Charlton's Baseball Chronology
Making a comeback after sitting out a year with Lupus Montreal OF Tim Raines plays in the same exhibition game as his son Tim Jr. an outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles. Tim gets 2 hits while Tim Jr. gets one as the Orioles win the game 7-6. Each Raines drives in a run.
Cardinals C Eli Marrero has a mass removed from his neck. Test results show the mass to be a low-grade malignancy.
Yankees P Pascual Perez is suspended for one year for violation of baseball's drug policy.
Free agent Andre Dawson signs a one-year contract with the Cubs for the bargain-basement price of $650000. Dawson who had offered to sign a contract with the dollar amount left blank just so he could play on the natural grass at Wrigley Field and save his fragile knees will hit 49 home runs and win the NL MVP Award this season.
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.
At Mesa AZ the A's and Brewers test Charlie Finley's idea of 3-ball walks. The A's win 13-9 in a game featuring 19 free passes essentially ending the experiment.
Two spring training games today use experimental rules. DPHers Ty Cline (Expos) and George Spriggs (Royals) both bat ninth and go 0 for 4 in Fort Myers. John Orsino (Yankees) bats 6th (1 for 4) and Jim French (Senators) bats 9th (0 for 3) in Pompano Beach. Orsino has the first hit as a DPH. Five of the nine games on March 7 use the DPH. The Angels' Dick Stuart reaches base 4 times against the Padres and the box score has 3 different pinch-runners for him(none scored). Boog Powell is the Orioles' DPH(hit 9th) and doubles in the 5th. The PR Stanley Martin scores and Powell singles in the winning run in the 7th to beat the Twins 2-1. The DPH idea will be dropped on March 26.
St. Louis voters approve a bond issue that will fund the improvements necessary to build a new downtown stadium for the Cardinals.
The Dodgers Walter O'Malley confers with Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson and other officials of the city.
The Braves get veteran 2B Eddie Stanky from the Dodgers for Bama Rowell minor leaguer Ray Sanders and a reported $60000. The Dodgers' second base spot is now open for Robinson. The Dodgers will return Sander for cash next month.
Harry O'Neill who played one game for the 1939 Philadelphia Athletics is killed in the battle of Iwo Jima.
In Havana the Dodgers beat the Cuban all-stars 6-4 in 11 innings though manager Leo Durocher is not around at the end. He is chased in the 9th after arguing with the umps. The Dodgers win tomorrow and split a doubleheader on the 8th.
Brooklyn's Larry MacPhail buys Dolph Camilli slugging Phillie 1B for $45000 and weak hitting Eddie Morgan.. Camilli hit .339 with 27 homers last season.
In the Pirates camp Art Traynor brother of Pie and Phil Morrison brother of John are trying to win a place on the team. Pie says that his brother who spent the last year in Europe is a better player than he is. Neither stick.
The Cardinals announce that their players will wear numerals on their uniforms and number them according to the batting order. It doesn't happen this season.
Babe Ruth signs for 3 years at $52000 a year. The-next-highest paid New York player is Home Run Baker at $16000.
The Giants announce they will ?y to Philadelphia for their opener. But when the time comes they take the train.
The Yankees sell righty Ray Keating to the Boston Braves. He'll go 7-11 with Boston then spend the next 12 seasons in the PCL.
The first suit for damages resulting from the Phillies' 1903 ballpark disaster ends with the acquittal of club owners A. J. Reach and John Rogers.
Rookie owner Charles W. Murphy puts the last pieces of a Cubs dynasty in place trading rookie infielder Hans Lobert and lefthander Jake Weimer to the Cincinnati Reds for 3B Harry Steinfeldt. Not a heavy hitter Steinfeldt completes the Tinker-Evers-Chance infield.
The NL releases a schedule with 10 teams including the Brooklyn and Cincinnati franchises formerly in the AA. Since the NL is expected to trim back down to 8 teams the release of this schedule is seen as a ruse to throw off the PL.
High winds in New York destroy much of the fence and blow off part of the Polo Grounds grandstand roof depositing it a block away.