1914 February

1st  The White Sox and Giants play a 3–3 tie in Cairo. The next day a triple play will be made in the shadow of the Pyramids.

3rd  A joint NL-AL rules committee decrees that: a runner touched or held by a coach while rounding 3B is out; coaches may now assist other members of their team, not just base runners; the frequently violated rule requiring pitchers to stand behind the rubber until ready to pitch is rescinded—they may now stand on the rubber; base runners are now not permitted to run on an infield fly. A move to eliminate the intentional walk is defeated.

9th  Veteran umpire Hank O’Day, who managed the Reds in 1912, signs to skipper the Cubs.

The world tourists arrive in Rome where they stage a demonstration of the game. After a private audience with the Pope, they travel to Paris. They will be rained out in Paris and end the tour in England on February 26th before King George V.

11th  Declining to remain with the Cubs as a player after being fired as manager, Johnny Evers is traded to the Boston Braves for 2B Bill Sweeney. Evers will have one good season left, leading the Miracle Braves to the pennant and winning the Chalmers Award for MVP. Sweeney will sour in Chicago.

12th  August Herrmann receives a telegram from an A.M. McCallister that reads:

“If you will ascertain the true reason why Nap Rucker did not pitch against the Chicago Cubs at Chicago Aug. 10th 1909, during which game, Harry Lumley manager of the Brooklyns donned his street clothes, and left the playing field, you will not be annoyed further by Charles Webb Murphy of Chicago.” The telegram, which was discovered in 2010 by historian Bill Deane, seems to imply some sort of game-fixing by the controversial Cubs owner. The game in question was an 8-1 victory by the Cubs, the third in the four-game series with the visiting Brooklynites. Jim Pastorius, 1-9 in 1909, took the mound and loss for Brooklyn. Rucker pitched the next game, a 6-6, 12-inning tie with the Cardinals.

21st  Charles W. Murphy sells the Cubs to Charles P. Taft of Cincinnati. Taft will confirm that Hank O’Day, hired by Murphy to manage the club, will be retained. O’Day umpired in 1913 after a year as the skipper of the Reds. The Cubs will go 2 games over .500 for the season and Hank will go back to umpiring.