1950 February

2nd The TV show WHAT’S MY LINE premiers with Phil Rizzuto as the very first mystery guest.

7th  Red Sox slugger Ted Williams becomes the highest paid player in history, by signing for $125,000.

9th  The White Sox purchase catcher Phil Masi from the Pirates. He will finish his career with three strong years in Chicago.

10th  The Reds sell Johnny “double-no-hit” Vander Meer to the Cubs for an undisclosed amount of cash.

11th Red Sox coach and former player Kiki Cuyler dies of a heart attack.

16th  Writers fail to name anyone to the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. Mel Ott and Bill Terry top the list for enshrinement.

San Francisco Seals (PCL) owner Paul Fagan starts a controversy by announcing that the team will ban the sale of peanuts in the shell. “We lose five cents for every bag of peanuts sold at the ball park, That’s $20,000 a year.” Fagan complains that it costs more the clean the shells up than he makes on a bag of peanuts. “The goober has got to go.” When fans, rival owners and newspapers come to the defense of the peanut, Fagan relents, saying, “I know when I’m wrong.”

25th  Pete Harris repeats as the winner of the National Professional Baseball Players golf tourney, beating Dizzy Dean, 3 to 2 in match play. Harris, who last played in the minors in 1930, has dominated the tourney and his success prompts a change in the rules for next year when there will be two flights. One flight will be for active major leaguers and the other for executives, former major leaguers and minor leaguers. The players also vote to stay in Miami and turn down the offer from Orlando to move the tournament there.

27th  The National Baseball Congress criticizes the bonus rule that keeps young players on a ML bench for 2 seasons.