12th The AL’s offer to buy out the remaining 8 years of the Oakland A’s lease at the Oakland Coliseum expires, effectively blocking the sale of the club from Charlie Finley to oil man Marvin Davis. Davis had planned to move the club to Denver, but the Oakland Coliseum Board, backed by the city council, refused the league’s $4 million offer.
15th The San Diego Padres trade 41-year-old pitcher Gaylord Perry and a pair of minor leaguers to the Texas Rangers for 1B Willie Montanez.
16th Brewers coach Harvey Kuenn has his right leg amputated below the knee after 4 operations to remove a blood clot.
17th While taping separate interviews at KNBC-TV studios in Burbank, CA, Giants coach Jim Lefebvre and Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda trade punches after a brief argument, leaving Lasorda with a bloody lip. Lefebvre had been a Dodger coach in 1979 until he was fired by Lasorda.
20th Just 4 months after being fired by the Yankees for the 2nd time, Billy Martin signs a 2-year contract to manage the Oakland A’s.