5th The Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from New York Senator Kenneth Keating.
11thThe Cubs send infielders Alvin Dark and Chicago native Jim Woods, and P John Buzhardt to the Phillies for OF Richie Ashburn. Ashburn hit .259 last year while driving in a ML-record low 20 runs in 564 at bats.
14th Charles Comiskey, Jr., says Bill Veeck has turned down his offer to buy the White Sox.
16th Dick Groat scores 14 points, but the football Steelers edge the baseball Pirates 22–20 in sudden death overtime in a benefit basketball game. The Steelers are helped by a ringer, former Pitt hoop All-American Don Hennon.
21st Stan Musial asks for, and receives, a pay cut from $100,000 to $80,000 a year. Musial says he was overpaid in 1957 and 1958, and his salary should be cut, based on his performance in 1959.
26th Boston OF Jackie Jensen, 32, announces his retirement from baseball. Jensen will later say, “Looking back, it was foolish to quit. But I thought it would answer my problems [one of which was his great fear of flying].” Jensen will return to play in 1961 before retiring again for good.
29th The Illinois Appellate Court says Dorothy Rigney, sister of Charles Comiskey, Jr., was entitled to sell her mother’s shares of White Sox stock to Bill Veeck. Her brother brought suit in an effort to gain control of the club.