7th The Braves file suit against Commissioner Kuhn, challenging the severity of the penalty for tampering charges.
15th The Pirates trade outfielders Tony Armas and Mitchell Page, and four pitchers, including Rick Langford, to the A’s for 2B Phil Garner, IF Tommy Helms, and P Chris Batton.
The Cubs trade pitcher Joe Coleman to the A’s for pitcher Jim Todd, a former Cub. Todd will post an ERA of 9.10 and be traded to Seattle at the end of the year as the player to be named later in an April 20 trade of Pete Broberg.
17th Federal Judge Frank McGarr rules in favor of Kuhn, saying that the commissioner acted within his authority in voiding the 1976 player sales engineered by A’s owner Charlie Finley.
21st Mark Fidrych, the 1976 Rookie of the Year, rips the cartilage in his left knee and will undergo surgery in ten days. The injury will effectively end the fabled career of the Bird.
26thThe Athletics trade former All-Star OF Claudell Washington to the Rangers for P Jim Umbarger, infielder Rodney Scott, and cash.
28th The Rangers Lenny Randle, angry for having been benched during spring training, attacks 50-year-old manager Frank Lucchesi, sending him to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone. Lucchesi helped precipitate the incident by calling the good-natured Randle “a punk.” Randle’s days are numbered.
The Reds swap Joel Youngblood to the Cardinals for P Bill Caudill. Tomorrow, they’ll send Pat Darcy to the Cards for Mike Caldwell.