Roberto Clemente spent much of his time during the off-season involved in charity work. When Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, was affected by a massive earthquake on December 23, 1972, he immediately set to work arranging emergency relief flights, but the aid packages on the first three flights were diverted by corrupt officials. Clemente decided to accompany the fourth flight to ensure its delivery, but the airplane he chartered crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico immediately after takeoff on December 31, 1972.
The Las Vegas 51s, formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. They are named for Area 51 which is located near Rachel, Nevada, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, and the team logo jokingly depicts one of the grey aliens thought by UFO believers to inhabit that base.
Ryne Sandberg established himself as a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove candidate, making 10 consecutive All-Star appearances and winning nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983 to 1991. He became "interim manager" of the Phillies in August 2013 and was officially named manager on September 22, 2013.
A city ordinance prohibited the Cubs from installing lights in the residential Lakeview neighborhood where Wrigley Field was located. Bluntly stating that "if there are no lights in Wrigley Field, there will be no Wrigley Field," Green threatened to move the Cubs to a new stadium in northwest suburban Schaumburg or Arlington Heights. The Chicago City Council and Mayor Harold Washington approved a change to the ordinance, allowing the Cubs to install lights in 1988.