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Events, births and deaths that occurred on February 29.
- 1888 - In a spring training game in New Orleans, LA, Cincinnati Red Stockings catcher Kid Baldwin slugs the umpire during an argument and narrowly escapes arrest.
- 1896 - Western League president Ban Johnson asserts that "the Western League has passed the stage where it should be considered a minor league - it is a first-class organization, and should have the consideration that such an organization warrants." Four years later Johnson will act upon this belief, taking the first steps toward moving the WL - renamed the American League in 1900 - to major league status.
- 1940 - The First National Bank of Chicago tries to force a sale of the Chicago White Sox by the heirs of the late J. Louis Comiskey. A judge denies the effort of the club's principal lender, saying that Mrs. Grace Comiskey can keep the club for their 14-year-old son, Charles II, until he is 35.
- 1944 - Deemed too tall for service, 6-foot 6-inch Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman Howie Schultz is rejected for military duty for the second time.
- 1956 - The Cleveland Indians are sold for nearly four million dollars. The team's present general manager and former player, Hank Greenberg, is one of the new owners.
- 1968 - Lena Blackburne dies in Riverside, New Jersey, at age 81. A former major league infielder and manager, Blackburne has been the source for his eponymous rubbing mud, used by umpires in both leagues to rub down new balls. He leaves the mud business to his boyhood friend, John Haas.
- 1972 - Hank Aaron signs a major league record-breaking contract with the Atlanta Braves, calling for $200,000 annually for three years.
- After being suspended yesterday by major league baseball for one year for testing positive for the use cocaine, New York Yankees OF/DH Darryl Strawberry is invited to join the Newark Bears during the suspension. The New Jersey franchise, which is a member of the Atlantic League, is located near Strawberry's Fort Lee home.
- Manager Sparky Anderson, 19th century star Bid McPhee, and Negro League slugger Norman (Turkey) Stearnes are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
- 2008 - The judge overseeing the BALCO case rules that Barry Bonds's testimony should be made public.
- 2012 - Newly-acquired Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett fractures an eye socket when he fouls a ball into his face during a bunting drill. He will undergo surgery in two days and is expected to be out for 2 to 3 months.
- 1836 - Dickey Pearce, infielder, manager (d. 1908)
- 1856 - Sadie Houck, infielder (d. 1919)
- 1860 - Bill Lane, minor league owner (d. 1938)
- 1892 - Ed Appleton, pitcher (d. 1932)
- 1896 - Ralph Miller, infielder (d. 1939)
- 1896 - Roy Parker, pitcher (d. 1954)
- 1904 - Pepper Martin, outfielder; All-Star (d. 1965)
- 1904 - Nish Williams, Negro League catcher and manager (d. 1968)
- 1924 - Al Rosen, infielder; All-Star (d. 2015)
- 1932 - Paul Giel, pitcher (d. 2002)
- 1944 - Emile Henderson, minor league pitcher (d. 2007)
- 1944 - Steve Mingori, pitcher (d. 2008)
- 1952 - Al Autry, pitcher
- 1956 - Jerry Fry, catcher
- 1960 - Bill Long, pitcher
- 1972 - Heath Hayes, minor league catcher
- 1976 - Terrence Long, outfielder
- 1976 - Fabien Proust, Division Elite outfielder