1949 The 1940s is the only decade in MLB history in which no new stadiums are built. After the Cleveland Indians opened Cleveland Stadium in 1932, no new ballpark will be opened until Milwaukee County Stadium is unveiled by the Braves in 1953.
San Francisco Giants trade popular 2B Ron Hunt to the Montreal Expos for 1B Dave McDonald. Hunt will be a solid starter for three seasons in Montreal, while McDonald will be sold back to the Expos less than a year later.
Boston Red Sox pitching ace Jim Lonborg undergoes surgery on his left knee, four days after a skiing accident. Lonborg, who won a career-high 22 games in the “Impossible Dream” season, will never fully regain his pitching form.
National League MVP goes to fielding wiz SS Marty Marion of the Cardinals. The St. Louis team committed only 112 errors and fielded .982. Marion is the third different Cardinals player in 3 years to win MVP honors (following Mort Cooper & Stan Musial).
The Yankees fire long-time television and radio voice Mel Allen. The well-known broadcaster popularized the “going, going, gone” home run call and was known for his catchphrase “how about that” in reaction to happenings on the ball field.
Two new American League clubs, the first expansion teams in over half of a century, select their rosters in the first ever expansion draft. The Los Angeles Angels make Yankees pitcher Eli Grba their first selection, and the “new” Washington Senators follow by taking Yankee pitcher, Bobby Shantz.
The Phillies sell P Grover Alexander, twice a 30-game winner, and his personal catcher “Reindeer” Bill Killefer to the Cubs for P “Iron” Mike Prendergast, C Pickles Dillhoefer, and $55,000. The Phils owner later admits he made the trade because, “I needed the money.”
Rangers SS Danny Thompson, a seven-year veteran, dies in Rochester, MN, two months short of his 30th birthday. He led all shortstops in hitting in 1972 with a .276 average, but was diagnosed with leukemia the following winter—yet played 3 more MLB seasons!