1995 January

1st Major league owners lock out the 64 AL and NL umpires.

4th Five bills aimed at ending the baseball strike are introduced into Congress.

5th According to players’ union chief Donald Fehr, all 835 unsigned major league players are free agents since the owners unilaterally changed the uniform contract.

9th Mike Schmidt is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

10th Arbitrator Thomas Roberts awards 11 players a total of almost $10 million as a result of collusion charges brought against the owners.

13th Use of replacement players for spring training and regular season games is okayed by baseball’s executive council. Acting commissioner Bud Selig announces, “We are committed to playing the 1995 season and will do so with the best players willing to play.” Those willing will include garbage truck driver, teachers and other hopefuls, but also former major leaguers such as Oli Can Boyd, Doug Sisk, Jeff Stone and Pedro Borbon.  Lennie Randle, 46, out of the majors for 12 years, will hit .333 in 24 spring at bats before being cut, while Fisk will hurt his arm with the first  pitch off the mound. The Cardinals will open spring training camp with 111 players.

18thFormer American League umpire Ron Luciano dies in Endicott, New York of carbon monoxide poisoning. His death is ruled a suicide.

19th Baltimore owner Peter Angelos announces that his team will not use replacement players.

26th Players and owners are told by President Clinton to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by February 6.