1931 January

5th  Mrs. Lucille Thomas becomes the first woman to buy a professional baseball team, purchasing the Topeka franchise in the Western League.

19th  Acting under a new draft agreement with the Pacific Coast League, Brooklyn purchases the contract of Ernie Lombardi from Oakland.

20th  Joe Sewell, released by the Cleveland Indians after last season, signs with the New York Yankees.

26th  Another Oakland star, Buzz Arlett, long coveted by ML teams and long withheld by Oakland, is sold to the Phillies.

The Boston Braves release veteran pitcher Johnny Cooney (34-44 in 9 seasons with Boston). He had held out in 1930, insisting he could bat well enough to stay in baseball. After several years in the minors, he will return to the NL as a Braves OF and be runner-up to NL batting champ Pete Reiser in 1940.

The International League accepts the open draft imposed by the major leagues. Until this time the top minor leagues could control their players and refuse to sell them.