IN THE NEWS: The Phils buy IF Heinie Sand from Salt Lake City (PCL) for four players and cash. A competent SS, Sand will be the object of an alleged bribery scheme that causes another scandal.
Alarmed at the increase in home run hitting (1,054 in the major leagues, up from 936), some American League owners back a zoning system setting a minimum of 300 feet for a ball to be called a home run. The motion dies. In another action, the league requires each club to furnish two home uniforms per player, plus extra caps and stockings on the road, to improve the players' appearance. In National League meetings, Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps. It's left to each club to do as it wishes.
IN THE NEWS: In a joint meeting, the ban on nonwaiver trades after June 15th is approved. The National League favors a 50-player limit until June 15th, the American League votes for 40. Judge Landis breaks the deadlock in favor of 40. Compensation of World Series umpires is changed from a percentage of the players' pool to a flat $2,000.
Still smarting over the rejection of the official scorer's decision in the Ty Cobb case, the national baseball writers' group meets and votes to back the New York group's protest. Fred Lieb, who had filled in the AP box score giving Cobb the disputed hit, asks Ban Johnson to revise the records to .399 for Cobb. Johnson complains of not receiving box scores from some writers, who are appointed by the clubs as official scorers.
IN THE NEWS: The Eastern Colored League (chartered as the Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs) is formally organized. The league will complete five seasons before folding in midsummer of 1928.
IN THE NEWS: On their tour of the Far East, the Herb Hunter All-Americans, with Casey Stengel and Waite Hoyt among its members, beats a team of U.S. servicemen, 12-5, in Manila. In other games, the All-Americans are the first team of major leaguers to play a Chinese team, in Shanghai, and also play a Korean all-star team in Seoul, whipping them, 21–3. The American all-star also lost a game in Japan when Zensuke Shimada hit an out-of-the-park homer against Waite Hoyt and the Mita Club defeated the All-Americans, 9-3. It was the first loss by a team of touring U.S professionals in Japan.