1951 March

9th  The St. Louis Browns seek a $600,000 loan to help them stay in St. Louis.

10th  The Browns reveal plans to possibly move the club to Milwaukee because of poor attendance.

FBI director J. Edgar Hoover reports that he declined the post of baseball commissioner.

12th  Happy Chandler loses his fight to stay in office by a 9-7 vote.

15th  In a 6-5 spring training win over the Phillies at St. Petersburg, the Giants lose two veterans to injuries. Eddie Stanky takes a line drive off his wrist and Roy Weatherly fractures his jaw when hit by a pitch. The 36-year-old Weatherly will finish up his career in the minors.

19th  Detroit player rep Fred Hutchinson asks that players be allowed a say in choosing the new commissioner.

In Hollywood, the Yankees lose to the PCL Hollywood Stars, 6-3. The big blow is a 3-run homer in the 6th by Frank Kelleher off Wally Hood.

In Burbank, the Browns beat the PCL Portland Beavers, 9-6, for their first exhibition win in 8 games.

21st Pittsburgh’s lefty first baseman Dale Long makes his first appearance as a catcher in an exhibition game against San Diego.

23rd  The Brooklyn Dodgers sign a 21-year lease with the city of Vero Beach, FL, for use of their spring training facilities there.

26th In an exhibition game at USC, heralded rookie Mickey Mantle propels a homer estimated at 654 to 660 feet. The shot clears Bovard Field and then goes the width of a practice football field before landing. Mantle has two homers, a bases-loaded triple, and drives in 7 runs as the Yankees flunk the collegians, 15–1.

31st Chuck Connors ties a Los Angeles (PCL) record when he hits 3 homers and drives in 7 runs in a 12–1 win over San Francisco.