1949 March

1st The Browns, owners of Sportsman’s Park, move to evict the Cardinals in order to gain a rental increase.

2nd Joe DiMaggio leaves the Yankee camp to have an ailing right heel examined at Johns Hopkins hospital. He is told that no surgery is needed and he returns to Florida, but the heel will continue to bother him. The star is hitting just 7-for-31 in the Grapefruit League.

8th Max Lanier and Fred Martin, late of the Mexican League, file a $2.5 million suit against baseball. A federal judge on April 1 will deny their right to be reinstated.

13th The Cordele (GA) Dispatch reports that 2B Bill Rigney of the New York Giants has a heart attack today. It says that he is doing well and is expected to return to action by Saturday, the 19th (as noted by Bob Harris). Rigney will play in 122 games this year, his last as a starter.

17th At St. Petersburg, The Tigers and Yankees slog through 17 innings before the game is called a 2-2 tie. There are 28 walks and 42 runners left on base.

The Dodger players vote unanimously to retain the reserve clause. “The reserve clause may have some inequities,” says Pee Wee Reese, “but it is just as important for the players as it is for the owners.”

20th At Wrigley Field in Los Angeles the defending World Champion Cleveland Indians lose to the Cubs, 3-2, in 10 innings in a spring training game. The match draws 24,517 paying customers, the second greatest crowd in Los Angeles baseball history.