1929 March

13th NL umpire and former slugger Sherry Magee dies of pneumonia at the age of 44. Magee is the only player to lead the league 4 times in runs batted in and not be in the Hall of Fame.

19th In St. Petersburg, the Yankees beat the Braves, 6-5, in 10 innings on Tony Lazzeri’s 2-out hit. It is the third win for New York in the “Sunshine City Series” with Boston. Pitching for the Yankees, the unrelated Thomas boys—Fay and Myles—keep Boston in the game by issuing 9 base on balls and both falling on bunts laid down by the Braves hitters. Fay issues two bases-loaded walks, while Myles allows one.

In Los Angeles, the Cubs take the rubber game in their series with Los Angeles, winning 11-3, behind the pitching of minor league vet Trader Horne and Hank Grampp. The righty Grampp is the Cubs regular batting practice pitcher.

24th Portland’s (PCL) Denny Williams is killed and 3 other players injured when their car is struck by another car. They were driving from San Diego to spring training in Santa Ana. On March 31 PCL player Clyde Nance dies in an auto accident near Merced, California. Nance is a pitcher with the SF Missions.