From the 1/2/41 Sporting News:
Ford Frick doesn't expect the military draft to hurt the majors. There is an average of five single men on each team. The draft went into effect shortly after the 1940 season ended.
Ed Hughes has written an article for the magazine Friday in which he claims that Babe Ruth has been blacklisted from managing because he almost single handedly raised players salaries. Will Harridge has responded that Babe blew chances to manage both the Newark Bears and St Louis Browns.
Dan Daniel reports with cnfodence that the Yankees are about to be sold to an oil syndicate led by Jim Farley. The addition of rookies Gerry Priddy and Phil Rizzutto has Joe McCarthy thinking pennant. McCarthy is not concerned with shuffling his infield. In his mind, only Joe DiMaggio is untouchable. The Yankees have also acquired Buddy Rosar to spell Bill Dickey. The Yanks have sold off two of their pitchers, monte Pearson and Bump Hadley, and are reportedly interested in acquiring Chet Laabs from the Browns.
The Dodgers may be the only team in New York to broadcast their games. If Red Barber doesn't return, Waite Hoyt is predicted to be the Volice of the Dodgers. The Yankees and Giants fear that radio broadcasts will lower attendance.
In St. Louis, the sale of several players including Mickey Owen, Bob Bowman and Stu Martin has brought the team approximately $160,000. Each shareholder has received $7 per share from the sale (there are a total of 10,000 shares). Owner Sam Breadon says that the Cardinals barely broke even during the 1940 season. He says the Cards need to draw at least 332,000 per year. If they don't they will be operating at a loss. The Browns have received Johnny Allen in a trade with the Indians. Allen had been a flamethrower until an arm injury in 1938. He may be difficult to sign, becuase he is coming off a two year $19,000 contract. The Browns want to sign him to a $7,000 a yeal deal that is incentive laden.
In Detroit, Charlie Gehringer has decided not to retire after all and has already signed his contract (terms not disclosed). The Tigers haven't had a serious holdout since Greenberg in 1936.
The Boston Bees have Eddie Miller under contract for 1941. Steady Eddie's glove work was seen as a big reason for the Bees good performance in 1940. Even Larry MacPhail has said that he would rather have Miller at short than Pewee Reese. miller had 920 total chances in 1940. Baseball men judge an infielder by his total chances and number of double plays that he is involved in. Miller also had 28 errors, for a FLD of .970. The former head of the Red Sox farm system, Billy Evans, is considering taking over the Elmira team in the Easter League.
The Indians are looking forward to a better season now that ossie Vitt is gone and Roger Peckinpaugh is back as manager. In December they traded Johnny Allen to the Browns and Ben Chapman to the Senators. Ed McAuley of the Cleveland News thinks that if the boys were better tempered they would still be with the Indians. Now they will probably spend the year languishing in the second division. Vitt will spnd 1941 managing Portland in the PCL.
In the NL a hitter needs to appear in 100 games to qualify for a batting title (in the AL, a hitter needs 400 AB). so Debs Garms of Pittsburgh was declared batting chapion. In 103 games, with 355 AB, Garms hit .355. If the NL used the AL standard, Stan Hack of thre Cubs would have won. Hack had 603 AB and hit .317. garms was also the toughest to strike out, he had 6 Ks.
Connie Mack has announced that most of his players can expect a small raise for 1941.This won't apply to Ben McCoy or Bob Johnson. They are both in the second year of two year deals. Mack is feeling magnanimous, since he thinks that last place players don't have much bargaining power. Mack also announced that Earle Brucker will be pitching coach this year, but was careful to announce that he and Brucker would be making all pitching decisions.
Executive-Walter Briggs Detroit Tigers
Manager-Bill McKechnie Cincinnati Reds
Player-Bob Feller Cleveland Indians
Minor League Executive-Roy Hamey Kansas City Blues AA
Minor League Manager-Larry Gilbert Nashvill Vols SA
Minor League Player-Phil Rizzuto Kansas City Blues AA