1976 March

1st  White Sox owner Bill Veeck opens training camp in Sarasota, Florida, but participation is limited to nonroster players.

2nd  The Cards trade 2B Ted Sizemore to the Dodgers for OF Willie Crawford.

4th  In a last-minute deal, the Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth, assuring that team will stay in San Francisco.

17th  Commissioner Kuhn orders teams to open spring training camps as soon as possible. All teams will comply within 48 hours.

20th  Leo Durocher, hired to manage the Yokohama Taiyo Whales (Japanese League), is sick with hepatitis and asks for a 5-week delay in reporting. The Lip receives a telegram from the Whales stating: Since the championship starts in 20 days, it’s better if you stay home and take care of yourself for the remainder of the season.”

26th  The AL approves the purchase of the new Toronto franchise by the LaBatt’s Brewing Company for $7 million.

28th  A nearly completed Mets-Dodgers trade, involving ace pitchers Tom Seaver and Don Sutton, is leaked by the New York press. The subsequent public furor causes the Mets to abandon the deal.