Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy dies in Buffalo, NY, at the age of 90. McCarthy was the first manager to win pennants with both National and American League teams, winning nine league titles overall and seven World Series as manager of the Yankees.
The New York Giants’ John McGraw plays the role of off-the-field hero as he prevents a team of horses from injuring two women. The fiery Giants manager’s heroic deed of stopping the runaway steeds takes place in Los Angeles, CA.
Bill Terry dies at the age of 92. Terry batted .341 over a 14-year tenure with the New York Giants, including a career-high .401 in 1930. Terry also served as the Giants’ manager for 10 seasons, leading the team to three consecutive pennants. He gained election to the Hall of Fame in 1954.
Former Atlanta Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, becoming the 227th member of the Hall. He receives 80.34% of the vote, and is only the 87th player to be elected by the BBWAA.
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.