st Paul Richards of the Orioles is unsuccessful in his attempt to coax infielder George Strickland out of retirement. Richard s got the approval of the Indians, but then was unable to talk Strickland into an O’s uniform.
2nd In Scranton, a team of major leaguers defeats the North End Lumber team, 94-91, in an exhibition basketball game. Leading the ball players are Robin Roberts, with 22 points, and Curt Simmons with 14.
3rd The Reds announce that they will be experimenting with air condition caps during spring training. The caps, supplied by the McGregor Company, have an aluminum head band and special sponges.
4th The Hall of Fame fails to elect any new members for the first time since 1950.
6th Ted Williams signs with the Red Sox for $135,000, making him the highest paid player in ML history.
7th The Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.
16th In the National Baseball Players’ Golf Tournament, Senators rookie Albie Pearson beats Phillies pitcher John Grey on the 19th hole to win the tourney. Pearson had upset defending champ Alvin Dark to reach the finals. Two days ago, Don Bessent of the Dodgers made the tourney’s first hole in one in history, hitting a 5-iron on the 11th hole. Bessent opines approvingly about the Dodgers move the LA: “Brooklyn isn’t a very good place to live. It was okay when I was single, but not so hot when you have a family.”
18th Cleveland sends veteran C Jim Hegan and P Hank Aguirre to Detroit for C-OF J.W. Porter and P Hal Woodeshick. Aguirre will pitch 10 years for Detroit.
20th The Los Angeles Coliseum Commission approves a 2-year pact for use of its facility by the Dodgers.
21st Phillies 1B Ed Bouchee pleads guilty to a series of sex offenses, such as indecent exposure, involving young girls. He will receive a 3-year probationary sentence and enter a rehabilitation program until the end of May.