1917 February

13th  Tim Murnane, 64, first baseman on the original Boston NL team of 1876 and later a leading Boston baseball writer, dies in Boston.

14th Dave Fultz, president of the Players Fraternity, calls off a strike set to begin within the week. One of demands of the union was to abolish the ten-day clause, in which a team ceases to pay a injured player after he has been out of action for ten days. Organized Baseball officially severs relations with the union, leaving the players without representation.

24th  Smoky Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, is sold by the Red Sox to Cleveland for $15,000. He will become an outfielder after one last, losing start on the mound, and will play 5 more years.

25th The White Sox purchase Chick Gandil from Cleveland for $3,500.