1916 February

7th  The Federal League’s year-old suit charging antitrust violations by organized baseball is dismissed by mutual consent in U.S. District Court in Chicago by Judge Kenesaw M. Landis. No appellate decision is written and it will not be until 1922 when the courts rule on antitrust.

5th Today’s issue of The Sporting Life notes some spring training roster changes for the Cubs, including a reference to the inventor (sic) of the fork ball:

“Manager Tinker, of the Cub-Whale outfit, has been busy cutting down his roster of players this week. The latest to be disposed of were Peter Knisely and pitcher [Brad] Hogg, who were sold to the Memphis team, of the Southern League. The Memphis people came here after Hogg and Allison, but took Knisely instead. Hogg is the pitcher who was with the New Yorks a while. Knisely has been pinch hitter and out-fielder for the Bresnahans, but Tinker figured he could do without him. Pitcher [Pete] Standridge, discoverer of the “fork ball,” and catcher [Jack] Wallace, a Southern League graduate, were sold to the Los Angeles Club a few days ago. There are strings attached to both of them in the shape of option contracts. Altogether Tinker has disposed of 15 players in the last fortnight, which reduces his squad somewhere near to normal, but he still has eight players he wants to get rid of before the training season begins. Most of them are youngsters, the only Veteran on the list of prospective discards being Wilbur Goode, and he may be kept if the Cub manager can get rid of some of the other left-handed batsmen on his team. Manager Bresnahan still is wondering where he will land. In a moment of excitement this week Roger let loose some language about entering suit against the Chicago National League Club.”

8th  The NL votes down a proposal by Charlie Ebbets of Brooklyn to limit the number of 25-cent seats clubs can sell to 2,000. Boston has 10,000 such seats; St. Louis, 9,000, Philadelphia, 6,500, and Cincinnati, 4,000.

9th  The NL votes down a proposal by the Giants, Braves, and Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22. (The Reds want a decrease to 20.)

The NL celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Waldorf-Astoria banquet. The NL’s first president, Morgan G. Bulkeley, is present. The chief speaker is former president William H. Taft.

10th  Catcher Chief Meyers is waived to Brooklyn by the Giants where he rejoins Wilbert Robinson. The Braves also claim him. Owners Ebbets and Haughton toss a coin to determine Meyers’ fate, and Ebbets wins the right to sign him.

In a sweet deal, the Cubs send cash to the sinking Chicago Whales (Federal League) and bring back Three Fingered Brown, Clem Clemens, Mickey Doolan, Bill Fischer, Max Flack, Claude Hendrix, Les Mann, Dykes Potter, Joe Tinker, Rollie Zeider, and George McConnell.

11th After playing two seasons in Cleveland, the American Association Toledo Mud Hens transfer back to Toledo. The franchise spent two seasons in Cleveland to block a Federal League team from moving in there.

14th  The Indians receive White Sox outfielder Larry Chappelle as the player to be named later in the August trade for Shoeless Joe Jackson. Cleveland will sell Chappelle to the Braves in May. In November 1918 Chappelle will die of influenza contracted while working with the U.S. Army Medical Corp.

15th  The Yankees buy Frank “Home Run” Baker from the Athletics for $37,500. He sat out the 1915 season in a salary dispute with Mack.

With the emergence of Joe Judge at 1B, the Senators sell Chick Gandil to Cleveland for $7,500.

16th  Energetic recruiting by Ban Johnson produces a pair of Chicago contractors to take over the Cleveland franchise from Charles W. Somers, a lavish spender at the AL’s creation but now in financial difficulties. J. C. Dunn and P. S. McCarthy pay $500,000—$60,000 less than the asking price. E. S. Barnard will stay on as vice president; Lee Fohl, as manager.