1961 December

2nd  The ML clubs vote to curb bonuses. All first-year players not on ML rosters, except one minor leaguer, can be drafted by any other club for $8,000. Clubs are expected to be unwilling to pay large bonuses for players who will be subject to a draft for just $8,000.

8th  The Mets purchase OF Richie Ashburn from the Cubs for a reported $50,000.

13th  Mickey Mantle signs a 1962 contract for $82,000. Only Joe DiMaggio has been paid more by the Yankees.

14th  Roger Maris’ request for a $75,000 contract is denied by Yankee GM Roy Hamey. Hamey trades C Jess Gonder to the Reds for lefty Marshall Bridges.

15th  Charles Comiskey, Jr., sells his 46 percent interest in the White Sox to a group of 11 investors.

      The Braves send veteran minor league 3B Ed Charles, C Joe Azcue and Manny Jimenez to the Athletics for Bob Shaw and Lou Klimchock. With Mathews at 3B, Charles was expendable. He will hit .288 with 17 HRs in 1962, his rookie year.

      The Reds reacquire P Johnny Klippstein, along with OF Marty Keough, from the Senators. Washington gets C Bob Schmidt and P Don Stenhouse.

      The Mets continue spending, sending Lee Walls and $100,000 to the Dodgers for Charlie Neal. Neal, the 5th ex-Dodger on the roster, was downed by the measles in the spring and a knee spur later on.

18th  Bill DeWitt is elected president of the Reds, and Stanley Kess, chairman of the board.

26th  The Mets purchase reliever Howie Nunn (2–1, 3.55 ERA) from the Reds.