1st The Tigers bring back P Virgil Trucks in a trade with the White Sox for 3B Bubba Phillips
5th The Cardinals buy 41-year-old Ellis Kinder from the Bosox. He will team up with the like-aged Walker Cooper to form just the second 40+ battery. Curt Davis and Clyde Sukeforth, in 1945, are the other duo.
Little League founder Carl Stotz plans to set up a rival Little League of his own.
8th Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins his third NL MVP, matching the record of Stan Musial. Campy just beats out teammate Duke Snider, 226-221, but a clerical error, discovered later by Sid Keener of The Sporting News, may have cost Snider a share of the award. Campy is named on all 24 ballots cast, while Duke is named on 23. But on the ballot that fails to mention Snider, Campy is listed twice—for 1st place and 6th place. If the ballot is invalidated, Snider wins; if the assumption is made that the writer made an error and meant to vote Snider in 6th place, the two teammates tie at 226 points apiece.
In the American League, Yankee catcher Yogi Berra wins his second straight MVP award.
Two days after the death of Cy Young at the age of 88, Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 81, dies in Carnegie, PA.
9th The Dodgers send OF Walt Moryn, Don Hoak and P Russ Meyer to the Cubs for P Don Elston, 3B Ransom Jackson. Brooklyn expects Jackson to take over 3B from the ageing Jackie Robinson. Meyer has the best record in history against the Cubs, at one point going 22-1 against them.
The Phils purchase veteran CF Frankie Baumholtz from the Cubs. Frankie will play in 76 games next year without an extra base hit, a NL record that will be topped. Red Sox Mike McNally, in 1916, played in 87 games without an long hit, a record Luis Gomez will break in 1989 (as noted by Lee Sinins).
The Reds trade pitcher Frank Smith to the Cards for 3B Ray Jablonski.
15th The Cards sign C Walker Cooper who started his career with St. Louis in 1940.