The Yankees announce they will begin wearing pinstripes on their uniforms. It will take a few seasons (April 22, 1915) before the vertical lines become a reality.
Pirates legendary third baseman Pie Traynor and left-hander Herb Pennock are elected by the BBWAA to the Hall of Fame. The Pittsburgh infielder spent his entire 17-year career in the Steel City, compiling a .320 lifetime batting average, and the 'Knight of Kennett Square' posted a .590 win-loss percentage during his 22 seasons in the majors, including a 162-90 stint for the Yankees from 1923-1933.
San Francisco trades pitcher Fred Breining and outfielder Max Venable to the Expos for first baseman Al Oliver. In August, the Giants will trade the veteran infielder along with Renie Martin to the Phillies for Kelly Downs and George Riley.
Toby Harrah is traded by the Yankees to Texas for outfielder Billy Sample and a player to be named later. The 36-year old veteran infielder, an original Ranger, will become the club's manager for one year in 1992.
The Orioles trade third baseman Ray Knight to Detroit for pitcher Mark Thurmond. The 1986 World Series MVP, after playing primarily as the Tigers' first baseman and DH, will retire at the end of the season after batting only .217.
John Olerud, a Blue Jay selection in the draft, undergoes brain surgery for the removal of an aneurysm. The Washington State University left-handed first baseman had collapsed on January 11 after a workout.
The new Veterans Hall of Fame selection committee, made up of mostly Hall of Famers, fails to select any of the 41 players, executives and umpires being considered. Gil Hodges is 11 votes shy of 75 percent needed for induction, receiving 50 votes of 81 votes cast (61.7%).
In spring training intra-squad action, Koby Clemens goes deep off a 43-year old non-roster pitcher, who was given special permission to train with the Astros. In his next at-bat, the 19-year old minor leaguer gets brushed back with an inside fastball by the 300-game winner, his dad, Roger.
Effa Manley is among the 17 significant historical figures from the Negro Leagues to be selected by a special committee for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Newark Eagles executive, known as the Boss, will become the first woman to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
The White Sox wear Northern Illinois University baseball caps in their spring training opening game to honor the victims of a shooting rampage on the school's campus earlier this month. After the contest, the players autograph the hats, which will be auctioned off at NIU to benefit a scholarship fund set up in memory of the five students who were killed in the attack.