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.
1979 AL MVP Don Baylor. The only player to appear in 3 straight World Series with 3 different teams.
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.