December 1901

3rd  At the league meeting, the Milwaukee franchise is officially dropped from the AL and is replaced by the St. Louis Browns. “Messrs. Comiskey, Shibe and Postal were appointed a committee to perfect the transfer of the Milwaukee club and franchise to St. Louis.” Second day – “. . . the greater part of the time was consumed in adjusting the various details connected with the transfer of the Milwaukee team and franchise to St. Louis, with the Killilea brothers, of Milwaukee, as the principal owners of the new club” (1902 Reach Baseball Guide).

The Reach Guide of 1902 also states, somewhat contradictorily, “In St. Louis also there was an important shift, the Killileas, of Milwaukee, disposing of their entire holdings to a local syndicate of wealthy business men, composed of Messrs. R.L. Hedges, Ralph Orthwein and R. Gardner. The club was then reorganized as the ‘St. Louis American League Base Ball Company,’ with $50,000 capital, and with Messrs. Orthwein, Hedges, McDiarmid, Bruce and Gardner as Directors.” Ralph Orthwein, President of the new St. Louis team is described as the youngest (“not yet 30”) and possibly the wealthiest (“rated a millionaire in his own right and the son of a millionaire”) of the league’s presidents.”

4th  Kip Selbach jumps the Giants to sign with John McGraw’s Baltimore squad.

10th  In St. Louis, lefty pitcher Ted Breitenstein breaks his right arm and sprains his left when his carriage rolls over after his horse bolts.

14th  Suffering from too much infighting and no leadership, 4 NL clubs elect A. G. Spalding as president. Two days later, a court voids the election and enjoins him from serving, and he will eventually quit.