Bill Veeck, the colorful owner of the Browns, Indians and White Sox (twice) and New York Yankees great Tony “Poosh ‘Em Up” Lazzeri are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Both elections were posthumous.
The Cleveland Indians sign Satchel Paige, the famous and incredible (some would say “ageless”) veteran Negro League pitcher. Many in the baseball world ridiculed the move as an unworthy Bill Veeck publicity stunt. However, the move demonstrates its merit as the 42-year-old (?) Paige finishes 6-1, with an ERA of 2.48.