||Philadelphia’s Citizen’s Bank Park hosts the NHL’s annual Winter Classic. The New York Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in front of 46,967 fans.
||1987 World Series MVP and 1988 Cy Young winner Frank Viola signs with the Boston Red Sox. He’ll start 70 games over a three year span.
||Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Ted Turner, owner of the Atlanta Braves, for one year due to tampering charges in the signing of free agent Gary Matthews. The Braves were allowed to retain Matthews.
||The Brooklyn Dodgers trade outfielder Casey Stengel and infielder George Cutshaw to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitchers Burleigh Grimes, Al Mamaux and infielder Chuck Ward. Grimes and Stengel will both be enshired into the Hall of Fame. Grimes as a player and Stengel as a manager.
||Brooklyn Superbas president Charles Ebbets announces the purchase of 4.5 acres of land in Brooklyn. He will build an 23,000-seat stadium, to be called Ebbets Field that will serve as home for the Dodgers until they move west following the 1957 season.