1913 December

6th  Exhibition teams made up of White Sox and Giants players make a Tokyo stop as part of their world tour and play each other at Keio University Stadium. The Sox win, 9–4. Tomorrow, a combined team defeats Keio University, 16–3, then the White Sox beat the Giants again, 12–9. Nearly a decade will pass before American professionals again play in Japan; Herb Hunter will take a team of “all stars” to Japan in 1920 and 1922.

9th  John K. Tener, one-time pitcher and congressman, now governor of Pennsylvania, is elected NL president for four years. John Heydler is elected secretary.

12th  While John McGraw is on his world tour, Giants president Harry Hempstead makes a swap with the Reds. The Reds send OF Bob Bescher to the Giants for young catcher Grover Hartley and Buck Herzog, who replaces Tinker as manager and shortstop.

The Pirates clean house in an 8-player swap with the Cardinals. Going to St. Louis is Dots Miller, a 1909 World Series hero, 14-game winner Hank Robinson, 3B Cozy Dolan, infielder Art Butler, and OF Chief Wilson, king of the triple. The Pirates receive pitcher Bob Harmon, 3B Mike Mowry, and 1B Ed Konetchy, whom the Bucs had been after for years. Konetchy, unhappy in St. Louis, will have his worst season (.249) in years, while Miller will have his best (.290), giving credence to the trading abilities of manager Miller Huggins.

The Cubs fire Johnny Evers as manager, but expect him to continue as a player. He declines.

23rd The Sporting News reports that 15 men died from baseball injuries during the 1913 season, according to a list compiled by J.R. Vickery of Chicago (as noted by R. J. Lesch). The only name given is that of J. Whetstone of New Orleans, who suffered “a broken spine sustained in sliding to a base”; all other fatalities were the result of foul tips or pitched balls. The list “does not include a major league player or even a minor league athlete of sufficient experience in baseball to be widely known.”