1st Charles Ebbets announces the purchase of ground for a new 30,000-seat stadium in Brooklyn. He also announces the release of OF Zack Wheat, a future Hall of Famer.
5th Judge Landis begins a 3-day public hearing on the charges that 4 games played between Chicago and Detroit on September 2 and 3, 1917, had been thrown to the White Sox. The White Sox, Swede Risberg contends, returned the favor for 2 games in 1919. Near the end of the 1917 season, some Chicago players contributed about $45 each to reward Detroit pitchers for winning the last series against Boston, helping Chicago clinch the pennant. No witnesses confirm any part of the story, although Tigers P Bill James denies ever receiving any money, and the others named deny all charges. A week after the hearing opens, Judge Landis clears all the accused, ruling lack of evidence of anything except the practice of players paying another team for winning.
9th In a 3-way deal, P Burleigh Grimes goes from Brooklyn to the Giants, C Butch Henline goes from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, and Giants 2B Fresco Thompson and P Jack Scott wind up with the Phils.
13th The White Sox trade catcher Johnny Grabowski and 2B Ray Morehart to the Yankees for 2B Aaron Ward. War became available when Tony Lazzeri won the second base job and he will take the place of Eddie Collins, released by the Sox in November.
15th Washington veteran SS Roger Peckinpaugh is traded to the White Sox for P Sloppy Thurston and Leo Mangum.
23rd In the continuing clash between Judge Landis and Ban Johnson, the AL owners are prepared to censure Johnson. But his serious health problems convince them to change their stance and Ban Johnson is given an indefinite leave of absence instead. Detroit’s President Frank Navin is named acting AL president and the owners adopt a resolution repudiating the charges that Johnson made against Landis.
27th Citing accuser Dutch Leonard’s refusal to appear at the hearings of January 5th, Judge Landis issues a lengthy decision clearing Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker of the gambling charges Leonard levied against them and ordering them reinstated by their teams. Both are then made free agents. Connie Mack will sign Cobb on February 8th; Speaker will sign with Washington on January 31st for a reported $35,000 The Tribe has already chosen Jack McAllister as manager.
31st NL President John Heydler rules that Rogers Hornsby cannot continue to hold stock in the Cardinals and play for the Giants. Seemingly oblivious, the Cards board of directors meeting in St. Louis, voted stockholders a 10% dividend, earning Hornsby $2916 for his 1167 shares.