A Special Veterans Committee selects Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, and Al Lopez for the Hall of Fame. Sewell hit .312 in 14 years with the Indians and Yankees. Rusie won 246 games from 1889 to 1898. Lopez was 19 years a catcher, but it was his .584 winning percentage in 17 years as a manager that got him into Cooperstown.
1997 In an unprecedented move, Davey Johnson resigns the same day he is named AL Manager of the Year. Despite the fact that Johnson ended the Orioles 13-year playoff drought in 1996 and led them to the league’s best record in 1997, a dispute over $10,500 in fines of second baseman Roberto Alomar ends Johnson’s time in Baltimore.
Walter Alston played in his only MLB game, as a late-inning substitute at first base for Johnny Mize of the St. Louis Cardinals. He made one error in two chances and struck out his only time at bat. He would later manage the Dodgers for 23 years and be elected to the Hall of Fame.
In New York, 36,211 fans show up to witness the return of Billy Martin as Yankees manager, but the Yanks lose to the Blue Jays 5-4. Martin had been named to replace Bob Lemon the previous day, beginning his second stint as Yankee skipper a season earlier than previously announced.
Connie Mack, at age 87, announced his retirement as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years, and Jimmy Dykes was named to replace him. Mack, together with Ben Shibe, founded the Athletics in 1901.
Ralph Houk signs a new three-year contract with the Yankees at $65,000 a season, which makes him the highest paid manager in either league. HIs club will finish 93-69 the following season, but still finish second to the Orioles (108-54).