1948 November

4th Former OF Jake Powell, 39, shoots and kills himself in a Washington, D.C., police station. Powell was arrested for writing checks on a false account. Powell was the star of the 1936 WS, going 4-for-4 in game one against Carl Hubbell and finishing the series with a .455 average and scoring 8 runs.

10th In a move that will give Chicago their mound ace for the 1950s, Detroit sends young Billy Pierce (3-0 in 1948) to the White Sox for C Aaron Robinson. The Tigers even sweeten the deal with $10,000.

22nd The White Sox trade P Joe Haynes to Cleveland for C Joe Tipton. Haynes will be swapped again in 3 weeks.

30th Player-manager Lou Boudreau is selected the AL MVP. Boudreau had almost been traded to the Browns earlier in the year, but protests by fans kept Lou in Cleveland. After the WS win, owner Bill Veeck commented, “Sometimes the best trades are the ones you never make.” According to historian Pete Palmer, this year Boudreau became the last AL player in the 20th C to hit over .400 on the road. Coincidentally, Musial matched that feat in the NL this year.