Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers announces his retirement, due to increasing pain in his arthritic left elbow. The southpaw will enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 and became the youngest player ever elected to Hall.
Roger Clemens, now a Toronto Blue Jay, becomes the first pitcher to win five Cy Young Awards when he is named the American League’s top pitcher. He also held the pitching triple crown by leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts.
Bret Saberhagen of the Royals becomes the fourth pitcher ever to win the American League Cy Young Award twice, getting 27 of a possible 28 first-place votes for his 23-6, 2.16 ERA season. He also won the award in 1985 when Kansas City won its first World Championship.
The Doubleday Publishing Company agrees to sell the World Champion Mets to Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon for $80.75 million. The company had purchased the Mets for a then-record $21.1 million in 1980.
Bucky Harris, who managed the 1924 and 1925 American League champion Senators, is hired back by Washington to replace youthful Joe Cronin, who had been sold to the Boston Red Sox. Harris will make the Hall of Fame as a manager by vote of the Veterans Committee in 1975.
California’s Chuck Finley and Seattle’s Randy Johnson combine to pitch a no-hitter in the finale of an eight-game exhibition series between American and Japanese all-star teams. But Japan still wins the series 4-3 with one tie, the first time since 1970 that a touring U.S. team has left Japan with a losing record.
Norm Cash, known to fans and teammates during his playing days as “Stormin’ Norman,” was born. An outstanding power hitter, his 377 career home runs were the fourth most by an American League left-handed hitter when he retired, behind Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig; his 373 home runs with the Tigers rank second in franchise history behind his teammate…