1947 March

1st New managers in training camps are Billy Herman with Pittsburgh, Muddy Ruel with the Browns, Bucky Harris with the Yankees, and Johnny Neun at Cincinnati. Neun had ended 1946 as manager of the Yankees after both Joe McCarthy and Bill Dickey had quit.

In anticipation of the signing of the first black players, Bill Veeck, a resident of Phoenix, had set up a spring training camp there for the Cleveland Indians. Arizona was chosen because of its relatively tolerant racial climate. During the season, Veeck will sign the first AL black player, Larry Doby, who will train at the Arizona camp. The Giants also set up camp in Arizona, while the Dodgers moved their training camp from Florida to Havana.

8th In Havana’s new Stadium del Cerro, the Dodgers, behind three pitchers, beat the Yankees in 10 innings, 1–0. Carl Furillo scores on Pete Reiser’s double, and Snuffy Stirnweiss’s 10th-inning single is the only Yankee hit. On hand to watch is Connie Zimmerman, an associate of mobster Lucky Luciano, and a racing handicapper, Memphis Engelberg. As Burt Solomon writes, “Durocher points out the men to sports writers Dick Young and Milt Gross, saying, ‘Look at that. If I had those guys in my box, I’d be kicked out of baseball. Are there two sets of rules? One applying to managers and one applying to club owners.’ When asked about if the men are his guests, Dodger GM Larry MacPhail snaps, ‘What are you. The goddam FBI?’ MacPhail calls Durocher a liar, and in a bizarre turn, later files charges against the manager with the commissioner’s office.

22nd The Phils purchase Buster Adams from the Cardinals, making it his third time with the Quakers. After the Phils traded him in 1945 to the Cards, he drove in 101 rubns for them that year. Last year he hit .185.

24th In a meeting at the Sarasota Terrace Hotel, Leo Durocher admits to Commissioner Happy Chandler that he sometimes bets on card games with Kirby Higbe.

26th Cleveland manager Lou Boudreau orders Johnny Price off the train at San Diego after Price lets loose two five-foot long snakes on the train from Los Angeles. A coach full of women returning from the American Bowling Congress is extremely upset by the prank. When Tribe owner Bill Veeck says that, “either the snakes go or Price goes,” the 35-year-old infielder’s days are numbered.