The colorful Pepper Martin was born on a Monday in Temple, Oklahoma. Martin was 24 when he broke into the big leagues (April 16, 1928), with the St. Louis Cardinals. Known as the “Wild Horse of the Osage” because of his daring baserunning, Martin is still lauded for his heroics during the 1931 World Series, a Cardinals upset victory over the Philadelphia…
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.
Just three days after training camp opens, an extremely frail Dick Howser abandons his attempt to come back from a brain tumor and gives up his position as Kansas City Royals manager. Billy Gardner is named his successor.
1985 Tim Raines is awarded a $1.2 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator John Roberts. This is the largest award to date through the process. The 25-year-old Raines hit .309 for the Expos in 1984 and led all players with 75 stolen bases.
1960 Walter O’Malley, owner of the Dodgers, completes the purchase of the Chavez Ravine area in Los Angeles by paying $494,000 for property valued at $92,000. It was there that the venerable and still beautiful Dodger Stadium was built. The ball park opened on April 10, 1962.
1916 The Yankees buy Frank “Home Run” Baker from the Athletics for $37,500. He had sat out the 1915 season. He will play six seasons for New York, and equal his seven season home run total from his days in Philadelphia.
48 MLB players invoke the new arbitration procedure established to settle contract differences. Pitcher Dick Woodson (seeking a contract for $29,000) and the Twins (offering $23,000) are the first to present their respective cases to the arbitrator who must decide on one of the amounts presented. Woodson wins.
The NL votes down a proposal by Charlie Ebbets of Brooklyn to impose a limit of 2,000 seats that clubs can sell for 25 cents (equal to $6.25 in 2020). Boston has 10,000 such seats, St. Louis 9,000, Philadelphia 6,500 and Cincinnati 4,000.
Joe DiMaggio signs with the Yankees for $100,000, the first six-figure contract in the major leagues. He will be limited to only 76 games that season, but still hit 14 HRs, 67 RBIs with a .346 batting average.