1909 January

11th  The National Commission approves owner Charles Murphy’s payment of a $10,000 bonus to his Cubs for their 1908 WS triumph.

14th With the National Commission approving the reinstatement of Hal Chase, who jumped from the Highlanders when he didn’t get the manager’s job, New York feels free to sell 3B/1B George Moriarty to the Detroit Tigers (as noted by Lyle Spatz in Yankees Coming, Yankees Going)

15th  Minor leaguer Nicholas Mathewson, brother of Christy, commits suicide by shooting himself at age 22.

27th Lou Criger sends a telegram to Boston fans expressing his regrets on being traded by the Beaneaters to the St. Louis Browns.