1924 February

9th       Washington owner Clark Griffith names SS Bucky Harris, last year’s team captain, as the new Nationals’ manager. Harris had annoyed Griffith by playing pro basketball over the winter, in violation of his contract, but the owner still tabbed him the job. Harris, 28, team captain, was at spring training when he received the offer by letter.

12th  The NL decides to go along with the AL in offering a $1,000 prize to the player named MVP by a committee of writers.

16th  Boston Braves SS Tony Boeckel, 31, dies of injuries received the day before in an automobile accident. He is the first active ML player killed in a motor accident. Heinie Peitz, 19th century infielder with the Baltimore Orioles, died in 1914 when struck by a car.

17th Frank Chance, signed as White Sox manager three months ago, resigns because of illness. Coach Johnny Evers is named acting manager until Chance returns, but the former Cubs star never recovers, and dies on September 24, 1924.

26th  In a golf tournament in Hot Springs, Babe Ruth is eliminated in the first round. Ruth, one of five major leaguers in the tourney, has recently taken up golf. Surviving their round are two Senators, Muddy Ruel and Paul Zahniser.