1916 December

2nd  Under pressure from the Players’ Fraternity, the National Commission orders that injured players shall get full pay for the duration of their contracts. The injury clause previously let clubs suspend players after 15 days pay.

8th  The National Commission fines 51 players $25 to $100 for performing in post-season exhibitions. Among the guilty: Babe Ruth, Jack Barry, Duffy Lewis, 10 other Red Sox players, and Ty Cobb.

13th AL owners unanimously approve the sale of the Red Sox to Frazee and Ward.

14th The Cubs swap OF Joe Kelly to the Braves for coach Fred Mitchell, who will become Chicago’s new manager.