1939 November

12th  The youngest of the 3 DiMaggio brothers, Dom, is bought for $40,000 by the Boston Red Sox from San Francisco (PCL).

Pitcher Victor Starffin wins his 42nd game in a 96-game season, leading the Yomiuri Giants to the pennant, and setting a post-1900 world record for season victories that will be equaled (by Kazuhisa Inao in 1961) but never broken. Starffin, the 6’4” son of Russian immigrants, was exempt from the military call-up of able-bodied Japanese. From 1936-55 he won 303 games, the first in Japanese baseball to top the 300 mark. Except for Oh, he is the only non-Japanese player in the Japanese baseball Hall of Fame.

19th The National Professional Indoor Baseball League, headed by league president Tris Speaker, begins play. The league has 10 clubs, one in each then Major League city except Washington, with teams managed by Bill Wambsganss, Gabby Street, Brick Owens, Moose McCormick, Harry Davis, Joe Dugan, Freddy Maguire, and Otto Miller. The game is similar to softball, with 60-foot distances between the bases, and a 12-inch-circumference ball thrown underhand from 40 feet away. About 2,000 turned out for Opening Day in New York to watch Brooklyn and New York split a doubleheader. Alas, the league will disappear in a month.

28th Ken Keltner is turned down in Cleveland for off-season unemployment benefits.

29th  Judge Landis fines Brooklyn, Detroit, and the St. Louis farm club, Columbus, for manipulating player contracts. He frees seven farm hands.