1918 - Utilityman Eddie Pellagrini was born in Boston. He lost four years to the service, but still put in eight seasons in MLB, his last two (1953-54) with the Bucs, hitting .237. After retiring, Pellagrini spent 32 years as the manager of the Boston College Eagles.
1975 - Roberto Clemente and 13 others were inducted into Las Vegas’ Black Athletes Hall of Fame. James Brown hosted and Aretha Franklin provided the entertainment as Roberto, Roy Campanella and a dozen other athletes were honored at Caesar's Palace Convention Center.
2008 - In a spring game against the Pirates, comedian and lifelong Yankee fan Billy Crystal led off as the DH after signing a one-day contract with New York. He made contact, fouling a fastball up the first base line, but was eventually struck out by Paul Maholm on a full count, swinging through two more. He joined Garth Brooks and Tom Selleck as celebrities who appeared in a MLB exhibition game.
Billy Crystal & Paul Maholm (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)