1933 March

10th  Following an exhibition game in Los Angeles between the Cubs and the Giants, a 5-3 Cubs loss, a substantial earthquake occurs resulting in the death of 120 people. most of the Cubs players leave the LA Biltmore and congregate in Pershing Park. Pitcher Lon Warneke, when told the quake lasted 13 seconds said that if that were the case, he was better than a 10-second man. “I ran more than 100 yards and the quake wasn’t half over when I quit.” (as noted by SABR biographer Don Duren).

11th  The Cubs defeat the Giants, 4-1, in an exhibition game in Los Angeles. Aftershocks from yesterday’s severe earthquake continue and the shaking of the steel grand stand causes players from both teams to group around second base. The Giants will shortly announce that they will not be training in Los Angeles again, though this seems unrelated to the earthquake.

Rogers Hornsby, out of baseball since being fired as Cubs manager in August 1932, joins the Cardinals in spring training as a player. He will return to 2B after a 6-year absence from St. Louis and hit .325 before being released in late July.

24th  Babe Ruth signs for $52,000, down from last year’s $75,000. The large cut is significant of the Depression era.

29th  Chicago Cubs OF Kiki Cuyler, who missed the first half of 1932 with a broken left leg, breaks his other leg attempting to steal 2B during a 10-8 win over the Hollywood Stars. He will be out until June 22.