IN THE NEWS: Toronto sells Ken Strong to Detroit. A former All-American football player at NYU, Strong hit .340. However, a botched operation on his wrist during the winter leaves him unable to throw effectively, and he settles for a pro football career with the New York Giants that eventually takes him to that sport's Hall of Fame.
IN THE NEWS: Baseball owners, fearful of the effects of the Depression, vote to cut squads from 25 players to 23. Both leagues will stop awarding MVP trophies. The National League continues to prohibit uniform numbers. As noted by historian Doug Pappas, the NL loans the Phillies $35,000 and loans Judge Emil Fuchs, owner of the Braves, $20,000 secured by his stock. Fuchs' finances are such that he won't even pay the interest from 1935-37, and will file for bankruptcy in 1938, three years after retiring from the Braves.
IN THE NEWS: Despite two wins in the World Series, spitball veteran Burleigh Grimes is traded by the Cards to the Cubs for the fallen Hack Wilson. Wilson will be offered just $7,500 reflecting the owner's new austerity drive. Grimes will have three losing seasons in Chicago before calling it quits.