1925 December

9th  The AL extends Ban Johnson’s contract to 1935 and gives him a raise to $40,000.

Nap Lajoie is named commissioner of the Ohio-Pennsylvania League.

Cards’ player-manager Rogers Hornsby is named the MVP in the NL, gathering 73 out of a possible 80 votes. Hornsby was runner-up in 1924 to Dazzy Vance. Other strong contenders are Kiki Cuyler, the Pirates top hitter at .357; the Giants’ George Kelly; Pirates’ SS Glenn Wright; Brooklyn’s Dazzy Vance; and Dave Bancroft, who hit .319 and topped NL shortstops in fielding average while managing the 5th-place Braves.

10th  The A’s pick up veteran SS Bill Wambsganss from the Red Sox.

The AL goes on record as opposing the use of resin by pitchers, but the joint rules committee finally votes it in, 5-3. The committee also agrees that future WS games are set to start at 1:30 p.m.; 2nd-place money withheld from the 8 Black Sox in 1920 is distributed to the other 1920 White Sox; and players signed by August 31st are declared eligible for WS play. Finally, no times at-bat will be charged in a fly ball advances a runner to 2B or 3B, as well as home.

23rd The New York Times reports that “Shufflin’ Phil” Douglas filed a $100,000 lawsuit against a Pittsburgh sportswriter named Joe Ward for an allegedly libelous article he wrote about Douglas in the January 1925 issue of Baseball Magazine.

30th At the ML Winter Meetings in New York, the Phils trade P Jimmy Ring to the Giants for pitchers Jack Bentley and Wayland Dean. The Giants had originally purchased Dean out of the American Association for $50,000, and Bentley from the Baltimore Orioles for $65,000. The Phils plan on using Bentley as a pitcher/first baseman, but he’ll prove a dud at both and be waived back to New York next September. Ring will ring up 11 victories for New York before going to St. Louis with Frisch. Dean will be no Dizzy in Philley.

ML owners agree to end the season by September 26, but the scheduling committee will run into problems, mostly with the Sunday ban, and they will end up agreeing that September 29 is the best finish they can do.

The Browns beat out the Giants in signing Ernie Nevers, Stanford football all-American. The much-heralded Nevers, a college pitcher, will go 6-12 in three years with St. Louis, but make both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In January, he plays with the Jacksonville All-Stars against Red Grange and the touring Chicago Bears. The Bears win, 19-6, but Nevers out-plays Grange, rushing for 46 yards, completing 8 of 16 passes, punting for a 53.3 yard average, and intercepting two passes. He scores Jacksonville’s only touchdown. Later this winter, he plays professional basketball in Chicago.

31st The Browns claim Charley Robertson on waivers from the White Sox. Robertson has never been the same since his 1922 no-hitter, and age will not change that.