What Happened on January 15, 1964

Historical Events

  • MLB executives vote to hold a free agent amateur draft, officially known as Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in NYC

Contract of Interest

San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract

  • Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract
1964 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Cees van der de Linden, Dutch soccer player, born in Heelsum, Netherlands
  • Osmo Tapio Räihälä, Finnish composer, born in Suomussalmi, Finland
  • Paula Schnurr, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Born in 1964

Famous Deaths

  • (Weldon Leo) "Jack" Teagarden, American jazz trombonist (Paul Whiteman, 1933-38; Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, 1946-51), singer ("Basin Street Blues"), and bandleader, dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), dies at 80
  • Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league administrator (manager 1929–30 Kangaroo tour of GB; Queensland RFL secretary 1913-22; inspired establishment RL in France), dies at 74

About January 15, 1964

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 59 years, 8 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: There! I've Said It Again - Bobby Vinton
  • UK #1 Song: Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five