1908 - Ty Cobb signs with the Detroit Tigers for $4,000 and will receive an $800 bonus if he finishes the season with a .300 batting average.
1921 - Gene Paulette is banned from organized baseball for throwing games.
1957 - Major League Baseball will receive $9.3 million for TV and radio rights for the upcoming season.
1962 - The Philadelphia Phillies retire Robin Roberts’ No. 36.
1968 - Kansas City’s American League expansion franchise announces that their new name will be the “Royals.”
1978 - The San Diego Padres fire manager Alvin Dark and replace him with pitching coach Roger Craig. Dark is the second manager to be replaced during the spring.
1986 - A coalition of 13 public and private investors purchase the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Galbreath family for $21.8 million.
2006 - Alfonso Soriano refuses to play the outfield for the Washington Nationals in the team’s first exhibition game. Nationals GM Jim Bowden says that Soriano could be placed on the disqualified list if he doesn’t agree to switch positions.