IN THE NEWS: Training rosters list 260 players who are classified 4F for military service, and quality of big-league play will decline even more from 1944 and 1943. But the flow of players will begin to turn around. Rosters will include Al Benton, Tigers; Jim Wallace and Tom Earley, Braves; and Van Mungo of the Giants as players returning from the military.
The Yankees are sold by the Ruppert estate to Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping, and Del Webb for $2.8 million. For that price the trio obtains 400 players, 266 of them in military service, Yankee Stadium, parks in Newark and Kansas City, and leases on other minor league ballparks. Jake Ruppert, who died in 1939, paid more than the new purchase price for the ground on which Yankee Stadium was built in 1923.