Free agent Jose Canseco agrees to terms with the Angels. The incentive-laden contract ranges from $200,000 to $5 million based on plate appearances as a DH. He is released March 28, but will get into 76 games with the White Sox for his final MLB season.
Mike Kreevich of the Chicago #WhiteSox equals the MLB record by grounding into four successive double plays against the Washington #Senators. It is a rare game for Kreevich who will hit .323 for the season.
Ted Lyons wins his 250th career game, 6 – 5, over the Red Sox. A week later, he will beat the Yankees Red Ruffing to match that hurler’s 251 career wins. The White Sox veteran will finish the season with 20 complete games in 20 starts, lead the AL with a 2.10 ERA—then enter the Marines at age 42.
1925 Eddie Collins of the Chicago White Sox becomes the sixth major leaguer to collect 3,000 hits after hitting a double against Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson. Collins will end his career with 3,315 hits.
In 47-degree chill, Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians hurls the first and thus far only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history. He beats Eddie Smith of the Chicago White Sox in a 1 – 0 decision at Comiskey Park. During one at-bat, White Sox star Luke Appling fouls off 15 straight pitches, but fails to get a hit.
Needing 145 hits to reach 3,000, Harold Baines agrees to a minor league contract with the White Sox. The 21-season veteran, who will be 42 during the season, played with the Orioles and White Sox last season. He will get into 32 games with the club and add 11 hits before retiring.
The White Sox send fan favorite Minnie Minoso and IF Fred Hatfield to the Indians for P Early Wynn and OF Al Smith. Wynn, coming off his first losing season, will rebound with the ChiSox, topping the AL in wins and innings next season.
After twenty-one years with the club, shortstop and future Hall of Famer Luke Appling is released by the Chicago White Sox allowing him to become the manager of the Memphis Chicks of the South Atlantic League. Appling will be replaced at shortstop by Venezuelan rookie Chico Carrasquel.
The Chicago White Sox sign prized free agent catcher Carlton Fisk. The future Hall of Fame receiver was declared a free agent in February after the Boston Red Sox failed to mail him a contract by the deadline imposed under the Basic Agreement.