On December 9, 1923, former major league pitcher and manager “Wild Bill” Donovan dies while traveling on the 20th Century Limited train to Chicago for Major League meetings, Donovan was the New Haven manager, in Forsyth, New York.
Another well-known baseball passenger, Hall of Fame executive George Weiss, had swapped berths with Donovan and survives the accident. Phillies owner William F. Baker (the man who accused him of wrongdoing in the Black Sox scandal) was also on the train, but he was unhurt.
The 47-year-old Donovan won 186 games over an 18-year career. In 378 career games, Donovan had a 186–139 won–loss total and threw 2964⅔ innings with 289 complete games and a 2.69 ERA.