1930 November

2nd  E. S. Barnard completes his 3-year contract as president of the AL. Among Barnard’s innovations have been the establishment of an umpire’s school and the recodifying of the rule book. He also led the effort to eliminate the sacrifice fly scoring rule (with inflated averages resulting from the livelier baseball, the batter no longer needed the benefit of not being charged a time at bat when his fly ball advanced a runner).

6th  The Pirates trade SS Dick Bartell, a .320 hitter, to the Phillies for defensive star SS Tommy Thevenow, and P Claude Willoughby. The Phils get the better of the shortstop swap, while Willoughby lives up to his nickname “Flunky.”

10th  Veteran Jim Vaughn is reinstated by Judge Landis after 8 years of ineligibility. Vaughn, who had lost a double no-hitter to Fred Toney in 1917, had jumped the Cubs in 1922. He chose to pitch for a semipro team following a salary dispute with Chicago. He will go to spring training with the Cubs in 1931 but will fail to make the team at age 43.

23rd  At the Polo Grounds, St. Louis Browns outfielder Red Badgro, playing for the NFL New York Giants, catches a TD pass against the Green Bay Packers. It is Badgro’s 3rd TD catch of the season, all from Benny Friedman. In 1981, Badgro will be elected to the Hall of Fame—for football.

24th  The Reds obtain slick fielding 1B Mickey Heath from Hollywood (PCL) for $6,000 plus Pat Crawford and Marty Callaghan. Heath hit .324 with 37 homers and 136 RBIs in 1930, both slightly down from his 1929 numbers. Heath will win the first baseman’s job but in his 7th game will break his arm against Pittsburgh. It will be the start of several unfortunate occurrences that will curtain his career.

25th  The Sporting News, also acting to fill the MVP void, announces its selection of Bill Terry as the Most Valuable Player in the NL, and Joe Cronin in the AL.