1991 March

11th  Jim Palmer, who is in the Orioles camp as a non-roster player, has a shaky outing against the Red Sox at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs in 2 innings. Palmer, who retired in 1984, will retire again tomorrow, citing a hamstring injury.

12th Commissioner Fay Vincent orders a ban on the use of smokeless tobacco in the Class A Appalachian and Northwest leagues and the rookie Pioneer and Gulf Coast leagues.

At a gambling trial in Mississippi, Philadelphia Phillies OF Lenny Dykstra admits to having lost $78,000 playing poker during the 1988 and 1989 off-seasons.

14th The Angels obtain DH Dave Parker from the Brewers in exchange for OF Dante Bichette and a player to be named later.

18th California hurler Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, lashes a 400-foot triple in an exhibition game against the Giants in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rick Reuschel surrenders the 3-bagger.

22nd  At Sotheby’s in New York, a 1909-10 tobacco card in mint condition of Honus Wagner sells for $451,000 (with the 10% auction house premium) to hockey star Wayne Gretzky and LA Kings owner Bruce McNall. A 1952 Topps card of Mickey Mantle goes for $49,500, tripling the pre-auction estimate, while a baseball, signed by 12 players at the 1939 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sells for $20,900.

26th  Pinch-hitter Dan Lehrman of Ball State ties an NCAA record by hitting 2 homers in the same inning in a 13-8 victory over Indians-Purdue.

28th Methodist College defeats Maryville, 43-0, to set an NCAA record for runs in a game. The previous record of 42 had been set by King College in 1902. Methodist scores 15 runs in the 1st inning, and strokes 34 hits in the contest, including 7 by Brandon Bridgers.

29th Pete Incaviglia is released by the Texas Rangers. The slugger, who hit at least 21 homers in each of his first five seasons, will sign with the Tigers on April 7.