IN THE NEWS: The Boston Bees sell Debs Garms to the Pirates. Garms will get only 358 at bats for the Bucs but, nevertheless, will lead the NL in hitting with a .355 average. Unlike the AL's 400 at bats, the NL rules state that a player must appear in at least a hundred games: Garms will play in 103. Ford Frick, NL prexy, will clarify this in September when it is clear that Garms will not reach the 400 ABs. (Pirate teammate Virgil Davis will be the nominal runnerup at .326, but play just 99 games). Garms will drop to .264 in 1941 and he will be out of baseball in 1942.
IN THE NEWS: An inter-league all-star game is played in Florida for the benefit of Finland, which has been attacked by the Soviet Union. Over $20,000 is raised, but the Finlanders give up their battle within a few days of the benefit.
IN THE NEWS: In an exhibition game that might be a spring training record of sorts, the Kansas City Blues pound the Washington Senators, 22–5. The Blues collect 23 hits for 46 bases. Frenchy Bordagaray starts the scoring with a home run in the 1st; Jack Saltzgaver is 3-for-3 with three triples and five RBIs. Another familiar name, Johnny Lindell, yields three hits in three innings for the Blues.
IN THE NEWS: During a 10–1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in LA, White Sox vet 2B Jackie Hayes catches a cinder in his eye. The eye will become infected and though he finishes the season, he loses the sight in the eye. In 1943 he will lose the sight in both eyes.