1905 December

5th  The Washington Senators trade Happy Jack Townsend to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Frank Kitson. Townsend led the AL in losses in 1904 with a 5-26 record, but had improved this past year to a 7-16 record with a 2.63 ERA.

8th  The Senators trade pitcher Beany Jacobson to the Browns for Willie Sudhoff.

15th  After losing a record 29 games this year, veteran righthander Vic Willis is traded by 7th-place Boston NL to Pittsburgh for 3 players: Del Howard, infielder Dave Brain, who the Pirates acquired from the Cardinals in mid-season, and Vive Lindaman. Willis will rebound with 4 straight 20-win seasons.

Boston (NL) continues trading, sending C Pat Moran to the Cubs for C Jack O’Neill and P Big Jeff Pfeffer.

16th  The Cubs trade OF Jack McCarthy and Billy Maloney, 3B Doc Casey, and pitcher Buttons Briggs and $2000 to Brooklyn for Jimmy Sheckard, who will take over LF for the NL champions of the next 3 years.

23rd  Lave Cross, 38-year-old 3B, is sold to Washington by the Athletics. Cross set a ML record in 1902 by driving in 108 runs without hitting a home run. Cross was 2-for-19 in the recent World Series and will be the oldest player to debut in the post season in the 20th century.

24th Merry Christmas, Happy. The Detroit Tigers trade Happy Jack Townsend to the Cleveland Naps in exchange for Red Donahue. Happy had been acquired by the Tigers less than three weeks ago.