1937 March

13th  Lou Gehrig agrees to $38,000, plus a $750 bonus for signing. He’ll play his first game March 20 driving in 2 runs as the Yanks beat the Bees, 5–3.

14th In Mexico City, the Philadelphia A’s collect 11 hits off Cuban right-hander Brujo Rossell and beat the Agrarians, 9-4.

In Havana, the New York Giants score 2 in the 9th to tie the Cardinals, then push across a run in the 10th to win, 5-4. Before the game Cards coach and Cuban native Mike Gonzalez receives a silver plaque for his 25 years in professional baseball. The Giants will leave for Miami tomorrow having gone 3-5 with one tie against amateur and professional teams in Cuba.

16th In an exhibition match, the Mexico City Agriculture team blanks the Athletics in the first inning before caving in and losing, 34–5. Ace Parker and Bob Johnson pole HRs.

20th  At the Negro National League meetings, Josh Gibson and Judy Johnson, two future Hall of Famers, are traded to the Homestead Grays for two journeyman players and $2,500. The transaction is called the biggest deal in Negro baseball history.

25th  After four straight losses, the Phillies stop the Red Sox, 7-0, in Sarasota. Bucky Walters and Wayne LeMaster combine on the shutout.

28th Trying to see if a new “dead ball” is better than the existing one, the new sphere is tried in a game between the Red Sox and the Senators. The Sox outslug the Nats, 13–12, as Cronin drives in 6 runs. Last week the ball was used in a game between the Giants and Bees with much the same result. On April 12, the White Sox and Pirates will test the new ball, with the Sox winning 9–6, though the longest hit is a double.

Mexican police arrest Harlem numbers boss Alex Pompez, who was traveling under the name Antonio Moreno. The fugitive Pompez, who remodeled Harlem’s Dykman Oval as a home field for his New York Cubans, will be extradited to the U.S. and, in 1939, plead guilty to conspiracy in return for a two-year suspended sentence.