1st The Dodgers report a $24,000 shortfall in 1951 revenue, sparking a New York district attorney probe. There is a possible error in the WS and post-season play-off revenues.
7th North American P Bill Samson achieves an undistinguished winter league record by walking 14 Vargas batters in 6 innings while pitching for Cerveceria Caracas of the Venezuelan League. This negative feat also matches the ML record set in 1906 by Henry Mathewson of the New York Giants, who needed 9 full innings for an equal display of pitching wildness.
14th 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.
16th Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires after 40 years as a ML player and coach. He receives a pension from the Pirates, with whom he spent most of those years.
17th They oughta name a stadium after him. In Miami, former player Jack Russell wins the Professional Baseball Players Golf Tournament, defeating Tiger coach Dick Bartell, 3-2, in match play. Russell lost the tourney in 1936 to Paul Waner and 1937 to Wes Ferrell. Last year’s winner Alvin Dark is eliminated by Lew Kretlow, who drove the 355-year 9th hole and eagled. Ken Yount takes the minor leaguer’s division. In the qualifying round, Dizzy Trout shot a 66, 2 behind Sam Snead and Tommy Bolt, who played in December’s Miami Open.
21st Tommy Fine, North American righthander who posted only 4 ML decisions with the Red Sox and Browns, pitches the only no-hit, no-run game in the history of the Caribbean Series. Fine, hurling for Club Havana (Cuba) against Cervecería Caracas (Venezuela), wins 1–0 in the 4th Serie del Caribe at Panama City.
26th The Army swears in Dodger P Don Newcombe.