The Seattle Pilots trade minor-league outfielder Lou Piniella to the Royals for outfielder Steve Whitaker and pitcher John Gelnar. Piniella will be A.L. Rookie of the Year in Kansas City with a slash line of .282/.325/.416
The Red Sox trade catcher Bo Diaz, third baseman Ted Cox, and pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton to the Indians for catcher Fred Kendall and pitcher Dennis Eckersley. Eckersley will win 20 for the Bosox that season and place 4th in Cy Young voting.
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…