Former Toronto Blue Jays first sacker Cecil Fielder signs with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent. He spent 1989 with Japan’s Hanshin Tigers and hit 38 home runs. He will bash 245 home runs in seven seasons with the Tigers.
Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Hunter made his name as the ace of the Oakland A’s staff in their championship years and made his fortune as one of the first free agents when he signed with the Yankees. Williams set a N. L. record by playing in 1,117 consecutive games and…
Steve Garvey retires. During his stellar career, he was the 1974 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, a two-time National League Championship Series MVP (1978 and 1984), a 10-time All-Star, and a two-time MVP of the All-Star Game (1974 and 1978). However, he hit just. 211 in 27 games during 1987, and was not offered a new contract by the…
Former Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Stargell, leader of two world champions in Pittsburgh and NL co-MVP in 1979 at age 39, becomes the 17th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility.
Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Bench and Yaz, who faced each other in the classic 1975 World Series, each spent their entire careers (40 years combined) with one club. Bench set new standards for catchers both offensively (348 home runs) and defensively (10 straight Gold…
The Reds finally give in and sign their first free agent — Larry Biittner. The Reds are the last of the 26 major league teams to sign a player through free agency, which began in 1976. He would appear in only 139 games for the Reds over the following two seasons.
Lou Brock, the major leagues’ all-time stolen base king, and Hoyt Wilhelm, who rewrote the record book on relief pitching, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America).