Today in Baseball History – February 26

Today in Baseball History – February 26

February 26, 1935

Babe Ruth is released by the New York Yankees. He signs with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and will earn a share of the profits. He will only play the 1935 season with Boston before retiring from baseball.

February 26, 1991

Bill Veeck and Tony Lazzeri are elected to the Hall of Fame.

Veeck was the colorful owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox. In 1947, Veeck successfully integrated the American League when he signed Larry Doby to the Cleveland Indians. He was known for his publicity stunts such as having the little person Eddie Gaedel bat in a game in 1951 for the St. Louis Browns.

Lazzeri was a part of the legendary “Murderers’ Row” with the New York Yankees in the 1920s. He won five World Series titles while with the Yankees and is one of only 14 players to hits for the natural cycle (hitting a single, double, triple, and home run in sequence). He is also the only person in history to finish his natural cycle with a grand slam.

Born on this day:

1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander

1968 J.T. Snow

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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