1959 March

3rd The Indians send Larry Doby to Detroit for OF Tito Francona. Francona will hit .363 for the Tribe, while Doby will be released after playing just 16 games for Detroit.

6th  Charlie Comiskey loses his bid to stop the sale of the White Sox to Bill Veeck.

9th  The Cubs trade Chuck Tanner to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Bob Smith. Tanner won’t play a game in Boston and the Sox will sell him to Cleveland in September. Smith will pitch two-thirds of an inning for Chicago, allow 6 runs, and be traded.

10th  Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, granddaughter of the Old Roman, sells her 54 percent ownership in the White Sox to Bill Veeck’s syndicate for $2.7 million. Brother Chuck fails in his attempt to match or improve the bid. Comiskey control of the franchise ends after 60 years.

11th  The Players Association drops its threat of a strike against the International League.

24th In Havana, The Reds and Dodgers play an exhibition game. For a pre-game photo, Reds Pete Whisenant swaps his mitt for a Castro rebel’s machine gun.

25th  The Giants send young OF/1B Bill White and veteran 3B Ray Jablonski to St. Louis for P Sam Jones. While in the Army, White had lost his first base job to Cepeda and the Giants also have Willie McCovey coming off a .319 year at Phoenix (PCL). Jones will lead the NL in wins and ERA his first year in the Bay City.

26th Before 4,679, their largest spring crowd at St. Petersburg, the Pirates lose, 7-2, to the Yankees. Red Witt walks 10 and serves up a 420-foot homer to Mickey Mantle. Don Hoak is twice trapped off 1B and both times scrambles back safely after rundowns.

31st  In a trade that helps neither team, Milwaukee swaps P Gene Conley, IF Joe Koppe and IF Harry Hanebrink to the Phillies for C Stan Lopata, SS Ted Kazanski and Johnny O’Brien. Conley will go 12–7 before going on the disabled list from August 20th to the close of the season.