1977 February

3rd  The Hall of Fame’s Special Committee on the Negro Leagues picks Martin Dihigo, the versatile Cuban star, and SS John Lloyd for induction. The committee then dissolves, its functions being taken over by the veterans committee.

11th  The Cubs end a salary dispute with 3B Bill Madlock, the NL batting champ the past two seasons, and trade him and 2B Rod Sperring to the Giants for OF Bobby Murcer, IF Steve Ontiveros, and a minor league pitcher. Madlock leaves Chicago  having hit .336 for them, which ties him with Riggs Stephenson for the top Cub career average.

19th  The A’s sell P Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000, calling into question Bowie Kuhn’s policy on player sales. Kuhn had previously voided an Oakland sale of players (6/18/76) as “not being in the best interest of baseball,” but had not specified the amount allowable in a player sale.