1940 February

8th The Browns make one of their best acquisitions ever when they purchase Eldon Auker from the Red Sox. Auker will become the ace of the staff winning 44 games over the next 3 seasons.

12th The Dodgers purchase OF Joe Vosmik from the Red Sox.

13th The Tigers sign George Metkovich, one of four players they ink from the Tigers’ minor league system who were granted free agency last month. Metkovich was granted free agency a month ago. His arrival in spring training camp will be delayed five days after he steps on a catfish and the fin penetrates the crepe sole of his left shoe. Since catfish are poisonous, he is given an injection as a preventive measure.

15th The Tiger roster lists Hank Greenberg as an OF. The willingness of the team’s leading power hitter to switch, at a contract boost, from 1B allows manager Del Baker to find a position for Rudy York. Also on the list are Dick Bartell, picked up from the Cubs for Billy Rogell, and Pinky Higgins, who had been shopped around. The four, along with Barney McCosky and Charlie Gehringer, produce the stuff that will move the Tigers from fifth to first, although its .588 mark will be as low as that of any pennant-winner yet.

23rd The A’s waive Lynn Nelson to Detroit. Nelson was the A’s top winner last year with 10 victories, but he’ll go 1–1 with Detroit before bowing out.

29th The First National Bank of Chicago tries to force a sale of the White Sox by the heirs of the late Louis Comiskey. A local judge denies the effort of the club’s principal lender, saying that Mrs. Grace Comiskey can keep the club for their 14-year-old son, Charles II, until he is 35.