IN THE NEWS: A joint National League-American League rules committee decrees that: a runner touched or held by a coach while rounding 3B is out; coaches may now assist other members of their team, not just base runners; the frequently violated rule requiring pitchers to stand behind the rubber until ready to pitch is rescinded—they may now stand on the rubber; base runners are now not permitted to run on an infield fly. A move to eliminate the intentional walk is defeated.
IN THE NEWS: Veteran umpire Hank O'Day, who managed the Reds in 1912, signs to skipper the Cubs.
The world tourists arrive in Rome where they stage a demonstration of the game. After a private audience with the Pope, they travel to Paris. They will be rained out in Paris and end the tour in England on February 26th before King George V.
IN THE NEWS: Declining to remain with the Cubs as a player after being fired as manager, Johnny Evers is traded to the Boston Braves for 2B Bill Sweeney. Evers will have one good season left, leading the Miracle Braves to the pennant and willing the Chalmers Award for MVP. Sweeney will sour in Chicago.