1914 November

1st  Connie Mack begins cleaning house, asks waivers on Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender. Colby Jack goes to Brooklyn (NL). Plank and Bender escape Mack’s maneuvering by jumping to the Federal League. Although all have some life left in their soupbones, they are near their career’s end, and departure is more sentimental than serious. Mack’s excuse: retrenchment. Despite the pennant, Philadelphia fans did not support the A’s and the club lost $50,000. Next season, the A’s will set a ML mark by using 26 pitchers (the White Sox will match it in 1952).

5th  The Court of Appeals upholds a ban on Sunday baseball in Washington, DC.

10th  In Sacramento, California Heinie Reitz, 47, one time member of the Baltimore Orioles infield, is killed by an automobile. He is the first major leaguer to die in a car accident. Braves SS Tony Boekel, will die in a car accident in 1924, the first auto-related fatality of an active major leaguer.

18th  Roger Bresnahan signs to manage the Cubs.