1959 January

13th  State Senator Joseph W. Cowgill introduces a bill to build a stadium in Camden to induce the nearby Phillies to move to New Jersey. This effort is based on statements by Phillies owner Bob Carpenter that he is thinking of moving the team unless he gets a new stadium.

John Quinn resigns as GM of the Braves and immediately accepts a similar post with the Phillies.

14th  The Pirates sign pitcher Paul Giel off waivers from the Giants. To make room for the former football all-American, the Bucs option pitcher Curt Raydon to Columbus. Raydon’s spring training started late due to an operation to remove a cyst on his pitching hand. He was 8-4 last year but he won’t be able to crack Pittsburgh’s strong staff.

15th  The Texas League votes to issue automatic intentional walks instead of throwing 4 wide pitches.

19th  The Players Association orders IL members not to sign a pact unless it includes their pension plan.

30th  The Cincinnati Reds trade C Smoky Burgess, P Harvey Haddix and 3B Don Hoak to the Pirates for 3B Frank Thomas, RHP Jim Pendleton, OF Johnny Powers, P Whammy Douglas, and cash. The deal will turn out to be one on the worst in Reds history.

31st  Joe Cronin, former Senators and Red Sox SS signs a 7-year pact to become head of the AL.

Caribbean countries agree to use native players in winter ball, no matter how many years they have played in the U.S.