1964 January

3rdThe Reds announce that manager Fred Hutchinson has chest cancer. He will begin two months of radiology treatment in Seattle and will make spring training with the team.

6th  Charlie Finley signs a 2-year pact to move the A’s, pending AL approval, from Kansas City to Louisville, KY.

      The White Sox introduce powder-blue road uniforms.

15th  ML baseball executives vote to hold a free-agent draft in New York City. A new TV pact is also signed.

      Willie Mays, the highest-paid player in baseball, signs for $105,000.

16th  AL owners vote 9-1 against Charlie Finley’s Louisville proposal. Finley is given an ultimatum to sign a lease in Kansas City or lose his franchise.

28th  Reds CF Vada Pinson is cleared of assault charges stemming from a September 5, 1963, incident when Cincinnati sportswriter Earl Lawson does not pursue charges further.

29th  Pitcher-writer Jim Brosnan is given permission by the White Sox to make his own deal with another team. His in-season writing has been censured by owner Ed Short.

30th  The United States Senate Subcommittee on Monopolies begins hearings on baseball.