On January 5, 1963, Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby dies at the age of 66 from a heart attack. A hard-hitting second baseman, Hornsby batted .358 over a 23-year major league career. Hornsby had most recently served as a coach and scout for the New York Mets.
On December 25, 1989, former New York Yankees and Oakland A’s manager Billy Martin dies in a car accident at the age of 51. Martin, a five-time Yankee manager under owner George Steinbrenner, was rumored to be a candidate to replace current Yankee skipper Lou Piniella. During a 16-year career, Martin forged a record of 1253-1013, led his teams to five divisional titles, and guided the Yankees to the 1977 World Championship.
On July 28, 1976, John “Blue Moon” Odom and Francisco Barrios of the Chicago White Sox combine to pitch a no-hitter against the Oakland A’s. Odom walks nine batters in what turns out to be his last major league victory.