1938 March

6th  Brooklyn’s Larry MacPhail buys Dolph Camilli, slugging Phillie 1B, for $45,000 and weak hitting Eddie Morgan. Camilli hit .339 with 27 homers last season.

18th Washington and Chicago trade first baseman, the White Sox adding slick-fielding Joe Kuhel and the Senators taking the easy-going hitter Zeke Bonura.

23rd  Judge Landis frees 91 players from 25 clubs effective April 1. They can then sign with whomever they want, except for the St. Louis Cardinals or Cedar Rapids. Affected are 74 Cardinal minor leaguers, among them Pete Reiser (Newport), in yet another attempt to halt the cover-up Landis perceived the farm system caused. MacPhail makes a pact with Branch Rickey to take the unknown player and swap him back in the future, but Reiser’s ability is too great to hide.

27th  White Sox SS Luke Appling, sliding into 2B in an exhibition game against the Cubs, fractures his right leg in 2 places and will miss almost half the season. He’ll return July 8.

30th The Cardinals beat Columbus (AA), 10–4, despite three errors by 3B Sammy Baugh. Slingin’ Sammy has been fielding well up till today. Yesterday the Cards lost 1–0 in 13 innings to their Rochester farm club, managing just 2 hits off 4 pitchers. Ted Wilks was the winner.