The Twins sign free agent DH/outfielder Dave Winfield. During the 1992 season for the World Champion Blue Jays, the St. Paul native hit .290 and had 108 RBIs and 26 home runs. For the Twins the 41 year-old future Hall of Famer will hit .271 with 21 dingers.
The largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minnesota, 52,279, turns out for the inaugural game at the new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Twins rookie Gary Gaetti has four hits with a pair of home runs, but the Seattle Mariners win the game, 11-7.
Angels manager Gene Mauch, 62, takes a leave of absence for health reasons and is replaced by Cookie Rojas. Mauch will announce his retirement on March 27. His 1,902 career victories (he managed 4 different clubs) ranked 8th in MLB history, when he retired, and his 3,942 total games managed ranked 4th. He is by far the winningest manager to have never…
48 MLB players invoke the new arbitration procedure established to settle contract differences. Pitcher Dick Woodson (seeking a contract for $29,000) and the Twins (offering $23,000) are the first to present their respective cases to the arbitrator who must decide on one of the amounts presented. Woodson wins.
It takes 12 innings, but the first-ever World Series game in Atlanta goes to the Braves. Mark Lemke singles in David Justice for the 5-4 win over the Twins. This was the first of 4 games in this Series to end with the winning team scoring the deciding run in the ninth inning or later.
Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit his 500th home run in the first inning off Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar to become the 10th player to hit 500 or more in a career. The “Killer” would total 573 dingers in his Hall of Fame career.