Second all-nighter of the week...it doesn't get much better, folks!
||Boston Braves' third baseman Tony Boeckel becomes the first major leaguer to be killed in an automobile accident when he dies from injuries received as an passenger yesterday in San Diego. Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel, also a passenger of the car driven by L.A. theater man Bob Albright, escapes without any serious injuries.
||Former Giants Mel Ott and Bill Terry are the top vote getters, but fail to be elected into the Hall of Fame.
||After 40 years in the major leagues as a player and coach, Honus Wagner retires. The 'Flying Dutchman' will receive a pension from the Pirates.
||Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia participate in a four-way trade that sends five players to new clubs. Joe Adcock (Reds) and Jim Pendleton (Dodgers) will now play for the Braves, Earl Torgeson (Braves) goes to the Phillies, Rocky Bridges (Dodgers) is now a Red, with Russ Meyer (Phillies) joining the Dodgers.
||Red Ruffing, as a result of getting the most votes in a run-off election, is selected to be in the the Hall of Fame. The writers, who did not did not initially elect anyone, gives the nod to the former Yankee pitcher, author of 273 major league wins, as the top vote-getter on the second ballot that listed the 20 players with the highest percentage.
||Orel Hershiser becomes baseball's first three-million dollar man when he signs a three-year $7.9 million contract with the Dodgers. The 'Bulldog' will earn $3,166,167 in 1991.
||General Mills announces a special edition Wheaties cereal box honoring Negro League superstars Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and 'Cool Papa' Bell.
||Yankee premier reliever, Mariano Rivera (7-4, 2.85 , 36 saves) signs a four-year approximately $40 million contract with the Bronx Bombers. The 31-year old Panama native surpassed Dennis Eckersley major league record with 16 saves in post-season games.
||Although banned by major league baseball for a Cooperstown induction, Pete Rose becomes a member of the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame. 'Charlie Hustle' joins 1998 inductee Shoeless Joe Jackson, who is also banned from becoming a member of the Hall of Fame.
||Baseballl’s Playing Rules Committee approves several changes making it the first time since 1996 that the rules of the game has been altered. A ten game suspension for a player who scuffs a baseball, elimination of tie games which must be halted (after the fifth inning) due to weather by resumng the game before the next schedule start at the same ballpark, players may no longer go into a dugout to make a catch, and allowing pitchers to wear undistracting multicolored glove are among new rules which will start this season.
||Speaking to reporters at the Phillies' spring training complex, a tearful Dallas Green, former big league manager and senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., thanks everyone for their support after the shooting death of his granddaughter. Nine-year old Christina Taylor Green was one of six victims killed five weeks ago in a shooting rampage outside of a Tucson supermarket.