1st Baltimore SS Ron Hansen is voted AL Rookie of the Year, getting 22 of 24 votes. The other 2 votes go to teammates Chuck Estrada and Jim Gentile.
2nd Roger Maris nips Mickey Mantle for the AL’s Most Valuable Player award, 225-222, the 2nd-closest vote ever, after the DiMaggio-Williams race in 1947.
Hank Greenberg asks for AL dates at the Los Angeles Coliseum, home of the NL Dodgers. Greenberg and Bill Veeck are expected to run the new LA club in the AL.
George Weiss, recently turned 66, resigns as GM of the Yankees.
3rd Pittsburgh’s Vern Law is voted Cy Young Award winner. He outpolls Warren Spahn 8-4.
15th A $3.5 million offer for the Athletics is accepted from a St. Louis group and the sale of the 52% stock by the widow of the late Arnold Johnson is expected tomorrow. A sale of the remaining minority stock is expected.
16th NL batting champion Dick Groat is named league MVP, outpolling Pirate teammate Don Hoak 276-162.
17th The new Washington franchise is awarded to Elwood Quesada, Washington native, W W II hero, and head of the Federal Aviation Agency.
Hank Greenberg drops out of the bidding to run the new AL franchise in Los Angeles.
18th Charlie Finley, 42-year-old insurance tycoon from Gary, IN, makes a formal bid for the new Los Angeles club.
19th Mickey Vernon is hired as the first manager of the new Washington team.
21st Bob Scheffing signs to manage the Tigers after the job is turned down by Casey Stengel.
22nd The AL proposes that both leagues expand to 9 teams in 1961 and begin inter-league play. It will delay entering the Los Angeles market if the NL agrees.
23rd Dodger OF Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of the Year with 12 of 24 votes.
26th Minnesota Twins is the new name chosen for the club transplanted from Washington to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. It “was given the name by club officials because of the united effort behind major league baseball in Minnesota.”
28th The Cleveland Indians select Valmy Thomas from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rule 5 major league draft. For Valmy it is his 5th (and last) ML team in his 5 years, a ML record for changing uniforms.