1923 December

6th  While in Paris, John McGraw announces plans for a tour of Europe by the Giants and White Sox in 1924, as world interest in baseball grows. In Romania, Queen Marie will throw out the first ball to mark the game’s debut in July.

9th  Traveling to Chicago for the ML meetings, Wild Bill Donovan, New Haven manager, is killed when the 20th Century Limited train crashes at Forsyth, New York. Donovan was a pitcher for Detroit and respected ML manager for the Yankees and Phils. New Haven president George Weiss had swapped berths with Donovan, taking the top bunk, and he escapes with a minor injury. Phils owner William F. Baker and NL president John Heydler are also on the train, but they are unhurt. In all, nine die.

11th Considered a troublemaker, the Yankees sell Carl Mays (5–2) to the Reds for $7500. The submariner, who was not used in the WS, will win 20 for the Reds next season.

13th The Braves acquire 2B Cotton Tierney from the Phils for SS Hod Ford and OF Ray Powell. Powell is later replaced by OF Al Nixon.

15th  Al Szymanski, 21, who signed with his hometown Milwaukee club in the spring and was farmed out to Shreveport, is traded. Connie Mack secured the rights to his contract while he was at Shreveport; at the end of the season he reported to Milwaukee and hit .398 in 24 games. Scorekeepers change his name to Simmons. The A’s send IF Heinie Scheer and outfielders Wid Matthews and Frank “Beauty” McGowan to Milwaukee for the Simmons sleeper.