On This Day

What Happened on January 15, 1964

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

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

AgreementContract 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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Teamsters negotiate 1st national labor contract

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

Famous Deaths

  • George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), dies at 80
  • Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58