1959 February

1st  Zack Wheat, Dodger favorite of the teens and twenties, is unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the 11-member veterans committee.

7th  White Sox President Mrs. Dorothy Rigney agrees to sell the team to Bill Veeck for a reported $2.7 million. Chicago insurance broker Charles O. Finley allows that he can match the price. Charles Comiskey will try and stop Veeck from buying the Sox but will be unsuccessful.

9th  Frank D. Lawrence, owner of the Portsmouth, VA, club, files a $250,000 suit against Commissioner Ford Frick and ML baseball for breach of contract, alleging that broadcasts of ML games effectively forced him out of business.

14th The Orioles purchase veteran 1B Whitey Lockman from the San Francisco Giants, then trade him to the Reds in June for 1B Walt Dropo.

15th In the 20th annual National Baseball Players’ golf championship in Miami, Eddie Kasko defeats Albie Pearson, the defending champion, on the 19th hole to win. Pearson won last year on the 19th hole. Kasko reached the semifinals by defeating three-time winner Alvin Dark on the 19th hole and then beat White Sox manager Al Lopez in the morning match, 2-1, to reach the finals. Pearson beat another defending champ, Jim Hearn, to reach the finals. Kasko says he learned to play golf in the army.

17th  The Yankees invite Australian cricket player Norman O’Neill for a tryout at SS. U.S. Davis Cup captain Billy Talbert, while playing tennis in Australia, arranges the deal after hearing of O’Neill’s prowess.