Today in Baseball History: March 25th
On March 25, 1989, the Pittsburgh Pirates make one of their better trades in recent memory, acquiring shortstop Jay Bell from the Cleveland Indians for fellow shortstop Felix Fermin. Bell will serve as the Pirates’ starting shortstop for eight seasons, twice leading the National League in fielding percentage.
On March 25, 1985, a judge in Illinois rules that state laws prohibiting night baseball at Wrigley Field are constitutional. The Chicago Cubs had previously sued to have the laws overturned after major league baseball took away one of the Cubs’ home games during the 1984 National League Championship Series.
On March 25, 1981, the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies acquire veteran outfielder Gary Matthews from the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Bob Walk. Matthews will hit .301 and compile a .404 on-base percentage, but will play in only 101 games in his first season with the Phillies.
On March 25, 1965, Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski of the Pittsburgh Pirates suffers a broken bone in his right foot. The injury will sideline the Gold Glove second baseman until May, allowing him to play in only 130 games for the Pirates.
On March 25, 1951, Hall of Famer Eddie Collins dies at the age of 63. Collins batted .333 and stole 744 bases over a 25-year career. He batted .328 in six World Series with the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia A’s.
On March 25, 1910, the Chalmers Auto Company of Detroit agrees to award a new car to the player who owns the highest average at season’s end. Nap Lajoie will win a disputed batting title over Ty Cobb in a controversial finish, but Chalmers will award cars to both men in an effort to save face.