1919 December

10th  The NL votes to ban the spitball’s use by all new pitchers. The ban will be formally worked out by the Rules Committee in February.

With the opposition led by New York, Boston, and Chicago owners, the AL directors pass a resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties. They demand that league files be turned over to them and that an auditor review all financial accounts.

26th  Although it will not be officially announced until January, the Yankees buy Babe Ruth from financially pressed Harry Frazee, paying $125,000 (one-fourth cash, plus $25,000 a year at 6 percent) plus guaranteeing a $300,000 loan with Fenway Park as collateral.

29th The Red Sox send Braggo Roth and 2B Red Shannon to Washington for P Harry Harper, OF Mike Menoskey and 3B Eddie Foster.