March, 18 This Day in Baseball

  • 1985
  • On March 18, 1985, Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, who had been banned from baseball for their ties with casinos in Atlantic City. Ueberroth’s ruling will allow both men to pursue employment with major league teams. Read more
  • 1984
  • On March 18, 1984, famed batting coach Charley Lau dies from cancer at the age of 50. Lau had served as a coach for the Oakland A’s, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. Although his hitting philosophies created controversy, Lau gained his greatest acclaim for his work with future Hall of Famer George Brett. Read more
  • 1981
  • On March 18, 1981, star catcher Carlton Fisk leaves the Boston Red Sox to sign a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox. Fisk batted .289 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs in his final season for the Red Sox. Fisk’s five-year pact will pay him $2.9 million. Read more
  • 1970
  • On March 18, 1970, the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Pilots play an exhibition game with the experimental X-5 ball, which is reported to be five per cent livelier than a regulation ball. The Pilots beat the Indians, 19-14. One week later, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders the livelier ball to be discontinued. Read more
  • 1953
  • On March 18, 1953, the Boston Braves announce the move of their franchise to Milwaukee. The Braves become the first team to relocate since the Baltimore Orioles moved to New York in 1903. Read more
  • 1942
  • On March 18, 1942, two black players, Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, ask the Chicago White Sox for a tryout. Manager Jimmie Dykes grants the players a workout, but neither player makes the team. Robinson will have to wait five years before making his major league debut. Read more

By The Baseball Page
Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014


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