1959 November

3rd  The White Sox trade former bonus baby Ron Jackson to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Frank Baumann.

4th  “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks wins his 2nd MVP award in a row on the strength of his 45 HRs and 143 RBI. Eddie Mathews finishes 2nd.

12th  The White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins the AL’s MVP award. Teammates Luis Aparicio and Early Wynn finish 2nd and 3rd in the voting, the first time this has happened since 1941.

13th  A months-long investigation into gambling in the Southern Association results in a surprise announcement by George Troutman, minor-league president: former ML catcher Joe Tipton is permanently barred from future employment by any minor-league club. This is related to charges that batters intentionally hit foul balls so that gamblers can bet with fans in the stands. Tipton, who is retired from baseball, came forward and testified that on two occasions when he played for Birmingham in 1957 he was approached while in Chattanooga about deliberately hitting foul balls. On one occasion he was paid $50 by Jesse Levan and on the other occasion he received an envelope with $75 in it. Tipton was released by Birmingham in 1958. The ruling does not affect his ML status and Tipton will receive his major-league pension.

17th  William Shea of the Continental League shows sketches of the proposed stadium in New York City with its transparent retractable roof.

Giants slugger Willie McCovey is the NL Rookie of the Year. McCovey gets all 24 votes to make him the 2nd Giant in a row to win the award unanimously.

18th  OF Bob Allison of Washington is voted the AL Rookie of the Year. Cleveland’s Jim Perry is a distant 2nd.

Kansas City announces that Bob Elliott will be its new manager, replacing the often-ill Harry Craft, who was released at the end of the season.

21st  In the first inter-league trade not involving a waiver, the Cubs send 1B Jim Marshall and P Dave Hillman to the Red Sox for 1B Dick Gernert.

23rd Branch Rickey, President of the Continental League, sends a telegram to Joe Cronin, AL prexy, declaring his disappointment with Cronin’s wire of November 20. “You must know of course that, almost alone, the American League’s widely publicized position on alleged expansion has forestalled completion of the Continental League. I have so state repeatedly and publicly for the past several weeks. However, I must admit that the Commissioner’s completely negative attitude toward a third Major League has made an effective contribution to our forced delay and his continuous statement of preference for internal expansion hurts even more.”

30th The Orioles trade Billy Loes and Bill O’Dell to the Giants for P Gordon Jones, OF Jackie Brandt, and C Roger McCardell. O’Dell will win 56 games for the Giants.

The Cards send popular SS Don Blasingame to the Giants for infielder Darryl Spencer and Leon Wagner.