This Day In Baseball January 25
On January 25 on this day in baseball history, there were over 50 notable events. There were over 53 Birthdays, 33 Deaths, all on January 25 on this Day In Baseball history.
Houma (LA) Indians Bill Thomas, who pitched in all four games that his team won in the final round, is among the five persons, including two of his teammates and his manager, who are put on baseball’s ineligible list for allegedly betting on the 1946 Class D Evangeline League playoffs. The 41 year-old right-hander, the all-time minor league winningest pitcher with 383 wins, will be reinstated in 1949.
1951 – Vern Ruhle is born in Midland, MI. Ruhle spends seven seasons as an Astro pitcher, best known for taking over a spot in the starting rotation in 1980 when J.R. Richard suffered a stroke and helping Houston win their first division crown. Later, he is a successful pitching coach in Houston under manager Larry Dierker.
The Mets’ new owners are formally introduced to the local media at Shea Stadium’s Diamond Club. Nelson Doubleday will be the new chairman of the board, replacing the outgoing Lorinda de Roulet, who will play no role in the future of the franchise, and Fred Wilpon is named the president and CEO of the club.
The Águilas Cibaeñas win their 20th Dominican League title, breaking a tie with rival Licey Tigers. They top the Tigers, 5 – 3, in the finals. Ramon Ortiz tosses six shutout innings but the Licey bullpen fails to hold on as Mendy Lopez homers against Guillermo Mota in the 7th and Rafael Furcal also goes deep versus Damaso Marte an inning later to win it. Nelson Figueroa is the winning pitcher, to improve to 4-0 this postseason.
The Leones de Ponce take their 11th Puerto Rican League title, winning the first crown after the league resumed play following a shutdown in 2008. They win the finale, 8 – 0, behind the bats of 2B Andy Gonzalez (3 for 5 with a homer) and DH Gabriel Martinez (who hits 2 doubles and a triple) and the arm of Hector Mercado, who does not give up a run in 6 2/3 innings of work.
The Yaquis de Obregón repeat as Mexican Pacific League champs. In the finale, they dominate the Algodoneros de Guasave, 19 – 0, with 25 hits to 6. Marco Carrillo and two relievers combine on the whitewash while 10 hurlers try vainly to stop the Yaquis’ bats. C Iker Franco (3 R, 3 RBI) falls a triple shy of the cycle while 1B Sergio Contreras goes 4 for 6 with 3 runs and 5 RBI.
A brawl breaks out in Game 3 of the Venezuelan League finals. Robinson Chirinos of the Navegantes del Magallanes cracks a solo homer (his second of the day) off Mayckol Guaipe. Chirinos stands for a few seconds to admire the shot, which makes it 6 – 1 in the 6th. The next batter, Ezequiel Carrera, shows a bunt but is hit by Guaipe. The benches clear. Carlos Zambrano of Magallanes leads the charge from the Navegantes bench and takes swings at anyone in his way, though no one is injured.
The Gigantes del Cibao win their first Dominican League title. They beat the Estrellas Orientales, 5 games to 3, in the finale. In Game 8 today, the Gigantes win, 12 – 5, hammering away at eight Estrellas hurlers. Maikel Franco belts two homers, driving in 7, Leury Garcia and Alexi Casilla each score 3 and Carlos Peguero has 3 hits (including a home run). Mario Santiago gets the win.
2016 – The Leones del Escogido win the Dominican League championship for the 16th time, 5 games to 1. In Game 6, they top the Tigres del Licey 8 – 4, as Shawn Hill gets the win over Yunesky Maya. Eury Pérez goes 3 for 5 with 2 runs while Leury García comes up big in the finale for a second straight year (2 R, 2 RBI). Lew Ford is named finals MVP after hitting .368.
The Águilas del Zulia win their first Venezuelan League title in 17 years, beating the Cardenales de Lara 4 games to 1 in the finals. In Game 5, they win 5 – 2. José Pirela’s two-run homer off Raul Rivero gets things going, while Mitch Lively allows one run and two hits in seven innings for the win.
2019 – The Cangrejeros de Santurce win the Puerto Rican League championship, sweeping the Indios de Mayagüez in four games despite a sub-.500 regular season record compared to Mayagüez’s .600 record. The finale is a pitching duel as Santurce wins, 1-0. Adalberto Flores allows only 3 hits, one walk and no runs in six then Lendy Castillo, James Pugliese and Fernando Cruz pitch hitless, scoreless ball for the final three innings. Zack Segovia gives up the game’s lone run in the first, when Rey Fuentes singles home Johneshwy Fargas.