1969 February

2nd  Pitchers Stan Coveleski and Waite Hoyt are voted into the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

3rd  To show strength in their bid for a better pension plan, 125 players meet in New York City.

4th  Attorney Bowie Kuhn is a compromise choice for commissioner of baseball and is elected on a pro-tem basis.

21st  Ted Williams returns to baseball full-time, signing a 5-year contract to manage the Senators.

22nd  With a 45-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff, Sammy Ellis defeats Ken Harrelson to win the Professional Baseball Players Golf Championship. It is the second win for Ellis. Both had carded 306 for 72 holes on the Miami Springs Municipal golf course. George Culver finishes third with a 308, followed by Jim Hardin at 314 and Alvin Dark at 315.  Only 26 active players entered the tournament and crowds were down to 600 from previous years’ totals of several thousand, causing the City of Miami to reassess continuing the tournament.

25th  A pension plan for baseball is agreed on, with players to get $5.45 million per year. They also get a reduction in the years necessary to qualify for a pension from 5 to 4, retroactive to 1959; a percentage of television revenues; lowered minimum age for drawing a pension from 50 to 45; and other benefits.

28th  First baseman Donn Clendenon announces his retirement. It won’t last long.