1908 March

7th Near Lexington, Kentucky, the train carrying the Cleveland Naps is struck by two bricks shattering windows. Elmer Flick, Bill Bradley, and Harry Bay are hit by the flying glass while playing euchre, but no injuries occur. Tomorrow, the team will arrive safely in Macon, Georgia, for spring training.

16th  Pittsburgh’s Honus Wagner, 34, announces his retirement. An annual rite of spring, it will not keep him from playing in 151 games, more than in any of the past 10 years, and leading the league in hitting (for the 6th time), hits, total bases, doubles, triples, RBI, and stolen bases. He will miss the Triple Crown by hitting 2 fewer HRs than Tim Jordan’s 12.

21st  Ty Cobb signs for $4,000 and an $800 bonus if he hits over .300. He will collect the bonus with a league-leading .324, one of only 3 AL regulars to top .300 (the NL has 5) in 1908.