1936 December

2nd  The Cards sell Virgil Davis and Charley Gelbert to the Reds, and the Browns remodel by buying Ethan Allen from the Cubs.

3rd  The Dodgers “sell” Frenchy Bordagaray, Dutch Leonard, and Jimmy Jordan to the Cardinals. The exchange is understood to be a continuation of the September 7 transaction, which brought the Dodgers Tom Winsett, dubbed by Branch Rickey as the “next Babe Ruth,” and Eddie Morgan from the Cards’ AA farm team.

4th  The Dodgers trade Lonny Frey to the Cubs for Woody English and Roy Henshaw, and trade pitcher Ed Brandt to Pittsburgh for Cookie Lavagetto and Ralph Birkofer. The Boston Bees buy Vince DiMaggio from San Diego (PCL).

8th  In a 3-way deal, the Indians send Thornton Lee to the White Sox, who ship Jack Salveson to the Senators, who transfer Earl Whitehill to Cleveland.

Babe Ruth turns down an offer to manage the Albany farm team.

The Philadelphia Phillies trade second sacker Lou Chiozza to the New York Giants for infielder George Scharein and cash. Chiozza had three solid years as a Quaker, but will fall off in New York. The good-fielding Scharein will have three mediocre years in Philadelphia.

9th  The Red Sox trade Bill Werber to Philadelphia for Pinky Higgins.

The AL, which said no to night baseball 12 months ago, okays 7 night baseball games for St. Louis. The NL adopts a new design for home plate. It will have beveled edges, the first change in 50 years. The AL adopts a rule stating that no batter can be batting champion unless he has 400 or more at bats.

10th  Commissioner Landis announces his ruling on the Bob Feller case. Feller joined Cleveland in July and Des Moines (Western League) protested, claiming the pitcher for themselves. Landis lets Feller stay with Cleveland, pending his final ruling, which is announced today in favor of the Indians.

18th The Giants purchase the Albany International League franchise and move it to Jersey City where the team will play in the new Roosevelt Stadium. Recently retired Travis Jackson will manage the team.