1918 December

10th  NL secretary John Heydler is formally elected president of the league. He had been acting president since Tener stepped down last August.

18th  Duffy Lewis returns from the military, and is traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees. He goes along with front-line pitchers Ernie Shore and Dutch Leonard for spitballer Ray “Slim” Caldwell, Slim Love, from Slim, MS, catcher Roxy Walters, OF Frank Gilhooley, and $15,000. The Tigers had turned down a deal for Leonard on the 16th. The Boston Post reports that “it will take a lot to convince Boston fans that they got the best of this one.”

20th  AL umpire Silk O’Loughlin, 48, dies of influenza. He contracted the flu a week ago according to newspaper accounts and was given the last rites yesterday. His wife also contracted the disease in the epidemic but she will survive. According to The Baseball Necrology, by Bill Lee, a number of former major leaguers will die from influenza including Frank Arellanes, Ray Boyd, Frank Chance, Harry Chapman, Larry Chappell, Gene Curtis, Ona Dodd, John Frill, Fred Gaiser, Harry Glenn, Ray Kennedy, Denny Lyons, Ike McAuley, Matty McIntyre, Otto Neu, Babe Pinelli, Tom Reilly, Phil Routcliffe, James Harry Smith, Jake Stenzel, Harry Sullivan, Parke Swartzel and Buck West.

31st  Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager following the team’s skid to 5th.

Giants pitcher Fred Toney is sentenced to 4 months in jail after he pleads guilty to violating the Mann Act, which prohibits taking a woman across state lines for immoral purposes.