Roger Maris declines to pose with Mets coach Rogers Hornsby because the veteran had criticized him in the recently published autobiography, My Wars with Baseball. In the book, the Yankees slugger is dismissed by the 65 year-old Hall of Famer as a mediocre hitter who couldn't bat .400 if all of his averages were added together.
In the first meeting between the two clubs, the Mets defeat the World Champion Yankees in a spring training game. Casey Stengel, the former skipper of the Bronx Bombers, now the manager of the new National League expansion team in New York, clearly wanting to beat his old club, calls upon veteran outfielder Richie Ashburn, who delivers a ninth-inning pinch-hit single, giving the Amazins' the dramatic walk-off 4-3 victory at Al Lang Field.
The Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Red Sox for lefty reliever Albert Walter Lyle. Over the next seven years, Sparky will pitch in 420 games in relief with a 57-40 record and a 2.41 ERA, notching 141 saves as he helps the Bronx Bombers to appear in three World Series.
The Yankees announce Britt Burns, an 18-game winner with the White Sox last season, will miss the entire season due to a degenerative hip condition. The 26 year-old southpaw will never throw another major league pitch, ending his eight-year career, played entirely with Chicago, with a 70-60 (.538) won-loss record.
On their only off-day of spring training, Indian pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews are killed when their motorboat strikes a pier on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florid. Bob Ojeda, their teammate, is severely injured, but the southpaw will return in early August, posting 2-1 record for the Tribe, ending his 15-year career after a brief stint with the Yankees next season.