1979 March

7th  The Special Veterans Committee selects Warren Giles and slugger Hack Wilson for the Hall of Fame.

The exhibition season opens with semipro and amateur umpires in place of ML arbiters, who are staging a collective holdout.

9th  Commissioner Kuhn issues a notice to all clubs urging that reporters, regardless of sex, be treated equally in the matter of access to locker rooms.

15th  The Red Sox sell Jim Dwyer to the Giants.

18thIn Dallas, former pitcher Percy Jones dies at the age of 80.  Percy pitched for three NL teams in the 1920s and was the talk of baseball in 1928 when he reportedly inherited a half million dollars while pitching for the Cubs. In 1931, while a player with Columbus, he fell out of a third story window and broke his back. He spent the rest of his life in a wheel chair.

26th  The Padres and Giants announce that the 1980 exhibition series between the 2 teams will be played in Tokyo. But Giants owner Bob Lurie leaves the decision up to his players and they reject the agreement.

27th  The Phillies trade 3B Richie Hebner and 2B Jose Moreno to the Mets for P Nino Espinosa.

30th  Fifty of 52 ML umpires meet in Chicago and reject new offers from the AL and NL.