1930 January

8th  Art Nehf, who pitched in five World Series, announces his retirement. He won 184 games in his career, last pitching for the Cubs in the 1929 Series.

20th  Commissioner Landis bans boxing for all players in baseball following the brief boxing career of White Sox 1B Art “Whataman” Shires. His challenge to Hack Wilson purportedly prompts the ban. Shires fought several suspected bouts that resulted in his being suspended by the boxing commissions of 32 states but loses a desultory 5-rounder to Chicago Bears center George (The Brute) Trafton. Shires did win a punch out with Sox manager Lena Blackburne and two hotel detectives late last season.

26th  Carl Mays, whose underhand pitch killed Ray Chapman 10 years earlier, ends his ML career with 208 victories and signs with Portland (Pacific Coast League).

29th  Ken Williams, former AL HR champion and a lifetime .319 batter, goes from the Red Sox to the Yankees for the waiver price. He will be released before the season begins.