1938 January

10th Before a gathering of writers, players and executives in Baltimore, Jimmie Foxx, Chuck Klein, and Charlie Keller (representing the AL, NL, and IL) try out the balls to be used in the new season. The The Sporting News reports (as noted by Dick Thompson) that “. . . regarding the dead ball, as adopted by the National League, and the lively ball, as retained by the American and International Leagues . . .the NL ball has a distinctly ‘dead’ sound coming off the bat, compared to the livelier AL ball.”

18th  Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the only player to get the required 75 percent of the BBWAA votes.

19th  Larry MacPhail is announced as the new general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.