This Day In Baseball February 3
Events for February 3
1900 – Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park Ball Grounds in Baltimore. John McGraw’s men camp around a fire at third base. Ned Hanlon, his former manager in Baltimore in the 1890s, now manager of Brooklyn and still president of the Baltimore club in the National League, has forces camped around first base.
1920 – A meeting in Kansas City results in the birth of the Negro National League. Chicago American Giants owner Rube Foster spearheads the formation of the league, which will consist of eight franchises: Chicago Giants, Cuban Stars, Dayton Marcos, Detroit Stars, Indianapolis ABCs, Chicago American Giants, Kansas City Monarchs and St. Louis Giants.
The University of Illinois suspends Lou Boudreau for taking illegal payments from the Indians, but the 19 year-old hoopster will go on to have a 15-year Hall of Fame baseball career in the big leagues as a player-manager for Cleveland and the Red Sox. Also, as a broadcaster, he will be traded to the Cubs by radio station WGN to become the team’s skipper.
1942 – Major League owners hold a meeting to discuss regulations to be used during World War II. The owners decide to have each team play 14 night games, except for the Washington Senators, who will be permitted 21 games under the lights at Griffith Stadium. Two All-Star Games will be played, one with a military All-Star team. Curfews are set for night games with no inning to start after 12:50 A.M.
At a meeting to determine new guidelines necessitated by the U.S. involvement in WWII, the major league owners vote to allow each club to play 14 night games, with the Senators allocated 21 due to the large number of government workers located in Washington, D.C. Metro area. The regulation includes a provision that no inning will start after 12:50 A.M.during the evening tilts.
During the New York Baseball Writers Association meeting in New York, Walter O’Malley passes a note to Cubs owner Phil Wrigley, who controls the territorial rights to LA, offering Brooklyn’s Texas League team in Fort Worth in return for the Cubs’ Los Angeles PCL minor league franchise. The swap of farm teams will be announced on February 21, clearing the path for the Dodgers to move to the City of Angels.