1961 January

1st  Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium.

3rd  Frank Lane quits as GM of the Indians to take the same post with the Athletics.

7th  At Martinez de la Torre in the  Mexican Roberto Avila League, Eduardo Serrano of Martinez de la Torre pitches 9 1/3 hitless innings, before losing to Coatzacoalos, 2-0, in 10 innings.

9th  Leo Durocher joins the Dodgers as 3B coach.

      The new Minnesota Twins and the American Association finally agree on a $500,000 indemnity payment to the minor league for the Minneapolis/St. Paul territory, ending 2 months of negotiation.

12th  Charlie Grimm and Verlon Walker (brother of Rube Walker) are named the 6th and 7th members of the Cubs coaching staff.

24th  The A’s trade outfielders Whitey Herzog and Russ Snyder to the Orioles for IF Wayne Causey, P Jim Archer, outfielders Bob Boyd and Al Pilarcik, and Clint Courtney. Boyd, with the Orioles since 1956, leaves with a .301 average with the Birds, a team career mark that won’t be topped this century.

26thThe Reds send Joe Nuxhall to the KC A’s for pitchers John Tsitouris and John Briggs. Nuxhall first pitched for the Reds in 1944 when he was 15 years old.

28th  The International League Board of Directors unanimously votes to move the Montreal franchise to Syracuse, NY.

29th  Billy Hamilton and Max Carey are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

30th  Albie Pearson shoots a 73 to win the Southland Baseball Players Golf Tournament at California’s Yorba Linda Golf Course.  Peanuts Lowry is second with a 76, followed by Gene Mauch and Hank Sauer with 77s. In the inactive players bracket, Johnny Lindell and Bill Hairston card 74s to tie for the lead.

31st  Houston voters approve a bond to finance a luxury domed stadium, the final hurdle standing between the city and ML baseball.