1926 December

5th  In a surprising choice, Cardinals C Bob O’Farrell is named NL MVP. O’Farrell caught 146 games and batted .293. He polls 79 points. Reds 2B Hughie Critz is runner-up with 60. Critz set a ML record handling 588 assists, which will be topped by Frank Frisch with 643 in 1927.

11th  Cleveland coach Jack McAllister is named to replace Speaker as Indians manager.

16th  Judge Landis is given a new 7-year term as commissioner with a raise to $65,000.

20th  In probably the biggest player-for-player trade to date, Rogers Hornsby is traded from the Cardinals to the New York Giants for Frankie Frisch and P Jimmy Ring. Hornsby, after 12 years in St. Louis, will play for 3 teams in the next 3 years. Hornsby and owner Sam Breadon had had an increasingly stormy relationship, and feelings between Frankie Frisch and John McGraw were equally as bad. Thirty years later, Hornsby will call the trade “the biggest disappointment in my life.”

23rd  The Athletics pick up 39-year-old Eddie Collins, recently released by the White Sox. The future Hall of Famer played his first 9 seasons with the Mackmen.

28th  The NL’s 1926 MVP Bob O’Farrell is named to replace Hornsby as Cards manager. The job was reportedly first offered to Bill Killefer who, out of loyalty to Hornsby turned it down, and quit. Killefer will sign on as a coach of the Browns.

30th  The Chicago Tribune breaks a story that the Tigers had thrown a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant. Responding to the publicity, Judge Landis will begin a hearing in a week.