1944 January

3rd White Sox star Luke Appling reports for duty at Camp Lee, VA. Appling was the AL batting leader last season, finishing 2nd in the MVP voting.

5th Longtime AL third baseman Joe Dugan, is hit by a car while crossing a Boston street, but escapes with a slight concussion and a lacerated scalp.

8th Giants manager Bill Terry announces he is through with baseball and plans to enter the cotton business.

27th Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, and Joseph Maney buy control of the Braves and oust Casey Stengel as manager.