IN THE NEWS: Brewers manager George Bamberger suffers a heart attack at the club's Sun City, AZ, training camp. Coach Buck Rodgers is named interim manager for Bamberger, who will undergo quintuple coronary bypass surgery on March 26th and will not return to the dugout until June 6th.
IN THE NEWS: Rangers owner Brad Corbett agrees to sell the club to a group of investors headed by Fort Worth businessman Eddie Chiles.
While waiting for the team bus outside his hotel during the Cleveland Indians 3-game exhibition series against the Mexico City Reds, rookie OF Joe Charboneau is stabbed by a crazed fan wielding a ballpoint pen. The pen penetrates one inch and strikes a rib, sidelining Charboneau for four days, but he will recover to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.
IN THE NEWS: The National Labor Relations Board rules in favor of the umpires' union in its dispute with the National League. The union had demanded that the National League release its umpire evaluations, particularly those of the "scabs" who were retained after filling in for striking umpires in 1979.
IN THE NEWS: Slugger Chuck Klein 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.