1974 March

11th  With Hank Aaron needing only one HR to tie Babe Ruth’s career record (714), Atlanta plans to save the event for a home audience by benching him on the road. Commissioner Kuhn plans otherwise, ordering the Braves to start Aaron in at least 2 of the team’s 3 season-opening games in Cincinnati.

15th  Giants 24-game winner Ron Bryant is injured in a swimming pool accident in Yuma, AZ. His record will drop to 3-15 and he will never again be a consistent winner.

18thAt Pompano Beach, country singer Charlie Pride plays for the Texas Rangers against Jim Palmer and the Orioles. The former Negro Leaguer grounds out and singles in 2 at-bats, as the O’s coast, 14–2.

19th  In a 3-team deal involving the Indians, Tigers, and Yankees, P Jim Perry joins his pitching brother, Gaylord, in Cleveland. P Ed Farmer and OF No Neck Williams end up on the Yankees, while C Gerry Moses goes to the Motor City.

23rdThe Yankees purchase OF Elliot Maddox from the Rangers for $60,000. Maddox proved to be a great defensive outfielder as well as hitting .303 in 1974.

The Cubs send OF Jim Hickman to the Cardinals for P Scipio Spinks.

26th  Boston releases future Hall of Famer SS Luis Aparicio, who retires, and DH Orlando Cepeda, who will sign with the Royals.