1974 February

11th  Forty-eight ML players invoke the new arbitration procedure established to settle contract differences. The first is P Dick Woodson (seeking a contract for $29,000) and his team, the Twins (offering $23,000), who present their respective cases to Detroit lawyer and labor arbitrator Harry H. Platt, who must decide on one of the monetary amounts presented. Woodson wins.

13th  Speedster James “Cool Papa” Bell is named for Hall of Fame honors by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.

18thThe Astros trade Pat Darcy to the Reds for Denis Menke. Playing in Houston for the second time, Menke will hang it up after hitting .103 in 30 games.

20thAl Dark agrees to manage the Athletics, making it his second term with owner Charles Finley.

21st  Today in Charles Schulz’s syndicated cartoon strip “Peanuts” Snoopy declares, ” I have a trivia question that will drive Woodstock up the wall.”  In the next frame: ” Who played shortstop for St. Paul when they won the American Association pennant in 1938?”  After Woodstock answers, Snoopy shakes his head in amazement: “How did he ever hear of Ollie Bejma?”  Bejma, who played for Schultz’ home town team, was the co-MVP with teammate Whitlow Wyatt in 1938 (beating out Triple Crown winner Ted Williams) before playing for the White Sox.

23rd  The Angels send veteran Vada Pinson to Kansas City for minor leaguer Barry Raziano and cash.  Pinson will call it quits at the end of the 1975 season, having rung up 2757 hits, the most ever for a player not in the Hall of Fame.