It is a sad day in baseball history as Mets manager and former Brooklyn Dodgers standout, Gil Hodges, dies of a heart attack at West Palm Beach, Florida, two days shy of his 48th birthday and two weeks before MLB Opening Day. Yogi Berra is named the new manager of the Mets.
1971 Detroit Tigers relief pitcher John Hiller suffers a heart attack at age 27. He will miss the 1971 season before making a remarkable comeback. In the 1973 and 1974 seasons he will go 27-19…ALL in relief.