Today in Baseball History – February 18th

Today in Baseball History – February 18th

February 18, 1943

In an effort to keep the fledgling Philadelphia Phillies out of the hands of Bill Veeck, the league orchestrates a sale of the team to William D. Cox.

Ironically, in less than a year Cox would be banned for life by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for betting on his own team. He became the first non-player, and the last manager, to be banned for life from the game.

Born on this day:

1938 Manny Mota

Died on this day:

2001 Eddie Matthews

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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