Ban Johnson and Charles Comiskey lease Sportsman's Park for five years for an American League team. Two weeks later, they announced the Brewers, one of the league's eight charter franchises, will be leaving Milwaukee to play in St. Louis as the Browns next season.
The Court of Appeals upholds the ban prohibiting Sunday amusements in Washington D.C, after the law, which would have allowed baseball to be played on this day of the week, had previously been overturned. The Senators, during the brief legal interval, had still decided against scheduling games on the day of worship out of fear it might alienate its church-going fans, and will not play its first home game on a Sunday until 1918,
The Dodgers name Burleigh Grimes as their new manager. The former Brooklyn spitballer will be replacing Casey Stengel, who was fired last month during the World Series after compiling a 208-251 (.453) record during his four-year tenure.
In his bid to represent Maryland’s sixth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, baseball legend Walter Johnson is narrowly defeated by William D. Byron, the Democrat incumbent who be be killed in a plane crash in February. The Hall of Fame right-hander, who was elected as a Montgomery County Commissioner in 1938, receives 47% of the vote, but cannot overcome his opponent's opportunity to ride FDR's coat tails.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Democratic candidate who broke with tradition to run for an unprecedented third term, is re-elected, defeating Wendell Willkie by a cortfortable margin. The unlikely dark horse Republican candidate had once served as the Dodgers' lawyer, but the independent-minded barrister’s involvement in politics proved not to be beneficial for a team that was in perpetual chaos at the time.
Paul Richards is replaced by Lee McPhail as general manager of the Orioles. The former GM, who also served in a dual capacity as the team's manager, will remain in the Birds' dugout for another 2+ seasons.
For the second consecutive season, Jim Palmer (22-13, 2.51) is the recipient of the American League Cy Young Award. The Orioles' right-hander garners first-place votes on 19 of 24 ballots cast by the BBWAA, with the remaining five top spots going to rookie sensation Mark Fidyrch of the Tigers.
The Mariners and Blue Jays each select thirty players in the expansion draft. Seattle picks Royals' outfielder Ruppert Jones and Toronto selects Orioles' shortstop Bob Bailor as their team's respective first picks.
The A's release Chuck Tanner from his contract, allowing him to manage the Pirates in exchange for catcher Manny Sanguillen and $100,000 from Pittsburgh. During his nine-year tenure with the Bucs, the likable skipper will compile a 711-685 (.509) record and will win a World Championship in 1979.
Derek Jeter (.314, 10, 78) is the unanimous choice of the 28 BBWAA scribes for the American League's Rookie of the Year. The 22 year-old shortstop is the eighth Yankee freshman to be honored, the first since Dave Righetti copped the award in 1981.
On the day he is named the AL Manager of the Year, Davey Johnson resigns as Orioles skipper. Although the team had the best record in the American League (98-64), the relationship between the Birds' skipper and owner Peter Angelos continued to deteriorate during the season.
In an effort to replace relievers Francisco Cordero (Reds) and Scott Linebrink (White Sox), who were lost to free agency, the Brewers sign David Riske. The 31 year-old right-handed hurler, who after a rocky start pitched effectively for the Royals last season, agrees to a three-year contract to play for Milwaukee.
The Pirates name former third base coach John Russell as their 38th manager in franchise history. The Bucs' new skipper, the 2006 International League Manager of the Year, managed the Red Barons, the triple-A Phillies affiliate located in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, for the past two seasons.
Extending a major league record, Greg Maddux captures his 18th Gold Glove, making it two more than former Baltimore third baseman Brooks Robinson and 26-year big league veteran Jim Kaat. The 42 year-old Dodger right-hander, who is considering retirement, has been selected 18 of the last 19 years as the NL's slickest fielding pitcher, with the only exception occurring in 2003, when Mike Hampton got the nod from the managers and coaches for the Rawlings award.
The Marlins trade Jeremy Hermida to the Red Sox for a pair of southpaw prospects, Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez. The move of the underachieving outfielder, a first-round draft choice in 2002, will allow Florida to cut payroll while adding pitching.
Bobby Abreu (.293, 15, 103), a last-minute signing with the club last season, agrees to a $19 million, two-year deal to stay with the Angels rather than to take a chance again on the free-agent market. The veteran outfielder didn't find a team until just prior to spring training, when Los Angeles offered him a one-year contract guaranteeing $5 million.
One of the approximately 60 rare T206 Honus Wagner baseball cards, auctioned off by the Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame, is acquired by a sporting card store owner Doug Walton, who pays $262,000 for the treasured piece of memorabilia. The School Sisters of Notre Dame plan to use the windfall from the sale of the valuable card of the Pirates' third baseman to benefit ministries for the poor in 35 countries.
The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz come to terms on a two-year, $26 million deal, that will most likely keep the Dominican slugger in Boston for the remainder of his career. Although limited to only 90 games last season due to an injured Achilles heel, 'Big Papi' has averaged 34 home runs and 109 RBIs each season during his ten-year tenure with the team.
The Mariners name Lloyd McClendon to manage the team, replacing Eric Wedge, who announced his retirement at the end of the season. Seattle’s new skipper, who spent the last eight seasons as a coach with Detroit, managed the Pirates for five years, compiling a 336–446 record from 2001 through 2005.