5th Lee MacPhail becomes GM of the Baltimore Orioles.
11th The AL announces that Kansas City will play 52 night games in 1959, a new league mark.
12th The Yankees Bob Turley wins the Cy Young Award, gathering 5 votes to 4 for last year’s winner, Warren Spahn.
13th Mayor Robert Wagner of New York announces preliminary plans for a 3rd major league. Chairman William Shea, of what will become the Continental League, says it is apparent that the NL is going to ignore New York City. He implies that the new league will be free to raid ML rosters.
18th In a power struggle that has been brewing for some time within the Cleveland Indians organization, minority stockholders, led by Hank Greenberg, sell their stock to the majority stockholder, Chairman William Delay, who controls about 34 percent of the stock. Greenberg had proposed to Daley that he either buy Greenberg’s group stock or sell his stock to the group.
Red Schoendienst of the Braves is diagnosed as having tuberculosis. He’ll miss the entire 1959 season, compiling just 3 at bats.
20th The Tigers trade Billy Martin and RHP Al Cicotte to Cleveland for relief P Ray Narleski and Don Mossi and SS Ossie Alvarez.
21st Hall of Famer Mel Ott, 49, dies of uremia a week after a head-on car crash in New Orleans. His wife Mildred, who was critically injured in the crash, is not immediately told of her husband’s death. The driver of the other car was killed instantly.
25th The BBWAA names Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks the 1958 MVP. Willie Mays is the runner-up.
26th The AL MVP is Boston slugger Jackie Jensen, winning over New York’s Bob Turley and Cleveland’s Rocky Colavito.
28th The AL announces that its Opening Day game in 1959 will be the earliest date ever, April 9.
30th Italian baseball commissioner Prince Borghese visits the U.S. to seek aid in organizing Italian teams.