March 20, 1958
The Phillies purchase Joe Collins from the Yankees, but he decides to retire rather than report to Philadelphia. The 34-year-old first baseman, who spent his entire 10-year career with New York and appeared in seven World Series with the team, finishes with a lifetime .256 batting average.
March 19, 1957
In what is believed to be the largest offer for a player to date, the Indians reject Boston’s offer of $1 million for Herb Score. Cleveland General Manager Hank Greenberg says that the team is interested in building for the future, not in selling its best ballplayers. Six weeks later Score is struck in the eye by a Gil McDougald line drive.
March 28, 1985
Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, who had been banned from association with organized baseball by Bowie Kuhn due to their employment by Atlantic City casinos.
March 17, 1946
In Daytona Beach, the Dodgers take the field against their minor-league farm team, the Montreal Royals. With Jackie Robinson in the lineup for Montreal, the game marks the first appearance of an integrated team in organized baseball in this century. More than 40 years later, the field will be renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
March 16, 2010
Former L.A. outfielder Willie Davis, the team leader in hits, extra-base hits, and runs, is fondly remembered by his family and friends, including many teammates, in a memorial service held at Dodger Stadium. The 69-year-old, known as 3 Dog, was found dead in his home last week.
March 15, 1975
The Dodgers sign their once arch-nemesis Juan Marichal as a free agent. After two regular-season outings, including a loss to Cincinnati, the former San Francisco superstar and future Hall of Famer will retire in mid-April.
March 14, 1954
Hank Aaron, filling in for Bobby Thomson, who broke his ankle yesterday, starts his first game wearing a Braves uniform. The 20-year-old from Mobile, Alabama, collects three hits, including a home run, in the spring training game against Boston, which prompts the club to offer him a major league contract.
March 23, 1915
“Help me, Lads, I’m covered with my own blood!” – Wilbert Robinson’s reaction before quickly realizing the fluid dripping down from his chest is grapefruit juice.
Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson, thinking he is going to catch a baseball dropped from a plane, is surprised and splattered when the sphere turns out to be a grapefruit. Although legend has it that Casey Stengel is behind the prank, the pilot, Ruth Law, a pioneer in American aviation, substituted part of her lunch when she realized she forgot to bring a baseball.
March 12, 1971
The Cubs’ catcher Randy Hundley suffers a badly sprained knee and will play only nine games this season. In 1968, Hundley caught 160 games for Chicago – starting 156 of those contests – and played every inning in 146.
March 11, 1901
John McGraw, manager of new American League’s Orioles, signs Charlie Grant, trying to pass off the black infielder as a Cherokee Indian named Tokohoma. McGraw’s scheme to secretly integrate the major leagues unravels in Chicago when White Sox president Charles Comiskey objects to Baltimore’s new player, after recognizing the true identity of the team’s second baseman.