4th The Dodgers buy a 44-passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000, which they will use to transport the club during the season. They are the first team to own their own plane.
5th Jackie Robinson retires, voiding the December deal with the Giants.
10th Commissioner Ford Frick rules that singer Bing Crosby can keep his “token” stock in the Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
15th The Brooklyn Dodgers extend their 5-year lease on Ebbets Field by signing a new 3-year lease with real estate developer Marvin Kratter, who bought the field in 1953.
26th Joseph F. Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as president of the Braves.
29th With the advent of coast-to-coast air travel, ML baseball weighs a plan for a player pool to be used in the event of an air disaster.