IN THE NEWS: Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Robin Yount are elected to baseball's Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It is the first time since 1936 that three players are elected simultaneously on their first try. Carlton Fisk finishes 4th in the voting, missing election by 43 votes.
IN THE NEWS: Surgery makes the news as the Mets prize rookie OF Jay Payton undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. Also, Toronto pitcher Paul Quantrill has surgery to repair a fractured right thigh and a metal rod is inserted in his leg. Quantrill, 30, was injured in a snowmobile accident at his home in Port Hope, Ontario.
Nolan Ryan is the first passenger to board the "Nolan Ryan Express," a Southwest Boeing 737. He autographs both sides of the aircraft's nose on two specially designed decals each featuring a baseball with airplane wings and a Southwest colored tail. In July, Ryan will again board the "Nolan Ryan Express" to fly to the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in New York.
IN THE NEWS: The ball that Mark McGwire hit for his 70th home run is sold at auction for $2.7 million by Guernsey's Auction House in New York. The buyer is later revealed to be Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn comic book series.