? Joe DiMaggio, baseball's "Greatest Living Player," dies at the age of 84 following a long illness.
? Yankees trade IF Andy Fox to the Diamondbacks in exchange for P Marty Janzen and Todd Erdos.
? The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee waives election rules and inducts Casey Stengel, recently retired manager of the Mets.
? Babe Ruth signs a 2-year contract for $160,000 with New York. At $80,000 per year, he is the highest paid player of all time. When it is pointed out he is earning more money than the President of the United States, Ruth observes: "I had a better year than he did." Ed Barrow, Yankee GM, assures posterity, "No one will ever be paid more than Ruth."
? The Yankees buy 1B George Burns, 37, from Detroit, then swap him to the A's for another veteran Ping Bodie, 30. Burns will replace Stuffy McInnis, the last of the "$100,000 infield," who went to the Red Sox in January.