1926 March

3rd   Wally Pipp informs the Reds that he will not report unless the Yankees give him a portion of the $20,000 sale price.

5th When rookie SS Moe Berg is missing from the White Sox camp, the team explains that he is taking a law course at Columbia and will not be available until May 15. This was previously known by the Sox and the reason they signed veteran SS Ev Scott when he was released by the Senators.

At the new Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 3,000 fans are on hand to watch the Cubs drop their spring training opener, 5-2, to the PCL Angels. The Cubs are the first ML team to play in the new field.

6th   In the Pirates camp, Art Traynor, brother of Pie, and Phil Morrison, brother of John, are trying to win a place on the team. Pie says that his brother, who spent the last year in Europe, is a better player than he is. Neither stick.

11th     In a spring training fashion note, The Sporting News observes that “ . . . Babe Ruth has started an eye-shade fad among the Yankees. The Bambino is wearing a shade a la Helen Willis [20’s tennis star] to protect his peepers from the sun.”

13th The Yankee regulars lose their 3rd straight to the Yannigans, 2–0. It is the second game in a row that the regulars have been shut out. Today most of the Yannigan innings are tossed by Bob Shawkey.

The Chicago White Sox lose to the Shreveport Sports (Texas League) by a 2-0 score. The Sox manage just 6 hits against four pitchers.

15th At St. Petersburg, the Braves beat the Yankees, 6-2, for their third win in a row over the Hugman. After Lazzeri protests a strike in the 6th, he is tossed, along with Huggins and the rest of the bench.

26th  In San Francisco, Cubs owner William Wrigley says that Commissioner Landis should reinstate Jimmy O’Connell, who was thrown out of organized ball for allegedly trying to bribe another player to throw a game in 1924. Wrigley says that O’Connell’s assertion that he approached Phils SS Heinie Sands at the behest of Giants coach Cozy Dolan was a “crude joke” on the part of Dolan, and nothing more. Landis does not change his mind.

28th  In St. Paul, the American Association votes 6 to 2 to bar resin bags from the field. The AA joins the IL and the AL in opposition to the practice.