1970 January

1st  Chub Feeney takes over as NL president, succeeding Warren Giles, who is retiring.

14th  Johnny Murphy, the Mets general manager who had seen his team rise from the NL cellar to the World Championship, dies of a heart attack at age 61. Murphy was a star relief pitcher for the Yankees in the 1930s and early 1940s.

The Reds swap pitcher Jack Fischer to the Angels for Billy Harrelson and Dan Loomer.

15thThe Oakland Athletics trade C Phil Roof, OF Mike Hershberger and pitchers Lew Krausse and Ken Sanders to the Brewers for 1B Don Mincher and infielder Ron Clark. It is the Brewers’ first trade. For Phil Roof, it is his second tour of duty in Milwaukee; he played for the Braves in 1964, the only player besides Hank Aaron to play for both the Milwaukee Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers.

16th  Curt Flood, Cardinals Gold Glove outfielder, files a civil lawsuit challenging ML baseball’s reserve clause, a suit that will have historic implications. Flood refused to report to the Phillies after he was traded by the Cardinals three months ago, contending the baseball rule violates federal antitrust laws.

17th  ML teams select a record 357 players in the January phase of the annual free-agent draft, including top pick Chris Chambliss, by Cleveland, and Chris Speier. Fred Lynn, drafted by the Yankees in the first round, will not sign.

The Sporting Newsnames Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s.

In the Puerto Rican League, Fred Beene of Santurce pitches a 6-0 no-hitter over Arecibo.

20th  Lou Boudreau achieves the Hall of Fame, receiving 232 of a possible 300 votes in the BBWAA election. Ralph Kiner finishes second with 167, 58 votes short.

25th  Braves ace Phil Niekro undergoes an emergency appendectomy. Niekro won’t miss any playing time, but his record will dip from 23-13 to 12-18.

29thPitcher Mike Fuentes, 20, is shot and killed during a bar fight in Loiza Aldea, Puerto Rico.  Against the A’s on October 2, 1969, Fuentes (1–3) pitched the last inning in the history of the Seattle Pilots.