1909 March

20th Cubs catcher Johnny Kling wires the manager Joe Tinker in Shreveport that he is quitting, citing the need to take care of his business interests in Kansas City. Teammates speculate that he is still upset at president Murphy, who he blames for preventing him from buying a billiard establishment in Cincinnati last spring. Murphy accused Reds owner Herrmann of tampering with the catcher and the deal fell through. Kling owns a two floor billiard parlor in Kansas City and also plans to play semi-pro baseball there.

26th Charles Comiskey fails in his attempt to lure Fielder Jones back as manager of the White Sox, rejecting Jones’ offer to have an option to buy between 40-50% of the team’s stock. Billy Sullivan will manage the team.

31st  The National Commission rules that players who jump contracts will be suspended for 5 years. Players joining outlaw organizations will be suspended for 3 years as punishment for going outside organized baseball.