February 4, 1976 – A federal judge upholds a ruling by arbitrator Peter Seitz, who granted free agency to pitchers Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally after the 1975 season. Messersmith, coming off a 19-win season with the Dodgers in 1975, will sign with the Atlanta Braves. McNally will stay retired. Messersmith returned to the Dodgers as a free agent in 1979. During his 12-year career, Messersmith compiled a 130-99 record and 2.86 ERA with the Angels, Dodgers, Braves and Yankees.