1932 March

3rd  In Century, Florida, Boston Red Sox P Ed Morris, 32, dies of knife wounds inflicted in a fight at a party given in his honor two days ago in Brewton, Alabama. Sox owner Bob Quinn is reported to have had a Yankee offer of almost $100,000 for the pitcher.

14th  Babe Herman, a hold out, is traded to Cincinnati by the Dodgers. Catching prospect Ernie Lombardi goes with him as a throw in, making it one of Cincy’s best trades ever. The Dodgers acquire Tony Cuccinello, Joe Stripp, and Clyde Sukeforth. According to Dan Howley of the Reds, Stripp was included in the trade because he didn’t want to play in Cincinnati anymore. The versatile Stripp is expected to back up Del Bissonette, who is in a foot cast after tearing his Achilles heel. The fragile Bissonette had a shoulder operation in New York 8 weeks ago and then incurred the heel injury playing volleyball. Expected to be back in mid-May, he will miss the entire season when he incurs blood poisoning. Stripp will play 43 games at 1B this season.

16th  In St. Petersburg, Babe Ruth signs a one-year contract for $75,000. It is the Babe’s first one-year contract since coming over from the Red Sox. The Babe is the object of razzing by fans in his initial exhibition game, going hitless. Ruth had refused to play unless he had a contract, annoying some local fans.


17th With Ruth in the lineup, the Yankees wallop the Braves, 6-2, at St. Petersburg to go 5-0 over Boston.