1968 December

3rd  Robert E. Short, Democratic National Committee treasurer, buys the Senators for $10 million. Jim Lemon will retain 15–20 percent.

      The Baseball Rules Committee moves to increase offense with new measures to lower the pitching mound, shrink the strike zone, and enforce rules against illegal pitches.

4thThe Dodgers trade P Mike Kekich (2–10) to the Yankees for OF Andy Kosco.

      The Astros trade 3B Bob Aspromonte, who lost his job to Doug Rader, to the Braves for infielder Orlando Martinez.  Aspro was the last original Colt 45 on Houston’s roster, and when he retires, he will be the last original Brooklyn Dodger.

      Houston also swaps P Mike Cuellar, and infielders Elijah Johnson and Enzo Hernandez to the Orioles for outfielders Curt Blefary and John Mason. Cuellar, 811 this past season, will average 20 wins a year for 5 years in Baltimore. Except for the Frank Robinson trade, this ranks as the best for the O’s.

6th  William Eckert resigns as commissioner.

12th  The Kansas City Royals complete their first trade, sending P Hoyt Wilhelm to the Angels for 2 outfielder/catchers, Ed Kirkpatrick and Dennis Paepke.

15thThe Dodgers send C Jim Campanis, son of Dodger executive Al, to the Royals for 2 minor leaguers.

17th  The owners announce they will increase contributions to the players’ pension fund by $1 million to $5.1 million per year. Players vote down the proposal 491–7.