1918 February

11th  The Red Sox announce that Ed Barrow is their new manager, replacing Jack Barry who enlisted in the military the previous November. With the announcement, Barrow also formerly resigns as president of the International League. The major leagues now have no player-managers.

14th In a move that surprises no one, the Senators sell catcher John Henry to the Boston Braves, ending his career in the American League. Henry had incurred the wrath of AL prexy Ban Johnson by urging his Senator team-mates to join the fledgling Base Ball Players Fraternity in a strike against the Major Leagues. Johnson promised to crush union saying, “We propose to lay a strong hand on Henry and others like him.” Which he did. Henry was forced to take a decrease in pay from his annual salary of $4600.

20th   Connie Mack alarms Philadelphia by dealing Stuffy McInnis, the last player in his $100,000 infield, to Boston for players to be announced. The furor dies down when Mack announces he has received 3B Larry Gardner, OF Clarence “Tilly” Walker, and C Hick Cady.

23rd  Barney Dreyfuss of the Rules Committee launches a campaign to ban the spitter. He will succeed next year.