1934 November

1st  The Giants obtain Dick Bartell from the Phillies for 3B Johnny Vergez, P Pretzel Pezzulo, OF George Watkins, and cash. Bartell will help cement the infield for the Giants in the next two years.

2nd  William Heydler resigns as NL president due to poor health.

3rd  Although Lou Gehrig wins the Triple Crown with 49 HRs, 165 RBI, and a .363 BA, Mickey Cochrane, with 2 HRs, 76 RBI, and a .320 BA, is named AL MVP. Cochrane has 67 points to finish ahead of teammates Charlie Gehringer (65 points) and Schoolboy Rowe (59 points). Lefty Gomez of the Yankees polls 60. Dizzy Dean, with a 30-7 record, is chosen as NL MVP easily outdistancing Pitt’s Paul Waner.

8th  Ford Frick, NL publicity director, is named league president. He will eventually become commissioner.

13th  Bucky Harris, who had been “Boy Manager” of the 1924 and 1925 AL champion Senators, is hired back by Washington to replace youthful Joe Cronin, who has been sold to Boston.

The Reds purchase pitcher Danny MacFayden conditionally from the New York Yankees. MacFayden is happy to leave the Yankees, saying “I would rather take my chances on winning for Charley Dressen than to put in another season attempting to pitch the way McCarthy wants his hurlers to work. McCarthy is convinced all pitchers should hurl with an overhand motion. All of us cannot do it successfully, but if you are to pitch for McCarthy you must pitch that way.” After he goes 1-2 next spring, the Reds return him to the Yankees, saving themselves $7500 of the $12,500 conditional purchase price (as noted by Bill Nowlin).

18th  Al Schacht leaves Washington to join Boston as a coach, breaking up the clown act he had performed with Nick Altrock.

20th  The Browns send good hitting Bruce Campbell to Cleveland for over-the-hill Johnny Burnett, P Bob Weiland, and cash. Weiland will go 0-2 with the Browns but resurface in 1937 for the Cards, where he’ll do well.

Seventeen-year-old Eiji Sawamura gives up one hit, a HR to Lou Gehrig in the 7th, as the touring American all-stars win in Japan 1–0. At one point Sawamura strikes out 4 in a row—Gehringer, Ruth, Foxx, and Gehrig. The all-stars easily win the other 15 games against high school and post-college players. College players in Japan are prohibited from playing against foreigners.

Catcher Moe Berg shoots movie film showing the roofs of Tokyo. The film will allegedly be used as a guide by U.S. bombers during WWII.

21st The Cards send 16-game winner Tex Carleton to the Cubs for pitchers Bud Tinning, Dick Ward and cash. Carleton will win 11 in Chicago next season while Tinning and Ward will help little.

The Yankees acquire PCL star Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco.

22nd  The Pirates and Cubs make a trade which brings Chicago a needed lefty in Larry French, as well as Fred Lindstrom. They send Guy Bush, Jim Weaver, and Babe Herman to Pittsburgh.

29th  Added late to the Japanese squad, 18-year-old Victor Starffin makes his lone appearance against the American traveling all-stars, pitching one inning. Starffin walks Ruth and Gehrig but retires three batters without a run scoring.