1926 November

3rd  Ty Cobb resigns as Tigers manager and announces his retirement from the game. AL umpire and former Tigers IF George Moriarty replaces him. Moriarty is the only man to hold baseball’s 4 principal jobs: player, umpire, scout, and manager.

Dan Howley is named St. Louis Browns manager replacing George Sisler.

4th  At his request, the Brooklyn Dodgers give Jack Fournier his release. The veteran first sacker will sign with the Braves and play one more season.

11th  Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager; he’ll rejoin the A’s as a player-coach. C Ray Schalk takes his place.

23rd  The Cardinals sign veteran SS Rabbit Maranville, released in August by the Cubs. He’ll start next season in Rochester.

27th  The A’s send veteran Bill Wambsganss along with Joe Hauser on option to the Kansas City Blues of the American Association for minor league prospect Dud Branom. Connie Mack includes $50,000 for Branom, whom he thinks will be a star. The aptly named Dud will hit just .234 in 94 at bats.

29th  Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager. Stories of a thrown game and betting on games by Ty Cobb and Speaker gain momentum when Judge Landis holds a secret hearing with the 2 stars and former pitcher-OF Joe Wood. The story and testimony will not be released until December 21st. Former Tiger P Dutch Leonard wrote to Harry Heilmann that he had turned over letters written to him by Joe Wood and Ty Cobb to AL president Ban Johnson, implicating Wood and Cobb in betting on a Tiger-Cleveland game played in Detroit, September 25, 1919. He charged that Cobb and Speaker conspired to let Detroit win to help them gain 3rd-place money. At a secret meeting of AL directors, it was decided to let Cobb and Speaker resign with no publicity. But, as rumors spread, Judge Landis takes charge of the matter and holds the hearings, at which Leonard refuses to appear. Cobb and Wood admit to the letters, but say it was a horse racing bet, and contend Leonard is angry for having been released to the Pacific Coast League by Cobb. Speaker, not named in the letters, denies everything. Public sympathy is with the stars, but the matter will remain unresolved until January of next year.

30th  Bill Carrigan, popular Red Sox manager who won pennants in 1915 and 1916, is drafted out of retirement to resurrect the cellar-dwellers.