February 17th

Joe Dimaggio HOF plaque

  • 1943 – Joe DiMaggio, drawing $43,500 from the Yankees, trades in his salary for the $50 a month of an army enlisted man. DiMaggio, in his customary quiet style, gives no notice to the club.






  • 1964 – Former White Sox shortstop Luke Appling is voted into the Hall of Fame in the runoff election. Appling won two batting titles and played 2,422 games in twenty years with the White Sox.
  • 1965 – Commissioner Ford Frick suspends U.S. – Japan baseball relations until the dispute over Japanese San Francisco pitcher Masanori Murakami’s contract with the Giants is resolved.

Don Mattingly

  • 1987 – Don Mattingly wins a $1.975 million salary in his arbitration case against the Yankees, eclipsing the record $1.85 million sum by Jack Morris just four days earlier.