Detroit Tigers future Hall of Fame OF Sam Crawford retires from MLB at 37. In addition to his career-record 312 three-base hits, he has hit 50 inside-the-park home runs. He will play in the Pacific Coast League for several more years.
Rogers Hornsby, brought up a week earlier from Class D Denison (Western Association), makes his MLB debut for the Cardinals. Trailing the Reds, 7 – 0, after six innings, Hornsby goes in to play SS and goes hitless.
24-year-old Grover Alexander, winning a rookie-record 28 games, pitches the Phillies to a 1 – 0 win over Boston Rustlers (Braves) 44-year-old Cy Young. Alex gives up just one hit, and his 31 complete games, 367 innings pitched, and 7 shutouts lead the National League.
1954 Rookie Hank Aaron makes his first spring training start for the Milwaukee Braves in an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox. Aaron, taking advantage of an injury suffered by the starting outfielder, raps out three hits, including a home run.
Enos Slaughter and Arky Vaughan are elected to the Hall of Fame by a Veterans Committee. Slaughter, known for his hustle, was famed for his “Mad Dash” home during the 1946 World Series. Vaughan batted .318 over a 14-year career with the Pirates and Dodgers.
1934 The Cleveland Indians sign former Washington Senators 19-year OF Sam Rice for the upcoming season. He will bat .293 in 335 at-bats for the Indians, but fall 13 hits shy of the 3,000 mark before retiring. Rice will win election to the Hall of Fame in 1963.
1971 Former Negro Leagues great and MLB pitcher Satchel Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10 the Hall’s new Special Committee on the Negro Leagues will formally select Paige for induction.
Red Schoendienst is born in Germantown, Illinois. Playing mostly at 2B, Schoendienst will bat .289 during a 19-year career mainly with the St. Louis Cardinals, who he will later manage to a World Championship. He will gain election to the Hall of Fame in 1989.