Red Sox rookie Gene Stephens becomes the first A.L. player to get 3 hits in the same inning, as Boston scores 17 in the 7th inning of a 23-3 romp over the Tigers. The Sox send 23 to bat in the seventh, getting 14 hits and six walks—20 runners—before third baseman George Kell flies out to end it.
Mets SS Kevin Elster and Red Sox catcher Rick Cerone end their MLB record errorless game streaks at their positions on the same day. Elster had played 88 consecutive games without an error while Cerone had played 159.
1980 Slugger Chuck Klein (mostly of the Phillies) and former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Yawkey is the first club owner selected who never served as a player, manager, or general manager.
All-time great Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in the Mexican League. He stays in the U.S. and captures the A.L. MVP while leading the Red Sox to the pennant as he slugs 38 home runs and bats .342
All-time baseball great and Red Sox slugger Ted Williams breaks his collarbone in his first spring training practice and will be out until May 15. Even so, he will still lead the American League in bases on balls and intentional walks for the season (slugging percentage and on base percentage as well).
The Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm spent at 26, to the Cleveland Indians for $15,000. He will become an outfielder after one last, losing start on the mound, and play five more years. His batting “line” for the Tribe over 470 games would be .297/.374/.431
The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 in 1908, to the Cleveland Naps for pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan and $12,500. The namesake of the CY Young Award will win 19 games for the Naps in the coming season.
1981 Arbitrator Raymond Goetz supports the MLBPA grievance and declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent on the grounds that the club mailed his 1981 contract two days after the December 20 deadline. Fisk was signed by the White Sox on March 18, 1981.
1973 Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team specifically to be a designated hitter. His slash line will be .289/.350/.444 with 20 HRs and 86 RBI in his one Beantown season.