The first indoor baseball game ever played takes place at the Philadelphia State Fairground Building. The Downtowners beat the Uptowners, 6-1, in front of 2,000 spectators.
Future Hall of Famer second baseman Jacob Nelson Fox is born in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania. 'Nellie', a .288 career hitter playing for the A's, White Sox, and Astros during his 19 seasons in the big leagues, will become the last active major league player to have Connie Mack as a manager.
All-time career stolen base leader outfielder Rickey Henderson is born in Chicago. The 'Man of Steal' will end his 25-year Hall of Fame career with 1406 thefts.
Billy Martin dies in an automobile accident as a passenger on an icy road near his home in Binghamton, New York. An unconfirmed rumor, denied by George Steinbrenner, had the 61 year-old ready to become the Yankees' manager for a sixth time, replacing Bucky Dent if the team faltered at the start the 1990 season.
Signing a one-year, $4.7 million contract to play for the Yomiuri Giants, Hideki Matsui became the highest-paid player in Japanese baseball history. The outfielder's salary surpasses the $4 million mark the Orix Blue Wave gave Ichiro Suzuki for the 2000 season.