1933 December

3rd  Connie Mack sells C Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000 and catcher Johnny Pasek. Cochrane is named Detroit manager.

12th  At the major leagues’ annual meeting in Chicago, the owners vote Judge Landis another 7-year contract as commissioner. Will Harridge gets a new 5-year pact as AL president.

Representatives of the Montreal International League Club, including Charles Trudeau, father of future PM Pierre, are at the Winter Meetings in hopes of landing a ML club for Montreal.

Connie Mack is still selling. First he sells Lefty Grove, the A’s top winner in each of the past 5 seasons, along with Max Bishop, and George Walberg to the Boston Red Sox for $125,000 and two players, pitcher Bob Kline and infielder Rabbit Wartsler. Then George Earnshaw and recently acquired backstop Johnny Pasek go to the White Sox for $20,000 and catcher Charlie Berry. Berry once led the NFL in scoring and will become a ML umpire in the 1940s.

14th  Washington trades Goose Goslin for Johnny Stone of the Tigers.

The Browns acquire OF Smead Jolley, P Ivy Andrews, and $40,000 from the Red Sox for Carl Reynolds. St. Louis then sends Jolley, plus SS Jim Levey, and P Wally Hebert to Hollywood (PCL) for SS Alan Strange. Strange will go to Washington for veteran SS Lyn Lary before the end of the season. Levey, meanwhile, will return East in the Fall to join the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers, where he will play halfback for 3 seasons.

15th  The major leagues agree on a uniform ball to be livelier than the NL ball of recent seasons, to match the AL balls. Owners also agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15th.

The Browns keep on dealing, purchasing Ray Pepper from the Cardinals. Pepper has spent most of the last five seasons in Rochester, but he will have a classic career year in 1934, knocking in 101 runs. He’ll sputter after that.

29th  Yankees owner Jake Ruppert refuses to release Babe Ruth so he can become manager of the Cincinnati Reds.