The Pittsburgh Pirates draft outfielder Roberto Clemente from the AAA roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Although Clemente hit only .257 for the Montreal Royals last season, he will become a Hall of Fame right fielder with the Pirates.
The new Washington Senators name Mickey Vernon the first manager in franchise history. An exceptional hitter during his playing career, Vernon played for the original Senators franchise from 1939 to 1948.
For the second consecutive year, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris is named American League Most Valuable Player. The new single-season home run record holder with 61 edges his teammate Mickey Mantle by four points, 202-198.
After twenty-one years with the club, shortstop and future Hall of Famer Luke Appling is released by the Chicago White Sox allowing him to become the manager of the Memphis Chicks of the South Atlantic League. Appling will be replaced at shortstop by Venezuelan rookie Chico Carrasquel.
1976 Former Minnesota Twins relief ace Bill Campbell becomes the first of the free agent crop to sign with a new team, joining the Boston Red Sox with a contract calling for $1 million over four years.
1962 The Houston Colt .45s sign 19-year-old second baseman Joe Morgan as an amateur free agent. Morgan will make his MLB debut next season, starting a 22-year Hall of Fame career, most notably with the Reds.