At the Philadelphia State Fairground Building, the Downtowners beat the Uptowners in the first indoor baseball game ever played, 6-1.
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 at the age of 61 in a Christmas automobile accident as a passenger near his home in Binghamton, New York.
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.