|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» November 6, 1933: Sidney Weil quits as Cincinnati Reds president. Larry MacPhail acquires an interest in the team and is elected director. MacPhail will become GM.
» June 8, 1934: At Cincinnati, the Reds edge the Cubs, 4–3, behind the hitting of Babe Herman. With a man on, he hits his 3rd homer in four days, and scores in the 6th after hitting his 2nd double of the game. With the Midwest sweltering in a heat wave, Larry MacPhail flies the Reds to Chicago to Chicago on two American Airlines cabin planes. One coach and seven players elect to travel by rail. The Cubs will travel by Pullman car and lose tomorrow to Tony Frietas and the Reds, 5–2.
» May 24, 1935: After a day's delay because of rain, the Cincinnati Reds host the Philadelphia Phillies in the first ML night game, winning 2–1 before a crowd of 24,422. On the initiative of Larry MacPhail, FDR throws the switch at the White House to turn on the lights. the Phils Mike Chiozza is the first batter as the Reds Paul Derringer outduels Joe Bowan, though the Reds are outhit, six to 4. The Reds will play seven night games in all, one each against the other National League teams.
» March 23, 1938: Judge Landis frees 74 Cardinal minor leaguers, among them Pete Reiser, in yet another attempt to halt the cover-up he perceived the farm system caused. Larry MacPhail makes a pact with Branch Rickey to take the unknown player and swap him back in the future, but Reiser's ability is too great to hide.
» August 2, 1938: Larry MacPhail has official baseballs dyed dandelion yellow, and they are used in the first game of a doubleheader between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Ebbets Field. The Dodgers win 6-2, but Johnny Mize hits one of Freddie Fitzsimmons's knuckleballs for the first "yellow" HR.
» December 6, 1938: Larry MacPhail ends an agreement with the Yankees and Giants to ban broadcasts in the New York area and sells the radio rights of the Dodgers games to Wheaties.
» June 12, 1940: In a sweet trade for Brooklyn, GM Larry MacPhail perfects his outfield and gets one pitcher: Joe Medwick and 37-year-old Curt Davis, a 22-game winner last year, are acquired from the Cardinals for Ernie Koy, P Carl Doyle, minor leaguers Bert Haas and Sam Nahem, and $125,000. Medwick is hitting .338.
» June 18, 1940: Joe Medwick, in the Dodger lineup for six days after his trade from the Cardinals, is beaned by St. Louis P Bob Bowman at Ebbets Field in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Cards win their 6th straight in 11 innings 7–5, as Bowman is escorted from the park by policemen. Hospitalized, Medwick will return to the lineup after several days, but he is never again a major power hitter. Larry MacPhail wants Bowman banned for life. The night before, Bowman allegedly got into an argument with Medwick and Leo Durocher in a hotel elevator.
» November 11, 1940: Brooklyn's Larry MacPhail still needs a starting pitcher to make his Dodgers a threat to the Reds. He gets Kirby Higbe from the Phils for $100,000, P Vito Tamulis, and Bill Crouch.
» March 5, 1941: Dodger president Larry MacPhail issues instructions that all Dodger players must live in Brooklyn. MacPhail is also campaigning for visiting teams to stay in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan.
» March 7, 1941: At Havana, the Dodgers roll over the Cleveland Indians 15–0. Pee Wee Reese and Joe Medwick use a batting helmet designed by two Johns Hopkins doctors with the help of Larry MacPhail. The two Dodgers, victims of HBPs last year, pronounce the helmets satisfactory. Brooklyn P Van Lingle Mungo celebrates the win a little too hard and when tomorrow's game is rained out, he continues to party. The result is that manager Leo Durocher sends him a note informing Mungo he's been reassigned to the Dodgers' minor league camp in Macon. Mungo will pitch just two innings for Brooklyn this year.
» June 1, 1941: After losing six straight games in mid-May, the Dodgers begin to show the results of the trades by Larry MacPhail and Leo Durocher. They win their ninth-straight game and are well entrenched in first place.
» August 20, 1941: Larry MacPhail stages a fashion show before a Ladies Day crowd at Ebbets Field. Such promotions, as well as the Dodgers pennant race, will push the home gate to over one million fans.
» August 31, 1942: Larry MacPhail seeks insurance for the Dodger pennant run by buying Bobo Newsom from the Senators for $25,000. The purchase had been rumored for weeks. The veteran will respond by shutting out Cincinnati 2–0 in three days. [Blanking the Reds is not difficult. Bill McKechnie's team will hit .231 for the season, the lowest in the ML since the Highlanders hit .229 in 1914 and Brooklyn .229 in 1910.]
» September 23, 1942: Larry French of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitches a brilliant one-hitter, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 for his 197th career win. After a brief relief stint on the 26th, he will join the U.S. Navy, rise through the ranks and retire in 1969 with the rank of captain. Larry MacPhail, the 52-year-old Dodger president, also announces today that he is quitting at the end of the season to reenter the army.
» November 1, 1942: Larry MacPhail enters the army. The Dodgers look to St. Louis for leadership. After 2 decades in St. Louis, Branch Rickey splits with owner Sam Breadon. He will sign to become GM at Brooklyn.
» January 25, 1945: 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.
» April 24, 1945: At a meeting of owners in Cleveland a list of possible successors to Judge Landis is cut to 6: Ford Frick, president of the National League, and five politicians, Jim Farley, Carl Vinson, Robert Patterson, Bob Hannegan, and Frank Lausche. Larry MacPhail suggests adding the name of Albert "Happy" Chandler, a Kentucky senator. The list then narrows to Chandler and Hannegan. On the first ballot Chandler leads 11-5, short of the required three-fourths. One vote switches over, and the owners unanimously approve the selection. Also approved is the Malaney Plan for interleague play, first brought up at the February meeting. Besides the same-city games, Cincinnati will play at Cleveland, Brooklyn at Washington, and Detroit at Pittsburgh. The latter contest will later be scrapped when the ODT refused to grant the Tigers permission to detour 62 miles to get to Pittsburgh. The seven benefit games will held on July nine and 10.
» May 24, 1946: Co-owner and GM Larry MacPhail fires Joe McCarthy as Yankee manager, and Bill Dickey replaces him. As prove that McCarthy had lost control of his players, MacPhail cites a confrontation between the manager and Joe Page during a May 21st flight from Cleveland to Detroit. McCarthy, whose health is ailing, leaves the team with a 22–13 record.
» October 11, 1946: The Yankees send veteran Joe Gordon and Ed Bockman to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds (11–15). Columnist Dan Daniel will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but DiMaggio advised them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees championship teams while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good years. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.
» March 8, 1947: In Havana's new Stadium del Cerro, the Dodgers, behind three pitchers, beat the Yankees in 10 innings 1–0. Carl Furillo scores on Pete Reiser's double, and Snuffy Stirnweiss's 10th-inning single is the only Yankee hit. On hand to watch is Connie Zimmerman, an associate of mobster Lucky Luciano, and a racing handicapper, Memphis Engelberg. As Burt Solomon writes, Leo Durocher points out the men to sports writers Dick Young and Milt Gross, saying, "Look at that. If I had those guys in my box, I'd be kicked out of baseball. Are there two sets of rules? One applying to managers and one applying to club owners. When asked about if the me are his guests, Dodger GM Larry MacPhail snaps, "What are you. The goddam FBI?" MacPhail calls Durocher a liar, and in a bizarre turn, later files charges against the manager with the commissioner's office.
» April 9, 1947: Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends manager Leo Durocher of the Brooklyn Dodgers for the entire season for incidents detrimental to baseball. Larry MacPhail and the Dodger organization are fined $2,000 each, and Yankee coach Charley Dressen is set down for 30 days. A feud involving Durocher, MacPhail, and Dodger officials rocked the training season. The Yankees' signing of Dressen and Red Corriden, longtime Brooklyn coaches, charges of consorting with Cuban gamblers against MacPhail, and charges and counter charges that Durocher had sought—or been offered—the Yankee managerial post were included in the hearing before Chandler.
» October 7, 1947: Larry MacPhail resigns as Yankees general manager moments after the final game of the series. Co-owners Dan Topping and Del Webb then buy out MacPhail's one-third interest in the club for $2 million. George Weiss will become GM.
» October 24, 1951: Larry MacPhail calls for four new major leagues, including a Pacific Coast League.