1919 - John McGraw, Charles A. Stoneham, and Tammany politician Judge Francis X. McQuade buy controlling interest in the Giants from the John Brush estate. Having drawn just 265,000 fans in 1918, the club is sold at a bargain price. The trio will spend many days in courtrooms fighting among themselves, as well as fending off government charges about Stoneham's business practices.
1940 - Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit players and farm hands. Citing cover-ups of the movement of players within its organization, Landis hands freedom to Roy Cullenbine, Benny McCoy, Lloyd Dietz, and Steve Rachunok from the parent roster and orders $47,250 paid as compensation to 14 players. Johnny Sain is one of 23 players who will later make it to the major leagues.
1954 - Baseball and Hollywood are officially linked as former Yankees great Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe.
1970 - Johnny Murphy, the Mets general manager who had seen his team rise from the N.L. cellar to the world championship, dies of a heart attack at age 61. Murphy was a star relief pitcher for the Yankees in the 1930s and early 1940s.
1976 - Ted Turner completes his purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves.
1987 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Hunter made his name as the ace of the Oakland A's staff in their championship years and made his fortune as one of the first free agents. Williams set a N.L. record by playing in 1,117 consecutive games and accumulating 426 home runs and a batting title.
» Major league baseball announces that umpires have been instructed to eject pitchers who throw deliberately at hitters, and not to give them a warning first.
» Plans are announced for the new United League to begin play in 1996.
» Jim Hearn wins the ML Baseball Players Golf Tournament.
» The Orioles purchase veteran 1B Whitey Lockman from the San Francisco Giants, then trade him to the Reds in June for 1B Walt Dropo.
» The Georgia Senate unanimously approves Senator Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites. Religious gatherings are the only exceptions to this bill.
» The Browns pick up 1B Dick Kryhoski and pitchers Gene Bearden and Bob Cain from Detroit. The Tigers receive C Matt Batts, OF Cliff Mapes, P Dick Littlefield, and 1B Ben Taylor.
» Bob Quinn, president of the Boston Braves since 1936, relinquishes his job as general manager, and his son John Quinn takes over the post. The elder Quinn has been in organized baseball since 1900.
» The entire Dodger squad leave New York to train in Havana, Cuba for most of the spring. Babe Phelps, a reluctant traveler and still unsigned, will leave the team in Miami, rather than take a boat, and return to Maryland.
» Sam Rice is signed by the Cleveland Indians. He will fall 13 short of 3,000 career hits.
» The ML Advisory Council allots $50,000 to develop a national championship program run by the American Legion.
» Dave Fultz, president of the Players Fraternity, calls off a strike set to begin within the week. One of demands of the union was to abolish the ten-day clause, in which a team ceases to pay a injured player after he has been out of action for ten days. Organized Baseball officially severs relations with the union, leaving the players without representation.
» At the National League's annual meeting, the Giants and Phils get an okay for new home uniforms: white flannel with a fine stripe, an innovation that predates the famed Yankee pinstripes by four years. Reach introduces a cork centered ball and the number of .300 hitters will jump from eight in 1910 to 27 in 1911 in the American League. The ERA will go from from 2.53 to 3.34.
» The National Board of Control "reluctantly" awards three disputed players (Lou Bierbauer, Harry Stovey, and Connie Mack) to the National League clubs that signed them despite the prior claims of the AA. Philadelphia (AA), assumed that with the disbanding of the Players League, Bierbauer would return to play with them. They call the signing of the 2B by Pittsburgh a Piratical" move, and the nickname "Pirates" will stick.
» James B. Billings, one of the Boston (National League) club owners, agrees to pay Kelly a $2,000 salary and a $3,000 signing bonus if Boston can buy his reserve rights from Chicago.
The National Colored League is organized at a meeting in Baltimore. Six clubs are represented: Lord Baltimore, Pythians (Philadelphia), Keystones (Pittsburgh), Gorhams (NY), Falls City (Louisville), and Resolutes (Boston).