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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 11, 1917: The Phils sell star pitcher Grover Alexander, twice a 30-game winner, and his personal catcher "Reindeer" Bill Killefer to the Cubs for righthander "Iron" Mike Prendergast, C Pickles Dillhoefer, and $55,000. Phils owner William Baker later admits he made the trade because, "I needed the money." The 5th-place Cubs expect the addition of Alexander to greatly strengthen their staff, but Alex will be drafted in the Army.
»February 22, 1922: Cards C Pickles Dillhoefer, 26, dies from typhoid fever following an operation.