1921 December

6th  John McGraw finally gets Heinie Groh from the Reds; it costs him C Mike Gonzalez, OF George Burns, and a reported $250,000. Other figures range as low as $100,000.

19th In a trade that will stretch out for four months, the Chicago Cubs trade Elmer Ponder, John Sullivan, Babe Twombly five players to be named later to Los Angeles (PCL) for Jigger Statz and a player to be named later. Ponder will stay with LA and in 1925 set a PCL season record for most walks (215). In January, the Cubs will receive Vic Aldridge, who was 6-6 for them in 1919. As part of the deal, Los Angeles will receive two veterans, catcher Tom Daly in February and 3B Charlie Deal in April. Both will prove solid performers, hitting over .300 in the PCL.

In the December issue of the Chesterfieldian, Giants manager McGraw makes the case for an expanded world series in an article entitled “In Defense of the Nine Game World Series.” Despite the 1919-21 format of nine games, the World Series will stay at seven.

20th  At the ML meetings, the AL votes to return to the best-of-7 WS; the NL votes to keep the 5-of-9. Judge Landis casts the deciding vote, and the 4-of-7 format is reinstated.

The Yankees raid Boston again, and come away with P Bullet Joe Bush, SS Everett Scott, and P Sad Sam Jones in exchange for SS Roger Peckinpaugh (who goes on to Washington), pitchers Jack Quinn, Rip Collins, and Bill Piercy, and $50,000. The Red Sox aren’t through as they trade Stuffy McInnis to Cleveland for Joe Harris, Elmer Smith and George Burns.

22nd  Socks Seybold, the holder of the AL season HR record before Ruth, dies at 51 when his car plunges over an embankment.