1964 February

2nd  The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee tabs Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, and Miller Huggins for induction, the biggest veterans class ever. Keefe and Ward were teammates and brothers-in-law, with Ward married to the famous actress Helen Dauvrey and Keefe married to her sister Clara Gibson.

15th  Cubs 2B Ken Hubbs, 22, dies when his private plane crashes near Provo, UT, while en route to Colton, CA. As a rookie in 1962, Hubbs had played in 78 consecutive games without making an error.

17th  Former White Sox SS Luke Appling is voted into the Hall of Fame by a special vote. In 1953, Appling’s first year of eligibility for Cooperstown, the Sox great received just 2 votes.

23rd  Charlie Finley gives in to AL pressure and signs a 4-year lease with the municipal government to keep the A’s in Kansas City. Finley wanted 2 years. His exasperated AL colleagues voted 9-1 that KC’s offer was reasonable.

      The San Francisco Giants sign P Masanori Murakami, 3B Tatsuhico Tanaka, and C Hiroshi Takahashi—the first Japanese ever to play for American teams. All 3 are assigned to the Magic Valley Cowboys (Pioneer League).

      For the second time, Albie Pearson wins the professional baseball players golf tourney at Miami’s LeJeune course, this time copping the crown by 7 strokes. The Angels outfielder shoots a 223 for 54 holes, with one day of play rained out. In second place is Ken Harrelson with 231 while Ralph Terry, who started the last round tied with Pearson, is third with a 234. Former Tiger star Roy Cullenbine wins in the inactive division with a 218.