1961 November

8th  Whitey Ford is voted the Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn.

14th  John Fetzer’s purchase of the outstanding one-third interest in the Tigers makes him sole owner of the club.

15th  Roger Maris is voted AL MVP with 202 votes to 198 for Mickey Mantle and 157 for Jim Gentile.

16th  Cleveland trades 2B Johnny Temple to Baltimore for 1B Ray Barker, C Harry Chiti, and minor leaguer Art Kay.

22nd  RF Frank Robinson is the first Reds player in 21 years to win the NL MVP, taking 219 of 224 possible votes.

26th  The Professional Baseball Rules Committee votes 8-1 against legalizing the spitball. Only NL supervisor of umpires Cal Hubbard votes in favor.

27th  The White Sox again trade fan favorite Minnie Minoso, this time to St. Louis for OF/1B Joe Cunningham.

28th  Philadelphia sends P John Buzhardt and IF Charlie Smith to the White Sox for 1B Roy Sievers. The Sievers trade is announced after the Cunningham trade, by the Sox, who don’t want to appear to need a first baseman.

      The Braves trade slugger Frank Thomas to the Mets for a player named later. The player is Gus Bell and reported $125,000.

30th  The Giants acquire pitchers Don Larsen and Billy Pierce from the White Sox for pitchers Eddie Fisher, Dom Zanni, and Verle Tiefenthaler and 1B Bob Farley. The swap is a steal for the Giants, one of their best trades since moving to California.  Pierce, another Chicago favorite, will win 16, while Larsen will win 5 and save 11 for the pennant winners.

      Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of the Year. Joe Torre finishes second.