1961 March

3rd  Frank Robinson is indicted in Cincinnati for carrying a concealed weapon. He was arrested on February 8 when he was discovered to be carrying a .25 caliber pistol.  The discovery occurred after an incident in a restaurant where Robinson was eating with two friends.  He was fined $250 for it.

14th  George Weiss is lured from retirement to become president of the New York Mets.

24th  The New York State Senate approves $55 million for a new baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens.

In Mesa, LF Orlando Cepeda gives the Cubs 2 runs then hits a 3-run HR as the Giants shave the Cubs, 13–12.

27th  In a spring training game Cardinals P Larry Jackson suffers a broken jaw when hit by a fragment of Dodger Duke Snider’s broken bat. Jackson will be sidelined 4 weeks.

29th  Powel Crosley’s will directs the Reds to stay in Cincinnati and be run under nonprofit ownership. The late Crosley’s daughter and husband, Stanley Kess, will head the foundation.

31st  A Pacific Coast League proposal to use a designated batter for the pitcher is voted down 8-1 by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee. The committee also rules that every club must designate a manager within 30 minutes of game time, a move prompted by the Cubs’ college of coaches.

      The Milwaukee Braves send infielders Andre Rodgers and Daryl Robertson to the Cubs for pitchers Moe Drabowsky and Seth Morehead.