1919 March

1st  Connie Mack makes one of his biggest player mistakes, trading 3B Larry Gardner, OF Charlie Jamieson, and P Elmer Myers to Cleveland for OF Bobby “Braggo” Roth. Vet writer Ernest Lanigan predicts that Roth will lead the circuit in homers at Shibe, but Roth will be shipped on to Boston by midseason. Gardner will put in 6 more .300 years, and Jamieson will be a top leadoff man and .303 hitter for the next 14 years. Elmer Myers, still in France recovering from a mustard gas attack, owns the record for most strikeouts (12) in a ML debut, a mark that will last till 1954.

4th  John McGraw gives up on lefty Slim Sallee, selling him to the Reds. Where he will post a 21-7 season. McGraw will buy him back next year.

6th  The Giants announce they will fly to Philadelphia for their opener. But when the time comes they take the train.

The Yankees sell righty Ray Keating to the Boston Braves. He’ll go 7-11 with Boston, then spend the next 12 seasons in the PCL.

7th Christy Mathewson, back from the war, rejoins the Giants as pitching coach and heir apparent to McGraw.

15th The 2rd long-time Yankee Ray is traded as Ray Fisher is sold to the Reds. Rays Keating and Caldwell were disposed of earlier.

17th The Red Sox, minus hold outs Carl Mays and Babe Ruth, sail from New York aboard the S.S. Arapahoe. The trip to spring training is stormy and most of the players will be seasick. Ruth will sign on the 21st in New York and leave the night for Florida. Mays, unsigned will join Ruth and the Sox in Tampa.

26th With ML spring training again delayed in an attempt to cut down expenses, the Cardinals open training in St. Louis at Washington University’s Francis Field.