In the second game of spring training, Dodger Pete Reiser homers in his first at-bat against the Cardinals to begin a streak of ten consecutive hits.
Roger Maris declines to pose with Mets coach Rogers Hornsby, because the Hall of Famer had criticized him in the Rajah's' book, My Wars with Baseball.
In the first meeting between the two clubs, the Mets defeat the World Champion Yankees in a spring training game. Casey Stengel, the former skipper of the Bronx Bombers, now the manager of the new National League expansion team in New York, clearly wanting to beat his old club, calls upon veteran outfielder Richie Ashburn, who delivers a ninth-inning pinch-hit single, giving the Amazins' the dramatic walk-off 4-3 victory at Al Lang Field.
The Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Red Sox for lefty reliever Albert Walter Lyle. Over the next seven years, Sparky will pitch in 420 games in relief with a 57-40 record and a 2.41 ERA, notching 141 saves as he helps the Bronx Bombers to appear in three World Series.
Yankee pitcher Britt Burns, an 18-game winner with the White Sox last season, will miss the entire season due to a degenerative hip condition.
In a tragic accident, Indian pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews are killed when their motorboat strikes a pier. Bob Ojeda is severely injured, but will return to play major league baseball.
After a poor spring trying to make the Dodgers as a bench player, 38 year-old Dante Bichette (.299, 274, 1,141) announces his retirement. The four-time All-Star played with the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds and Red Sox during his 14-year major league career.
Eleven home runs shy of passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list, Giants' slugger Barry Bonds indicates he may not play this season. The 40-year old National League MVP, who has two knee operations and has been implicated in the sport's steroids scandal, cites being physically and mentally "done" and blames the media for much of his unhappiness.
With the same pen he used to sign his rookie contract in 2001, Twins catcher Joe Mauer (.365, 28, 96) signs a $184 million, eight-year contract extension keeping him with the small market team through 2018. Last year, the 26 year-old backstop, after starting the season on the DL as result of back surgery the previous year, captured his third batting crown, and was named the American League's Most Valuable Player.