Greatest 21 Days
Born: Aug 27, 1951
Son of major league outfielder Gus Bell, Buddy Bell will always be remembered most for his defensive skills despite a solid .279 career batting average and a penchant for delivering clutch hits. He won the Gold Glove award every year from 1979 to 1984.
Moving from second to third base in the minors, Bell came up with the Indians in 1972 and represented them at the All-Star Game the next year. Traded to Texas in 1979, he would again be an All-Star four of the next five years. After a mid-season trade to Cincinnati in 1985, Bell at first struggled against National League pitching but rebounded with a career-high 20 home runs in 1986.
Bell was dealt to Houston in the mid-season of 1988 where he turned in a respectable .253 average over 74 games, but was released the following December. After a short reprise with the Rangers the next season, he announced he was hanging up his spikes.
He would later reveal that he suffered from epilepsy during all his major league career. Bell was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988, would go on to coach and scout for the White Sox, Indians, and Reds, and would manage the Tigers and the Rockies.