1911 December

1st Detroit manager Hughey Jennings is critically injured when the car he is driving slides off an icy road down an embankment. He nearly drowns and suffers a concussion, two broken legs and a broken arm.

12th  A rift between the leagues develops over widespread charges of ticket speculation during the WS, and accusations that officials of the Giants and A’s were involved. The AL passes a resolution refusing to participate in another WS until it has control of ticket sales in its own parks. The National Commission investigates the charge that speculators were given large blocks of tickets, but takes no action and releases no findings. The following spring, the Commission finds that much scalping occurred, but there is no evidence either team was involved, and peace is declared.

13th At the NL meetings at the Waldorf-Astoria, The Sporting Lifereports that “For the first time in history a woman sat in at a major league meeting. Mrs. H. H. Britton, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, remained throughout the entire session of the National League on the second day. Mrs. Britton took no voice in the meeting. She allowed President Steininger to do all the voting.”

The Boston Rustlers (formerly the Doves) are bought by New York politician James E. Gaffney and former player, now attorney, John Montgomery Ward. The team will be called the Braves because of Gaffney’s Tammany Hall connections.

14th  Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the WS be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, 10 percent of the gross has gone to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the 2 pennant-winning clubs. The NL will pass the resolution and send it to the AL. It marks the beginning of changes that ultimately give players of the first 4 clubs a percentage of the WS money.

The Earned Run Average is adopted as an official statistic.

21st In the New York Evening Journal, 80s player-manager Sam Crane picks his all-time list, in response to a list that Charles Comiskey compiled. Crane graciously faults Comiskey for not including himself, as well as for not going back far enough. He lists 20 in chronological order: G. Wright, Ross Barnes, C. Anson, M. Kelly, C. Radbourne, F. Dunlap, B. Ewing, J. Ward, C. Comiskey, B. Lange, J. McGraw, L. Lajoie, F. Clarke, H. Wagner, W. Keeler, J. Collins, C. Mathewson, H. Chase, T. Cobb, and E. Collins.