7th Commissioner Ford Frick states that he favors legalization of the spitter, “a great pitch and one of the easiest to throw.
Mexican millionaire Jorge Pasquel dies in a private plane crash. Pasquel and his brother started a fight with MLB in 1946 when he signed major leaguers like Danny Gardella, Sal Maglie and Mickey Owen to play in the Mexican League. The league dissolved in 1953 and its remnants merged into organized baseball.
10th In Clearwater, Robin Roberts throws the ceremonial first pitch before the first game at Jack Russell Stadium, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2, before a crowd of 4,209 fans. The cozy park is named for a former major league pitcher and city commissioner.
19th The Cubs sell P Dave Cole to the Phillies. Apprised of the sale, Cole remarks, “That’s too bad. They’re the only team I can beat.”
In a spring training match at Los Angeles’s Wrigley Field, Willie Mays hits three home runs on consecutive at bats in a 4-2 Giant win over the Indians. Mays first shot was over the 345-foot sign in left center, the second was into the right-centerfield bleachers and the third over the screen in right field.
20th While the Cubs are in Arizona beating their LA farm team, 7–0, major league baseball is played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. In a rematch of last year’s World Series, the Giants beat the Indians again, 7–3. Mays and Rhodes hit homers for New York, while Ralph Kiner’s 9th inning homer is the first score for Cleveland. A crowd of 24,434 is on hand.
22nd At Terry Park in Ft. Myers, Pirate rookie Roberto Clemente reveals the future when he lines a 425-foot triple off White Sox vet Morrie Martin in the 3rd. Clemente tries to stretch it to a homer and is an easy out.
30th The Yanks sell P Ewell Blackwell and Tom Gorman, plus reserve IF Dick Kryhoski, to the Kansas City Athletics, now in the AL, for $50,000.