1945 January

7th In the most violent incident in Cuban baseball history, OF Roberto Ortiz of Almendares attacks umpire Bernardino Rodriguez in a dispute at home plate and knocks the umpire unconscious.

10th Baseball writers again fail to elect a new Hall of Famer. Frank Chance, Rube Waddell, and Ed Walsh come closest, but none get the required three-fourths of the vote.

25th Training rosters list 260 players who are classified 4F for military service, and quality of big-league play will decline even more from l944 and l943. But the flow of players will begin to turn around. Rosters will include Al Benton, Tigers; Jim Wallace and Tom Earley, Braves; and Van Lingle Mungo of the Giants as players returning from the military.

The Yankees are sold by the Ruppert estate to Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping, and Del Webb for $2.8 million. For that price the trio obtains 400 players, 266 of them in military service, Yankee Stadium, parks in Newark and Kansas City, and leases on other minor league ballparks. Jake Ruppert, who died in 1939, paid more than the new purchase price for the ground on which Yankee Stadium was built in 1923.