1934 January

5th  Fire destroys the new CF bleachers under construction at Fenway Park.

10th William Walker is elected president of the Cubs, filling the vacancy created by William Veeck’s death during the World Series. He is a substantial shareholder of the team but will do his best to alienate the team and fans during his short tenure. In October, P.K. Wrigley will purchase his shares and assume the presidency.

11th The Cardinals send C Bob O’Farrell and P Syl Johnson to the Phillies for P Glenn Spencer and cash. The Phils immediately name O’Farrell as player-manager.

15th  Babe Ruth accepts a cut of $17,000 and signs a 1934 contract for $35,000.

17th  Carl Hubbell, the NL MVP winner, is rewarded with a $18,000 contract by the New York Giants.

19th  Judge Landis denies Shoeless Joe Jackson’s appeal for reinstatement.

25th  Bill Terry, Giants manager, in an interview with Roscoe McGowen of the New York Times, quips, “Brooklyn? Gee, I haven’t heard a peep out of them. Is Brooklyn still in the league?” The jest boomerangs as the Dodgers will rise in wrath at the season’s end.