1978 January

19th  The BBWAA elects Eddie Mathews to the Hall of Fame. The former 3B is named on 301 of 379 ballots.

25th  The Padres trade P Dave Tomlin and an estimated $125,000 in cash to the Rangers for aging P Gaylord Perry. Perry will win the NL Cy Young Award with San Diego in 1978. In March, the Rangers will sell Tomlin back to the Reds for a second tour of duty, where he’ll post a 9–1 record this year.

30th  Commissioner Kuhn voids the Vida Blue deal (12/9/77) between the A’s and the Reds, suggesting a restructuring of the trade.

Former P Addie Joss and former executive Larry MacPhail are voted into the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.