IN THE NEWS: With rookie Jim Bottomley in the wings, the Cards send 1B Jack Fournier to the Brooklyn Robins in a trade for C Hy Myers. The veteran Fournier says he'll quit if he has to move, but gives in and plays another five years. Fournier, with 22 homers in 1923, will finish 2nd in the National League, but his 20 steals in 43 attempts, the century's worst percentage for anyone with 20 steals, will barely qualify him for the 20-20 club.
The Dodgers trade Clarence Mitchell to the Phils for George Smith. Smith, a 20-game loser last year, must breath a sigh of relief since he lost 14 straight to Brooklyn (September 3, 1920–June 25, 1922).
IN THE NEWS: Christy Mathewson becomes president of the Boston Braves after buying the club for $300,000 with New York attorney Judge Emil Fuchs and Bostonian James McDonough. The deal does not include Braves Field, which still belongs to James Gaffney. There are also 85 minority stockholders.