Future Hall of Fame pitcher Ted Lyons is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Lyons will make his major league debut in 1923 and will go on to win 260 games over a 21-year career with the Chicago White Sox.
The race to sign newly-minted free agent Catfish Hunter begins in the law offices of Cherry, Cherry & Flythe in Ahoskie, North Carolina. Yankees and Red Sox representatives are the first arrivals. Hunter will sign with New York and go 23-14 his first season in the Big Apple.
The Twins sign free agent DH/outfielder Dave Winfield. During the 1992 season for the World Champion Blue Jays, the St. Paul native hit .290 and had 108 RBIs and 26 home runs. For the Twins the 41 year-old future Hall of Famer will hit .271 with 21 dingers.
The Cleveland Indians acquire future Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon from the Washington Senators for three players. Vernon will go back to Washington in 1950 but Wynn will stay in Cleveland and will win 163 games for the Indians over nine seasons.
In a busy day of trading, the Yankees acquire pitchers Dock Ellis and Ken Brett, and 2B Willie Randolph from the Pirates for hurler Doc Medich. In a separate deal with the Angels, the club trades Bobby Bonds for OF Mickey Rivers and pitcher Ed Figueroa.
Five years after he broke Babe Ruth’s record for HRs in a season, the Yankees trade OF Roger Maris to the Cardinals for journeyman 3B Charley Smith. The next two seasons will find the Cardinals in the World Series and Maris in an important role.