August A. Busch buys the Cardinals for $3.75 million and pledges not to move the team from St. Louis. In April of 2018, Forbes estimated the value of the franchise, currently owned by Bill DeWitt Jr. as approaching two billion dollars.
The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 in 1908, to the Cleveland Naps for pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan and $12,500. The namesake of the CY Young Award will win 19 games for the Naps in the coming season.
1967 Red Ruffing is selected for the Hall of Fame through a special runoff election since nobody received the required 75 percent vote in January. Ruffing won 273 games and pitched in seven World Series for the Yankees.
2002 The Detroit Tigers sign Dmitri Young, who hit .302 with 21 home runs for Cincinnati in ’01, to a four-year contract, after they traded for him in December. In 2003, his 167 hits will outpace his closest teammate by 53!
1981 Arbitrator Raymond Goetz supports the MLBPA grievance and declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent on the grounds that the club mailed his 1981 contract two days after the December 20 deadline. Fisk was signed by the White Sox on March 18, 1981.
1924 Clark Griffith picks 27-year-old second baseman Bucky Harris to manage the Washington Senators. Harris was 22 years old when he broke into MLB on August 28, 1919, with the Washington club. The Senators would win their only World Series championship in ’24 with Harris at the helm.
The St. Louis Browns sign Satchel Paige. The 45-year-old pitcher had been out of MLB since last pitching for the Indians in 1949. In 1971, twenty years to the day, Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10 the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues will formally select the fireballer for induction.
1919 N.L. president John Heydler dismisses charges brought in 1918 by Reds owner Garry Herrmann and manager Christy Mathewson against Hal Chase for betting against his team and throwing games in collusion with gamblers. Two weeks later, Giants manager John McGraw trades first baseman Walter Holke and catcher Bill Rariden to the Reds for Chase. The 1919 season will end with the…