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 August 29, 1977, Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals becomes the king of the stolen base. Playing against the San Diego Padres, Brock steals his 893rd and 894th bases to surpass Hall of Famer Ty Cobb for the all-time lead in thefts.