1909 February

4th  John Clarkson, a 326-game winner of the 19th century, dies at Belmont, MA, at age 47.

7th  Billy Sullivan, White Sox catcher, is granted a patent for a new chest protector, nicknamed the snowpad protector, to replace the inflatable protector. Sullivan made plans for the manufacture of the new protector last fall before leaving to vacation in Ireland.

17th  The NL deprives umpires of the power to fine players and decrees that relief pitchers must retire at least one batter before being relieved.

The Yankees sell veteran Wid Conroy to the Washington Senators, opting to go with a younger player at third base. Conroy played 797 games for the Yankees, including their first ever in the AL.

18th  NL president Harry Pulliam, in ill health, is granted a leave of absence. The league secretary, John Heydler, assumes his duties. The NL abolishes Ladies Days, and sets a 25-player limit from May 15 to August 20.

The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 last season, to the Cleveland Naps for righty pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan, and $12,500. Young pitched for Cleveland in the 1890s.

26th Alfred Reach and John Rogers sell the Phillies to a group headed by Israel Durham. Durham will become president.

27th  Joe “Iron Man” McGinnity, released by the Giants, will pitch in the minor leagues for another 13 years, winning 20 or more in 6 of them. He finished his ML career with 247 wins. The Giants also release another veteran pitcher, Dummy Taylor, whose ML career is finished as well.