1986 January

2nd  The legendary Bill Veeck dies of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 71. The colorful Veeck had owned the Milwaukee Brewers (American Association), the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and the Chicago White Sox twice.  He sold the White Sox five years ago this month. Veeck was responsible for numerous baseball innovations and promotions but, as he predicted, he is remembered for sending a midget to the plate during the 1951 Browns’ season. Veeck’s ashes will be scattered over Lake Erie.

7th  The Twins trade Ken Schrom to the Indians for Roy Smith and Ramon Romero. Call it a wash: Schrom will go 20-20 in two seasons and Smith will go 23-20 in four. Romero is finished at the ML level and will die in a fall from a 6th-floor window in 1988 while being pursued by the police for dealing crack (as noted by Tom Hufford).

8th  Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. Billy Williams falls 4 votes shy of the 319 needed for election.

14th  Picking second in the January draft, the Pirates go for blood lines, selecting Moises Alou.  The Indians, selecting first, take pitcher Jeff Shaw.

16th  The Twins trade 2B Tim Teufel and minor leaguer Pat Crosby to the Mets for minor leaguers Billy Beane, Bill Latham, and Joe Klink. They also trade C Dave Engle to the Tigers for IF Chris Pittaro and minor leaguer Alex Sanchez.

28th  Free-agent C Darrell Porter signs a one-year contract with Texas.