1948 March

2nd  The whacky veteran Frenchy Bordagaray joins the Dodgers in Cuidad Trujillo as a pinch hitter candidate but will fail to stick with the team.

4th Stan Musial ends his holdout and signs with the Cardinals for $31,000. The next day Harry Brecheen agrees to a St. Louis pact for $16,500.

6th In an unpopular move in Brooklyn, the Braves get veteran 2B Eddie Stanky, 32, from the Dodgers for Bama Rowell, minor leaguer Ray Sanders, and a reported $60,000. The Dodgers’ second base spot is now open for Robinson. The Dodgers will return Sanders for cash next month.

29th At St. Pete, the Yankees and Red Sox battle for 17 innings and end in a 2–2 tie. This spring training contest, one of the longest ever, takes 4 hours and 2 minutes. Two years ago in Miami the Braves and Giants played 17-innings for an NL pre-season record.

30th The PCL integrates as San Diego’s John Ritchey pinch hits against Los Angeles. Ritchey, the AL (Negro League) batting champ last year, will homer tomorrow in a starting role and hit .323 in 103 games.

With 1,948 fans in attendance at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Cards pitcher Murry Dickson pitches a Grapefruit League no-hitter against the Yankees, walking 5 and hitting a batter. The St. Petersburg Times notes that only Joe DiMaggio and Ed Stewart had hard hits off Dickson. The last spring no-hitter was by Cy Blanton in 1939 (as noted by historian Steve Smith).