1981 March

3rd  The Cardinals sign Steve Braun who will have 5 solid seasons in St. Louis.

7th  The Braves trade OF Jeff Burroughs to the Mariners for P Carlos Diaz.

8th  The Cubs sign former Cub Mick Kelleher, only to sell him to the Tigers in three weeks.

9th  Free agent Carlton Fisk agrees to a contract with the Chicago White Sox.

11th  Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Mize hit .312 with 359 HRs in 15 ML seasons for the Cardinals and Giants, while Foster was a star Negro League pitcher, manager, and Negro League organizer in the first quarter of the 20th century.

13th  The Angels sign Rick Burleson to a 6-year, $4.2 million contract, making him the highest-paid SS in baseball history. Burleson was entering the last year of a 4-year contract that paid him $125,000 per year.

18th  The White Sox sign free agent Carlton Fisk.

19th  Blue Jays 3B and All-American basketball player Danny Ainge drives the length of the court for a lay-up with 2 seconds to play, giving Brigham Young University a 51–50 upset victory over 7th-ranked Notre Dame in the NCAA East Regional semifinals. Ainge will hit .187 in 86 games for Toronto this season, retire, then sign to play for the NBA Boston Celtics.

22nd  Orioles manager Earl Weaver is suspended for 3 days by AL president Lee MacPhail for removing his club from the field and forfeiting a spring training game to the Royals. It is the 4th career suspension for Weaver, who was upset that the umpires did not provide him with an official batting order after Kansas City made numerous substitutions.

25th  The Braves trade OF Gary Matthews to the Phillies for P Bob Walk.

28th  The White Sox and Cubs swap pitchers, with Ken Kravec going to North side and Dennis Lamp to the South. Lamp’s ML career will stay lit for another 11 years.

30th  The Twins trade OF Ken Landreaux to the Dodgers for OF-3B Mickey Hatcher, minor-leaguer Kelly Snider, and P Matt Reeves.

The Phillies sell OF Greg Luzinski to the White Sox, who will use him as a full-time DH.

31stKansas City trades Marvell Wynne and John Skinner to the New York Mets for Juan Berenguer.

      The New York Yankees trade Ruppert Jones, Joe Lefebvre, Tim Lollar and Chris Welsh to San Diego Padres in exchange for Jerry Mumphrey and John Pacella.