February 15th

  • 1916 – The Yankees buy Frank Home Run Baker from the Athletics for $37,500. He had sat out the 1915 season.
  • 1931 – The spring training site of the Yankees in St. Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team’s late manager.
  • 1956 – The Pirates and the Kansas City A’s cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham, Alabama, because of a local ordinance barring black players from playing against white players.
  • 1964 – Cubs second baseman Ken Hubbs, twenty-two, is found dead in his private plane which crashed on February 13, 1964, near Provo, Utah, while en route to Colton, California. As a rookie in 1962, Hubbs had played in 78 consecutive games without making an error.
  • 1990 – Owners refuse to open the spring training camps without a new Basic Agreement with the Players’ Association. The lockout will last 32 days and postpone the start of the regular season by one week.

Ron Cey “The Penquin”

Ron Cey wasRon Cey born on Sunday, February 15, 1948, in Tacoma, Washington. Cey was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 3, 1971, with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ron Cey, the famous “Penguin” of the Los Angeles Dodgers, began his climb to the Major Leagues as a third baseman for Washington State in 1967-68. Cey has played more games at third base for the Dodgers than any other Athlete in the club’s history and has set Major League records for runs batted in and home runs. He also tied a National League record for fewest errors by a third baseman and was named to the NL All-Star team six times in his first eight years with the Dodgers.

Ron Cey Stats