1962 January

3rd  Ground is broken for the Houston Astrodome.

7th  The 61-year-old Three-I League (B) is disbanded by the 6 remaining clubs.

8th  Commissioner Ford Frick denies charges that Carl Furillo has been blacklisted by the ML because of a 1959 salary dispute with the Dodgers.

22nd  Jackie Jensen again announces his retirement from baseball. This time he means it.

23rd  Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.

      Lawyer Melvin Belli wins a breach-of-warranty suit against the San Francisco Giants on the grounds that his box seat at Candlestick Park is too cold. Belli’s suit contends that the seat he bought in 1960, at the cost of $1,597, was supposed to have radiant heating.

24th  The Southern Association, which lost New Orleans and Memphis in the last two years and with attendance lagging, suspends operation.

26th  Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle sign contracts with Columbia Pictures to star in Safe at Home!,a movie that is to be shot during spring training.

28th  Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie are added to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

30th  The Milwaukee Braves sign Peter Marchegiano, brother of former heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano, to a minor league contract.

      The Mets sign 1B Gil Hodges for $33,000. The veteran had been languishing on the Dodger bench for the past 2 seasons.

31st  Willie Mays signs the biggest contract in baseball, a reported $90,000 for 1962. They also sign another slugger—Ralph Kiner joins Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy in the announcing booth.