2nd The Braves trade Hank Aaron to the Brewers for OF Dave May and a minor league pitcher to be named later. Aaron will finish his ML career in Milwaukee, where he started it in 1954.
Meanwhile, Hank Aaron, the HR king of American baseball, and Sadaharu Oh, his Japanese counterpart, square off for a HR contest at Korakuen Stadium. Aaron wins 10–9.
6th The Dodgers Mike Marshall becomes the first relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. Ironman Marshall set ML records with 106 appearances and 208 innings in relief.
13th The Dodgers Steve Garvey wins the NL MVP Award with a .312 BA, 21 HRs, and 111 RBI.
18th In a three-way deal, San Diego trades slugger Nate Colbert to Detroit for Ed Brinkman, Bob Strampe and Dick Sharon. Brinkman is then packaged with Danny Breeden and shipped to St. Louis, and the Cards send pitchers Allan Foster, Rich Folkers, and Sonny Siebert to the Pads. None of the new Padres have a prayer, while the ailing Colbert, who set a record in 1972 by driving in 22.75% of his team’s runs, will prove that his 1974 average of .207 was no fluke. He and Brinkman will play for three teams in 1975.
20th Jeff Burroughs, the Texas OF who batted .301 with 25 HRs and a league-leading 118 RBI, wins the AL MVP Award.
25th Mike Hargrove of the Rangers takes AL Rookie of the Year honors.
26th Catfish Hunter meets with Charlie Finley in the American Arbitration Association office in New York City for a hearing to determine the validity of Hunter’s breach-of-contract claim. Hunter contends that Finley failed to pay $50,000, half of Hunter’s salary, to a life insurance fund. The case will go to arbitration.
27th Cardinal OF Bake McBride wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Bowie Kuhn suspend Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for 2 years as a result of Steinbrenner’s conviction for illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and others.