1916 January

3rd  Former ace Ray Collins announces his retirement from baseball at age 29. Collins slipped to 4-7 last season.

4th  The St. Louis Browns are the first of two ML franchises awarded to Federal League owners. Philip de Catesby Ball, ice-manufacturing tycoon and principal stockholder of the Feds’ St. Louis Terriers, pays a reported $525,000 for the Browns and replaces manager Branch Rickey with his own Fielder Jones.

5th  The NL, happy to be rid of fractious Cubs owner Charles W. Murphy, allows Charles H. Weeghman, owner of a restaurant chain and president of the Federal League Chicago Whales, to buy the Cubs for $500,000. By putting up $50,000, William Wrigley, Jr. becomes a minority stock holder. Whales manager Joe Tinker succeeds Roger Bresnahan, and the Cubs will play in the FL’s newly built park on the North Side, soon to become Wrigley Field.

6th Leonard “King” Cole, who gave up Babe Ruth’s first hit in 1914, dies in Bay City, Michigan at age 29. Cole pitched in 10 games with the Yankees last season.

8th  Profiting handsomely on his 1913 investment of $187,000, owner James E. Gaffney sells his Boston Braves for $500,000 to Harvard’s famous football coach, Percy Haughton, and a banker associate, Arthur Chamberlin Wise. Haughton also served as Harvard’s baseball coach in 1915.

The Giants pick up Jesse Barnes, last year’s NL leader in losses (21), along with Larry Doyle from the Boston Braves. Boston receives veteran Buck Herzog. Barnes will go 6–1 this year and then win a league-high 25 games in 1917.

14th  Lee Magee, player-manager of the Brooklyn Tip-Tops, is sold to the Yankees for about $25,000.

19th  A list of 123 Federal League players with free-agent status under the terms of the peace agreement is released by the National Association.

20th  The Giants buy Edd Roush from the Newark Tip Tops (Federal League) for $7,500. Roush will hit just .188 in New York before being packaged to Cincinnati, where he will blossom into a Hall of Famer. Along with Roush come the contracts of C Bill Rariden from the Peps, infielder Bill McKecknie, spitballer Fred Anderson from the Buffalo BuffFeds (AKA the Blues), and Federal League star, the colorful Benny Kauff. The total price is $65,000.

21st  The Yankees buy left-handed P Nick Cullop from Kansas City (FL), infielder Joe Gedeon from Salt Lake City (PCL), and veteran Germany Schaefer from Newark (FL). Schaefer will announce that he is changing his nickname to “Liberty” because of the war. Schaefer noticed that sauerkraut had been renamed “liberty cabbage.”