The Giants trade last season's part-time manager Heinie Smith to Detroit for second baseman Kid Gleason. Gleason is immediately sent to the Phillies.
Commissioner Landis turns down the American Legion requests to discontinue major league morning games on Memorial Day.
At the age of 48, Reds' manager Pat Moran dies of Bright's disease at spring training.
Believed to be the first time that players don protective headgear, Pee Wee Reese and Ducky Medwick wear plastic inserts inside their caps during a spring exhibition game. The Dodger teammates had both missed weeks of playing time after being beaned by a pitch during the 1940 season.
Commissioner Ford Frick announces he favors the legalization of the spitter.
The major league player representatives accept the owners' position on the World Series and All-Star game television deal, which expires after this season, and the proposed minimum salary structure, which will remain at $6,000, but will be reviewed by management. The players are still seeking workman's compensation coverage by all the clubs.
The Special Veterans Committee selects former center fielder Hack Wilson, who compiled a .307 batting average playing mostly for the Giants and the Cubs during his 12-year major league career, for the Hall of Fame. The committee also chooses former National League president Warren Giles, who spent 18 years in the post, for induction in Cooperstown this summer.
The Veterans Committee selects former players Richie Ashburn‚ Vic Willis‚ and Leon Day, and past president of the National League, William Hulbert, for induction to the Hall of Fame. Day, a Negro League right hander, who played in Baltimore with the Black Sox and the Elite Giants and with the Brooklyn and Newark Eagles, will be dead of a heart attack in less than a week after hearing the good news.
Bud Selig upholds the January 14 Blue Jay and White Sox trade which sent Toronto pitchers David Wells and Matt DeWitt to the White Sox in exchange for pitchers Mike Sirotka, Kevin Beirne, and Mike Williams and outfielder Brian Simmons. Although, upon further medical examinations, Mike Sirotka was determined to be 'damaged goods' prior to the deal, the commissioner used a 'buyers beware' policy, stating the individual club must take responsibility for the information originally used in making the transaction.
In their World Baseball Classic debut, Team USA blanks Mexico, 2-0. Home runs by Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones, along with Jake Peavy and a bevy of relievers combining to throw a four-hitter, prove to be the difference as the United States defeats their neighbors from south of the border.
With a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning off reliever Colter Bean, Danny Sandoval spoils the Braves' bid for a spring training combined no-hitter. Atlanta uses seven hurlers, beating the Indians at Winter Haven 4-1.
The Cape Cod Times reports MLB has threatened to withhold their annual grant from the Cape Cod League if the six teams in the 10-team circuit sharing nicknames with big league teams, such as the Chatham Athletics, do not purchase all future uniforms and souvenir merchandise from licensed vendors, a more expensive option. The deadline has been extended until March 21, to give league officials more time to resolve the issue.