1918 March

8th The Yankees buy 1B George Burns, 25, from Detroit, then swap him to the A’s for veteran, Ping Bodie, 30. Burns will replace Stuffy McInnis, the last of the “$100,000 infield,” who went to the Red Sox in January.

15th Connie Mack announces that outfielder Rube Oldring, a member of his championship A’s team, will play for the A’s this year. After the Yankees released him in September 1916, Rube sat out last season and worked on his farm. He will sputter to a career low , 233 with no homers before calling it quits in August. He will end up as a minor-league manager.

20th Although the leagues optimistically keep the schedules at 154 games, the owners agree to halve the spring training time in an attempt to save money, The Cards open their camp at Hot Wells, Arkansas.