1934 March

10th  Jimmie Foxx ends his holdout from the A’s. The 1933 Triple Crown winner and AL MVP accepts a reported $18,000.

12th  Dizzy Dean’s younger brother, Paul, ends his holdout. Diz predicts they will win between 40 and 45 games between them. They do even better, winning 49, with Dizzy contributing 30.

20th  All-around female athlete Babe Didrickson pitches the first inning for the Philadelphia Athletics in a spring training exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. She gives up one walk but no hits. Two days later she pitches again, this time one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Red Sox. She is less successful this time, giving up 4 hits and 3 runs in the first inning. Bill Hallahan relieves her. Didrickson does not have an at bat in either game. She will also play several games for the House of David this season. Didrickson is the second of two women to play exhibitions with a ML team (1B Lizzie Murphy played for an AL all-star team on August 14, 1922).

25th In New Orleans, Babe Didrickson takes the mound again, this time for the New Orleans Pelicans against a split squad of the Cleveland Indians. She throws two scoreless innings and lines out in her only plate appearance. In nearby Lafayette, Louisiana, manager Walter Johnson pitches for the other Indian squad against the KC Blues.

In St. Petersburg, Babe Ruth launches a mammoth shot at Waterfront Park in a game between the Yankees and the Braves. According to the Boston Herald account, the blast, off pitcher Hucks Betts, goes “10,000 leagues to right field,” carrying “far over the canvas and almost into the West Coast Inn.” Some estimates have the blast at 600 feet. Waterfront Park, known as “The Other House Ruth Built” was replaced in 1947 by Al Lang Field.

28th  In a collision with catcher Norman Kies, forty-two-year-old Rabbit Maranville breaks his left leg sliding home on a double steal in an exhibition game against the Yankees. The Braves veteran is out for the season and will play just 23 games next year. He had broken his right leg in spring training in 1926.