Charlton's Baseball Chronology
The Tigers released 2B Damian Easley setting a major league record for the most expensive player to be released. He has $14.3 million left on his contract and he breaks the record set earlier in the month by Greg Vaughn he has $9.3 million left on his deal. Easley will ink a deal in 5 days to play for the Marlins.
The Yankees trade 36-year-old Glenallen Hill who hit .297 with 29 homers last season to the Angels for minor-league OF Darren Blakely. Hill taking the place of the just-released Canseco will go 9-for-66 spend 5 weeks on the DL and get his release June 1.
The Pirates acquire P Omar Olivares from the A's for a player to be named. It's Omar's 8th team in 8 years.
The Baltimore Orioles make the 1st visit to Cuba by major leaguers since 1959‚ and defeat a team of Cuban League‚ 3-2 in 11 innings. P Jose Contreras hurls 8 innings of 2-hit‚ 10-K ball in relief for the Cubans‚ while C Charles Johnson hits a 2-run homer and DH Harold Baines drives in the winning run for the Orioles. The two teams will play a rematch at Camden Yards in Baltimore on May 3. As part of the arrangement with the Cubans‚ ML ships a reported 7‚500 wooden bats to Cuba‚ and the Cuban League immediately switches from metal bats.
Kirby Puckett is taken to the Ft. Myers Hospital after he awakes with his vision blurred by what is later diagnosed as glaucoma. He has a black dot in front of his left eye and his vision is diagnosed as 20/200. Puckett‚ who hit .360 in spring training‚ will undergo surgery on April 17. He will never again appear in a major league game.
Methodist College defeats Maryville 43-0 to set an NCAA record for runs in a game. The previous record of 42 had been set by King College in 1902. Methodist scores 15 runs in the 1st inning and strokes 34 hits in the contest including 7 by Brandon Bridgers.
A plan to allow starting pitchers to earn victories with only 3 innings pitched (because of the abbreviated spring training period) is scrapped but teams will be allowed to open the regular season with 27-man rosters instead of the allowed maximum of 25.
AL umpire Nick Bremigan 43 dies of a heart attack.
The April 1st issue of Sports Illustrated contains a fictitious article about a Mets pitching prospect named Sidd Finch whose fastball has been timed at 168 MPH. Author George Plimpton offers bogus quotes from real-life members of the Mets as well as several staged photos and fools readers nationwide.
The A's release Dick Allen ending his stormy 15-year career which produced 351 HRs 1119 RBI a .292 batting average and a .534 slugging mark.
The Rangers Lenny Randle angry for having been benched during spring training attacks 50-year-old manager Frank Lucchesi sending him to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone. Lucchesi helped precipitate the incident by calling the good-natured Randle "a punk." Randle's days are numbered.
During a 10-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in LA White Sox vet 2B Jackie Hayes catches a cinder in his eye. The eye will become infected and though he finishes the season he loses the sight in the eye. In 1943 he will lose the sight in both eyes.
Trying to see if a new "dead ball" is better than the existing one the new sphere is tried in a game between the Red Sox and the Senators. The Sox outslug the Nats 13-12 as Cronin drives in 6 runs. Last week the ball was used in a game between the Giants and Bees with much the same result. On April 12 the White Sox and Pirates will test the new ball with the Sox winning 9-6 though the longest hit is a double.
In a collision with C Norman Kies forty-two-year-old Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year. He had broken his right leg in spring training of 1926.
In a final exhibition match between last year's series opponents the Yanks score 4 in the first off the Cards Grover Cleveland Alexander. Then Alex shuts down the Yanks until leaving in the 8th and the Cards score 2 in the 9th to win 6-4. Both teams use their regular lineups the only teams to make no starting changes from last year's teams. The 4 runs off Alexander are the first the 40-year-old veteran has allowed in 15 innings of spring work.
St. Louis Browns infielder Buzzy Wares is "traded" to the Montgomery AL team in exchange for use of the minor league stadium by the Browns for spring training. Wares led the PCL shortstops in errors in 1911-12 with a total of 199.
Popular Boston Americans OF Chick Stahl who replaced his best friend Jimmy Collins as manager of the now named Red Sox at the end of the 1906 season commits suicide in West Baden Springs IN as the team is barnstorming their way back from Little Rock Arkansas. After breakfast he returns to his room which he shared with Colins and drinks 4 oz. of carbolic acid. There are various accounts for the reason he committed the suicide ranging from suggestions of a homosexual relationship Stahl's fragile personality given to depressions and a blackmailing pregnant girl friend of the recently wed Stahl. Cy Young reluctantly agrees to start the season as Boston's manager but there will be three others during the year.
Indianapolis trades P Jim "Egyptian" Healy to Washington for veteran P Jim Whitney.
During an exhibition game between Philadelphia's Phillies (NL) and Athletics (AA) umpire William McLean reacting to fans' taunts hurls a bat into the stands hitting but not injuring a spectator. McLean is arrested after the game but the charges are soon dropped.