1928 November

6thVoters in Cleveland approve a bond issue to build a giant municipal stadium near the lakefront to attract events for the 1932 Olympics.

Voters in Massachusetts approve Sunday baseball in Boston, provided that the ballpark is more than 1,000 feet from a church. This leaves Pennsylvania as the only state with no Sunday baseball in the major leagues.

7th The Cubs get Rogers Hornsby from the financially strapped Braves in exchange for $200,000, IF Fred Maguire, P Percy Jones, C Lou Legett, former A’s P Harry Seibold, and P Bruce Cunningham. Braves owner-president Emil Fuchs also decides to be his own manager. He’ll be the last manager with no pro playing experience until Ted Turner’s one game, in the 1970s. Under Fuchs, the Braves will finish 56-98, good for last place.

19th  In one of their most important acquisitions ever, Indians GM Billy Evans sends $40,000 and 2 players to San Francisco (PCL) for OF Earl Averill. Averill asks for and gets $5,000 from the Tribe as part of the deal. He’ll play 11 years in Cleveland, hitting .316.

21st  The Cardinals sign Billy Southworth as manager; Bill McKechnie goes down to Rochester (IL).

28th  The NL buys George Magerkurth from the PCL for $2,000. This is the highest price paid for a new ump.