1977 January

1st  Brewers pitcher Danny Frisella, 30, is killed in a dune buggy accident near Phoenix, Arizona.

2nd  Commissioner Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year as a result of tampering charges in the Gary Matthews free-agency signing, but the Braves are permitted to keep the outfielder.

3rd  The Royals release P Lindy McDaniel, ending his 21-year career. He appeared in 987 games, second only to Hoyt Wilhelm’s 1,070.

4th  Mary Shane is hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer.

6th  Angels reserve SS Mike Miley, 23, is killed in an auto crash in Baton Rouge, LA. Miley had been a star football player at LSU and was chosen twice in the first round of the June free-agent draft.

11th  The Cubs send OF Rick Monday and Mike Garman to the Dodgers for 1B-OF Bill Buckner and minor league SS Ivan DeJesus.  Buckner will hit .300 for the Cubs over the next 7 seasons, while DeJesus will be a starter for five seasons.

17th  Kansas City releases Tommy Davis, ending an 18-year career spent with 10 different teams.

19th  The BBWAA elects Ernie Banks to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

20th  The Yankees obtain outfielder Paul Blair from Baltimore for outfielders Elliot Maddox and Rick Bladt. Blair will prove a fine defensive addition to the Yankees.

27thBoston sports writers honor Luis Tiant as the Red Sox most valuable pitcher.  This is the fifth year in a row that El Tiante has won this honor, a record for the award begun in 1952.

30th  Edward W. Stack is elected president of the Hall of Fame succeeding the retiring Paul Kerr.

31st  The Special Veterans Committee selects Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, and Al Lopez for the Hall of Fame.