1953 January

8th  The Cleveland Indians bar night games with the Browns due to St. Louis owner Bill Veeck’s refusal to share receipts of the telecasts.

17th  The Dodgers sell Wisconsin native Andy Pafko to the Braves for Roy Hartsfield and $50,000. The veteran Pafko hit .287 for Brooklyn and will up that by 10 points in Milwaukee.

Martin Aarjan Jole, a Dutch player, gets a tryout with a Reds farm club in Columbia, SC. The 22-year-old, reputed to be a power hitter, wrote to Rogers Hornsby, the new Reds manager, asking for a tryout.

19th The Augusta, GA club (South Atlantic League) announces that it is changing its nickname from the Tigers to the Ikes. Because of fans nixing the presidential name, it will changed again on February 9 to the Rams.

21st  The Hall of Fame passes over Joe DiMaggio in his first year of eligibility and elects P Dizzy Dean and OF Al Simmons to Cooperstown. Dean gathers 209 votes while Simmons’ total of 199 is one more than needed. Also joining DiMag, who finished 8th in the voting, are in order Bill Terry, Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville, Dazzy Vance, Ted Lyons, Chief Bender (9th) and Gabby Hartnett (10th). All will eventually make it.

22nd  U.S. Immigration Commissioner Mackey warns that alien players who jump U.S. pro contracts face deportation under the McCarran-Walter Act.

27th In another deal that GM Lane pulls over the protests of Paul Richards, the White Sox send slugging 1B Eddie Robinson along with OF Ed McGhee and SS Joe DeMaestri to the A’s for two-time batting champ Ferris Fain and infielder Robert Wilson.

28th  Owner Fred Saigh of the Cardinals is found guilty of income tax evasion and is sentenced to a 15-month jail term. He plans to sell the club. Cardinal Vice President W. Walsingham, Jr., is the acting president until Saigh can divest himself of his stock.

30th  The Little League names Peter J. McGovern as its first full-time president. Its office is moved to Williamsport, PA.

31st  New York, Cleveland, and Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games. Veeck takes his plan to the AL office to make them pay. The plan is rejected.