Charlton's Baseball Chronology
Senator John McCain tells ML baseball Commisssioner Bud Selig and union chief Donald Fehr they must come up with comprehensive steroid testing plan or Congress will act.
The Yankees fine P David Wells $100000 for comments in his autobiography that the team feels tarnishes the club's image.
Sixteen members of the White Sox want to refuse to take steroid test but are talked out of it by a few veteran players. By refusing they would register as failing and the players wanted to try to inflate the failure rate. If at least 5% of the players test positive mandatory testing will continue through 2005.
Damian Costantino of Division III Salve Regina singles against Mount Union to extend his hitting streak to an NCAA-record 59 games. Robin Ventura held the old mark of 58 games in a row.
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces he is giving up baseball and returning to the NBA. Playing for the minor league Birmingham Barons last year Jordan hit .202 in 127 games collecting 3 homers in 436 at bats. He did swipe 30 bases.
The Giants hire Sherry Davis as public address announcer at Candlestick Park making her the first female to hold the position in a major league ballpark.
Travis Jackson and Happy Chandler are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Jackson hit .291 in 15 seasons as the New York Giants SS in the 1920s and 30s while Chandler was baseball's 2nd commissioner and oversaw-and encouraged-the dismantling of the color barrier in 1947.
The Pirates sell P Mark Lee to Detroit.
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 NL release its umpire evaluations particularly those of the "scabs" who were retained after filling in for striking umpires in 1979.
In Tampa non-roster player Pete Rose makes his first appearance with the Reds doubling twice in two at bats against the White Sox. Rose enters in the 9th inning and hits in the 11th and 14th scoring the game's only run.
Because it does not allow black guests the Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel and move to Rocky Point Motel 20 miles outside Clearwater FL.
Dorothy Comiskey Rigney granddaughter of the Old Roman sells her 54 percent ownership in the White Sox to Bill Veeck's syndicate for $2.7 million. Brother Chuck fails in his attempt to match or improve the bid. Comiskey control of the franchise ends after 60 years.
In Clearwater Robin Roberts throws the ceremonial first pitch before the first game at Jack Russell Stadium and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 before a crowd of 4209 fans. The cozy park is named for a former major league pitcher and city commissioner.
The Browns reveal plans to move the club to Milwaukee because of poor attendance.
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover reports that he declined the post of baseball commissioner.
Jimmie Foxx ends his holdout from the A's. The 1933 Triple Crown winner and AL MVP accepts a reported $18000.
The NL strikes a telling blow by buying out Al Johnson who has been granted the AA franchise in Cincinnati. The AA vows to keep its club there.
The IA Indianapolis Blues play the first game of their spring training tour in Galveston TX beating the Dallas team 50-0. No NL clubs will travel further south than Memphis this spring.
At Cooper Union in NYC the formation of the National Association of Baseball Players takes place with the gathering of delegates representing 29 clubs. William H. Van Cott is elected president.