers Joey Jay and Juan Pizarro from the Braves for SS Roy McMillan and a player to be named later. Cincy then trades Pizarro and P Cal McLish to the White Sox for 3B Gene Freese. The 2 pitchers will win 24 games between them for the Sox in 1961, while Freese will have one good year in Cincy.
The biggest trade in history? The Phils lose more than 2 1/2 inches when they acquire P Frank Sullivan from the Red Sox for 6′ 9″ Gene Conley. In the next 2 years, Conley will win 26 games for the Sox, the 3rd Boston team he will play for: Conley started with the Boston Braves in their last year before moving to Milwaukee, and played several seasons with the Celtics as Bill Russell’s backup.
20th Charlie Finley buys the 52 percent of the A’s in the late Arnold Johnson’s estate.
21st Cubs owner P. K. Wrigley says Chicago will have no manager, but will use a college of coaches.
23rd Rip Collins is added to Chicago’s college of coaches.