1999 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Edgar Martinez hit three home runs, tying a MLB record with five homers in two games, to give the Seattle Mariners a 10-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Martinez homered twice in the series opener the day before.
1989 With Dave Winfield sidelined, the Yankees trade catcher Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for outfielder Mel Hall. Winfield will miss all of the 1989 season after undergoing back surgery. Hall will remain with the Bronx Bombers through the 1992 season, while future HOF’er Winfield will only play in 20 more games for the Yanks.
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 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
1967 Red Ruffing is selected for the Hall of Fame through a special runoff election since nobody received the required 75 percent vote in January. Ruffing won 273 games and pitched in seven World Series for the Yankees.
The St. Louis Browns sign Satchel Paige. The 45-year-old pitcher had been out of MLB since last pitching for the Indians in 1949. In 1971, twenty years to the day, Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10 the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues will formally select the fireballer for induction.
1900 Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park Ball Grounds in Baltimore. John McGraw’s men camp around a fire at third base. Ned Hanlon, his former manager in Baltimore in the 1890s, now manager of Brooklyn and still president of the Baltimore club in the N.L., has forces camped around first base.