1931 March

11th Joe Vosmik, hitting 8-for-10, triples as the Indians swamp New Orleans, 16-5.

13th The Brooklyn Robins edge the House of David by a whisker, winning, 10-9. Pitchers Earl Mattingly and Buck Greene, up from the defunct Sally League, divide pitching honors.

19th In a spring training game, the Tigers lose to the Pirates, 4-3, in 10 innings when vet Whitlow Wyatt walks four batters in the final frame.

20th  In a Grapefruit League game, Babe Ruth connects for a 3-run homer in the 3rd, his first of the spring, but Wally Berger of the Braves breaks a 6-6 tie with a 2-run homer in the 9th to beat the Yankees.

21st  The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants become the first ML teams to meet in a night game. They collect 23 hits in a 10-inning exhibition game played in Houston, at Buffs Stadium.

Brooklyn arrives in Cuba to play 5 inter squad games.

22nd  In Gulfport, Mississippi, Baltimore sports writer runs a test with three blind folded Orioles (IL) pitchers, who he asks to select the 1931 ball from balls of previous years. All three successfully name the 1931 ball, which has higher seams than those of previous years. One of the pitchers, Beryl Richmond, is so elated he throws “an assortment of twisters” in the exhibition game against the Washington Senators. Soon, all the pitchers are experimenting, with curve balls prompting manager Fritz Maisel to warble, “There sure is a difference, all right.” (The Sporting News)

27th  Finally cut loose by the New York Giants, for whom he refused to play in 1930 in a season-long holdout over salary terms, 2-time batting champ Edd Roush returns to the Cincinnati Reds.

  1. S. Barnard, recently reappointed AL president, dies at 57. He had succeeded Ban Johnson in 1927.

28th  Ban Johnson dies after a long illness. He had created the AL and been its dynamic, dictatorial leader until subdued by the advent of Judge Landis, who took office as the first commissioner in January 1921.

30th  In Los Angeles, the Cubs connect for 22 hits, all off vet George Grant, as they beat the Pirates, 18-8, and go ahead in their exhibition series, 4-2. Lon Warneke goes the distance for Chicago.

31st At Dallas, the White Sox-New York Giants game is called off out of respect for President E.B. Bernard. The two teams will call off their game tomorrow in Shreveport out of respect for President Ban Johnson. The two American League presidents died within 16 hours of each other.