Future N.L. President Bill White comes to St. Louis along with third baseman Ray Jablonski from the Giants for pitchers Sam Jones and Don Choate. White will win six consecutive Gold Gloves with the Cardinals plus one more later in Philadelphia.
The Yankees trade first baseman-outfielder Danny Cater to the Red Sox for relief pitcher Sparky Lyle. In seven years with the Yanks, Lyle will post a 57-40 record with 141 saves and a 2.41 ERA, win the 1977 AL Cy Young award, and help the team to three World Series appearances.
The Philadelphia Phillies retire pitcher Robin Roberts number 36. It was the first uniform number to be retired by the organization, and Roberts was still pitching in MLB (though in the A.L. at the time).
White Sox coach Charlie Lau, renowned hitting instructor, dies at age 50 after a long bout with cancer. Lau, whose major league average was .255, earned his fame as the Royals batting coach from 1971-78, where his star pupil was George Brett.
Will “The Thrill” Clark was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Clark was 22 years old when he broke into MLB with the San Francisco Giants. The six-time All-Star had a lifetime slash line of .303/.384/.497 with 284 home runs. More than just a slugger, Clark won a Gold Glove in 1991.
Angels manager Gene Mauch, 62, takes a leave of absence for health reasons and is replaced by Cookie Rojas. Mauch will announce his retirement on March 27. His 1,902 career victories (he managed 4 different clubs) ranked 8th in MLB history, when he retired, and his 3,942 total games managed ranked 4th. He is by far the winningest manager to have never…
Dave Stieb, the ace of the Blue Jays staff, signs an 11-year contract that could be worth up to $25 million with deferred payments and incentives. He would not pitch for the full contract length, but his record is 85-56 over the next six full seasons.
The Special Veterans Committee selects Warren Giles and Hack Wilson for the Hall of Fame. Wilson was a .307 lifetime hitter, and had one of the greatest seasons of all time for the Cubs in 1930 with 56 home runs, 190 RBIs, a .356 batting average. Giles was N.L. president from 1951 to 1969.